Canine massage is a therapeutic discipline that involves directly working with all of the soft tissues of a dog’s body in order to assist the dog in achieving relief from a variety of physical and emotional challenges, including muscular soreness, chronic stress, and more.
The many benefits of massage include:
Enhance muscle tone and range of motion.
Reduces inflammation and swelling in the joints, thereby alleviating pain.
Promotes the healing process by increasing the flow of nutrients to the muscles, and aiding in carrying away excessive fluids and toxins.
Creates a positive effect on the contractual and release process of the muscles...releasing tension...relaxing muscles.
Stimulates circulation by: defrosting frozen muscles, thereby releasing endorphins - the body's natural pain killers.
Helps to maintain the whole body in better physical condition.
Meet our massage specialist!
Certified Veterinary Technician and Certified Veterinary Massage and Rehabilitation Therapist
Having the opportunity to work with animals in this capacity is a blessing. Whether helping improve their quality of life, conditioning healthy athletes, comfort care, or even relaxation, massage can be beneficial for animals at all stages of their life. I feel most passionate about providing a helpful, healing modality for palliative care and our beautiful senior pets. In their golden years, animals often need additional comfort care that can help improve their quality of life. Our companions are always there for us without question, so I feel that it is important to reciprocate this special and unique gift. When I see the appreciation in a dog’s eyes after working with them, it is a very fulfilling moment. I enjoy teaching general massage so that you can also help your pet at home. Massage can be a lovely bonding experience for both of you!
In addition to being a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT), I completed post-graduate education and training through The Healing Oasis in 2018, becoming a Certified Veterinary Massage and Rehabilitation Therapist (CVMRT). I furthered my canine massage training at Canis Bodyworks in 2019, completing courses in general massage therapy, myofascial trigger point therapy, lymphatic massage, orthopedic friction for tendon and ligament healing, and oncology massage for cancer care. Along with these courses, I also successfully completed a three day trust building workshop geared toward gaining trust with our four-legged friends to help them feel more at ease in a different setting. A low stress massage is the key to success!
Beyond massage, I am also a level one reiki practitioner through Usui Shiki Ryoho, and a level one medicinal aromatherapist with Wisdom of the Earth. I often incorporate both essential oils and reiki in massage sessions.
During the summer of 2018, I joined the wonderful team here at IVS. Currently, I have a sweet little Pekingese Mix named Patchouli and one very sassy cat called Jolene. Together, they constantly keep me on my toes! In my spare time, I like to write, take selfies with my dog, and help with Monarch butterfly conservation.
I am looking forward to working with you and your pet!