Just as we humans appreciate the health and emotional benefits of massage therapy, so do our pets!
Therapeutic Paws Massage is a mobile, in-home service provided by Anne Morrison, a state licensed and national board certified small animal practitioner.
As a massage practitioner for small animals (with a focus on dogs, cats and an occasional rabbit), Anne provides sessions in your home, making it comfortable for the animal and easy for you. Massage can provide numerous positive benefits for your pet in all stages of life. Massage Services include maintenance, rehabilitative and hospice massage therapy.
Massage is a noninvasive technique that works with the body’s natural energy and offers a gentle but effective way to keep each system operating at a high level of efficiency. The emotional benefits are also clearly evident. Many animals with emotional issues stemming from grief, abuse, or abandonment respond positively to the relaxation and healing touch of massage. Massage should be part of everyone's wellness routine! Massage includes a variety of techniques applied to the soft tissue which can help support the health and well-being of your companion animal.
As humans we are able to vocalize to our massage practitioners how we are feeling and where there might be tension and pain. While animals cannot vocalize this information, they do communicate it through changes in behavior and body language. It may be a physical change, as with a limp or difficulty lowering hindquarters into a seated position. Or it may be a metabolic change, indicated by a lack of appetite, or increased water consumption. Either physical or metabolic, the change may be a minor health issue or point to a more serious condition.
As your pet's guardian, you are more in tune with what is normal for your pet than you probably realize. Recognizing early warning signs and having them evaluated are both key to your pet's well-being.
Traditional Swedish Massage strokes are used to:
- Improve circulation
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Reduce muscular tension and pain
- Improve posture
- Balance energy and efficiency of movement