So many people have asked me, "Why canine massage?"..
Why not canine massage?
It's estimated that 78 million dogs are owned in the United States, approximately 44% of all households in the United States have a dog.* We love our dogs. Am I right? They're members of our family. They're our best friends, our confidants, our companions. Their lives are short, and you want them to have the best quality of life. Think about all the benefits that WE receive from massage: lower stress, eased tight muscles, pain relief, immune system boost, improved flexibility, and general feeling of well being, just to name a few. Why wouldn't you want to give your companion the same benefits?
Massage is a holistic form of care. It acts upon the entire body in an effort to restore balance and increase an individual's overall wellness. Used in combination with regular veterinary care, massage can prove invaluable benefits for your furry family members. Canine massage is grounded in real science including anatomy, kinesiology and psychology. In fact, in Alabama, in order to be a Canine Massage Therapist (or ANY animal massage therapist) you not only have to BE a licensed massage therapist, but you have to have 100 hours of Anatomy and Physiology in each species you massage as well as formal education for that species, and the animal has to have a prescription for massage from a licensed veterinarian. Here is the law, it's not just glorified petting by some random person, you can't just take a class and call yourself a Canine Massage Therapist.
Canine massage is never a substitute for veterinary care; I will be working with several veterinarians in the area and I will have the list of them in the upcoming weeks. Currently I do in home visits.
I cannot work on your dog without Veterinary approval, please download and print the Referral form and take it your your vet to sign.
To answer the burning question in your mind, yes, I will still be working with humans, and will add some additional massage packages for you and your dog. Stay tuned for my canine updates!
* Source: American Pet Products Association 2015-2016 (APPA)