Massage Increases: Energy & Endurance • Flexibility & Range of Motion • Circulation & Lymphatic Drainage • Muscle Tone & Propriocepsis • Trust, Bonding & Relaxation • Cellular Oxygenation
Massage Decreases: Pain & Tension • Stress, Anxiety & Fear • Soreness & Stiffness • Blood Pressure • Surgery or Injury Recovery Time • Inflammation
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People often exclaim “Massage, for dogs… you’re kidding me, right???”
When they do, I typically ask a couple of questions of my own: “Have you ever had a massage? Can you describe how you felt afterward?”
Usually you can see a palpable calm come over their bodies as they say things like, “oh, it felt great! I felt relaxed and less stressed- I didn’t even worry about all the things I usually obsess about” or “My back pain finally went away” or “I didn’t yell at the kids for days!”
Then I ask- “Wouldn’t you want your dog to feel that way?” Most people nod, they get it.
Most of our dogs are dealing with many of the very same stresses of modern life that we are- 24/7 non-stop sensory stimulation that is probably more accurately described as multi-sensory overload. Combine that with their role in our families and the way they often absorb our stress and anxiety, along with being maybe a little overweight with joints a wee bit creaky (like most of us as we age), or prone to over-exertion from extra long hikes and frisbee-fetch games or agility competition and your dog may be set-up to be as much of a basket case as one of the real housewives of New Jersey…or worse!
We see dogs in physical pain, recovering from injuries, with emotional stresses and imbalance, as well as behavioral issues. Often times a series of massages has a calming, grounding effect upon dogs and we see a leap in achievement of training objectives. It is not unusual for a dog’s energy level to perk up the day-after a massage or for behavior to improve.
My passion is working with stressed-out, geriatric, surgical recovery, and “misunderstood” dogs. My dog have been my greatest teachers and I look forward to learning with yours!
Massage Articles in Recent Print: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/21/garden/21pets.html?pagewanted=all