Why does my dog need massage?
Just like people, dogs of all ages can benefit from massage. Massage helps to maintain the overall well-being of your four legged companion. It is a non-invasive and proactive approach that helps every system within your dog’s body to function better. Above all, massage can help your dog feel more comfortable in their body on an emotional and physical level, so they can enjoy a better quality of life.
What’s the difference between Petting and Massaging a Dog?
Petting involves stroking a dog’s fur and does not involve or engage the soft tissue of a dog’s body. Massage, however, engages the soft tissue of the dog’s body to stretch and lengthen connective tissue and contracted muscles. The benefits people experience from massage also applies to our dogs. Dogs can carry tension in their body just like people do. Skilled practitioners can easily detect areas of tension in a dog’s body and then use various techniques to help release those tension areas and provide comfort.
Benefits of Canine Massage
- Enhances circulation
- Promotes deeper and easier breathing
Sharpens mental focus and attitude which can help behavior issues and training
- Improves skin and coat condition
- Maintains good posture and body balance
- Helps calm hyperactive, anxious, and nervous dogs
- Supports weight loss by energizing your dog and motivating them to exercise
- Can help your dog deal with stressful situations such as boarding
- Increases muscle flexibility, and joint range of motion which helps reduce injuries
- Enhances performance and endurance in competition and working dogs
- Releases restrictions within muscles from misuse or overuse, to allow for more efficient muscle function
- Promotes better muscle tone
- Aids handicapped dogs
- Addresses compensation patterns such as incorrect posture and movement
- Relaxes muscles that can inhibit your dog’s movement and performance
- Reduces stress and swelling to muscles and joints
- Frees muscle aches
- Invigorates aging and senior dogs
- Provides comfort during end of life care
*Canine Massage is NOT a substitute for veterinary medical care. Some conditions may be aggravated by massage. All medical cases must be approved by your veterinarian before massage sessions can begin.