Welcome to Heal dog massage therapy. Focused on preventative care, dog massage is part of a holistic approach to your pet’s health care. Massage is a gentle and non-invasive therapy that can relieve pain and stress. Whether you have a companion pet, agility dog, show animal, or service dog, massage is a great way to maintain your dog’s health and well-being, as well as regular veterinary visits.
After a day of romping at the day care or dog park, massage can help reduce stiffness and fatigue when they return home by increasing the circulation and flushing waste products from the muscle tissues. Massage can help your dog deal with the stress of boarding that they may experience while you’re away. Or, for your older dog, massage may be just what the doctor ordered. They can feel the effects of a good massage in their joints and immune system.
Massage considers the entire animal, not just the specific area that may be painful. Along with regular veterinary visits, massage is a proactive therapy that addresses future health issues and also helps with certain problems your pet may already have. Fortunately dogs give us clear feedback when they are being massaged so we can tailor the session to fit their needs. Massage can be a helpful tool in maintaining the overall health and vigor of your pet.
Listed below are some benefits of massage therapy for your pet:
- Reduces anxiety
- Shortens healing time of strained muscles and sprained ligaments
- Aids in digestion
- Fosters a feeling of well-being
- Reduces pain and swelling (including intervertabral, joint and muscle)
- Decreases blood pressure
- Strengthens the immune system
- Reduces formation of excessive scar tissue (less scar tissue build up means better mobility)
- Reduces muscle spasms
- Helps relieve muscle tension and stiffness
- Provides greater joint flexibility and increases range of motion
- Improves proprioception (the outside information feedback mechanism in the animal's body that helps with movement and balance)
- Stimulates liver and kidney functions
- Improves circulation of blood and movement of lymphatic fluids
- Promotes deeper and easier breathing
- Enhances the health and nourishment of the skin and coat
I am a graduate of the Northwest School of Animal Massage and am a certified and insured small animal massage practitioner. I am also a part-time instructor with the Northwest School of Animal Massage. I hold a bachelor's degree from Oregon State University as well. My practice is in Portland, Oregon where I am also certified in Pet First Aid and CPR . I am a member of the International Association of Animal Massage & Bodywork.
I grew up on twenty-five acres of forest land in southern Oregon. Being an enthusiastic single child my parents were always looking for ways to foster my independent and nurturing personality. We always had at least one pet at any one time, whether it was a dog, cat, horse or rabbit. I’ve always loved being around pets and felt like they were the best siblings any child could ask for!
Currently, I live with my husband and our four adopted "kids"; Satcha, a 2 yr old three-legged mutt, Thor, a 7&1/2 yr old Great Pyrenees, and Lily, a 6 yr old fluffy grey cat and Captain Trout, a 2 year old chubby black cat. I first thought about animal massage when our old Samoyed (Bob) had back and hind leg stiffness. Although he passed away before I was able to complete the course and become certified, I am very happy to be able to offer other people’s pets massage therapy.
I travel right to your door to provide your pet with a massage session in the comfort of their own home. I can also come to your office if you take your dog with you to work. I tailor each session to fit your dog's needs.
I provide service in a handful of Veterinary Hospitals and a boarding facility in the Portland Metro area.
I provide massage for clients of these businesses:
- Parkway Veterinary Hospital boarders and clients (http://parkwayvet.com/)
- Rose City Veterinary Hospital (http://www.rosecityvet.com/)
- Pearl Animal Hospital (http://www.pearlanimalhospital.com/)
- Sniff Dog Hotel (http://www.sniffdoghotel.com/)
- Cascade Summit Veterinary Hospital clients (http://www.cascadesummitvets.com/)
You can bring your pet to me at these locations:
- Rose City Veterinary Hospital (http://www.rosecityvet.com/)
- Pearl Animal Hospital (http://www.pearlanimalhospital.com)
Another service that I provide is a 'basic dog massage class for owners'. This class is an introduction to animal massage and covers a handful of useful techniques that you can use on your dog. I provide everything for the class, you just need to remember to bring your four-legged friend with you! Please contact me for more information on location and dates.
- Koin 6 News Clip
- Explore the Pearl Magazine (coming soon)
- AM Northwest
- When your pet's hurting, relief is available - Oregonian Living Section (July 24, 2007)
- Oregon Humane Society Newsletter (coming soon)
Portland Veterinary Services
- Parkway Animal Hospital
- Cascade Summit Veterinary Hospital (holistic)
- Pearl Animal Hospital
- Rose City Veterinary Hospital
- North Portland Veterinary Hospital
- Two Rivers Veterinary Clinic (holistic)
- Laurelhurst Veterinary Hospital
- Gladstone Veterinary Hospital
- Cedar Hills Vet Clinic
- Dove Lewis Emergency Vet Care
- Dr. Mesher (mobile)
- Dr. Chang (mobile)
Pet Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy
- Dr. Williams at Parkway Vet
- Dr. Takashima at Parkway Vet
- Dr. Chattigré at Cascade Summit Vet
- Dr. Hoyt a mobile practice
- Dr. Brown at Ceadar Hills Vet Care
Dog Lodging & Daycares
Dog Trainers and Behaviorists
- Nicole Nicassio behaviorist and trainer
- Wonder Puppy
- Dr. Neillson and Dr. Pachel
- Plucky Puppy
- Doug Duncan (503)313-2200
Dog Walkers and Daily Nature Runs
- Sellwood Grooming
- Parkway Vet
- The Pampered Pooch
- Pawsitively Clean
- Chris at Cascade Summit Vet
- Lexi Dog
- Angela at Full Circle Vet
Pet Adoption Agencies
- Oregon Humane Society
- Family Dogs New Life Shelter
- Pixie Project
- Multnomah County Animal Control
- Oregon Greyhound Adoption
- Indigo Rescue
- Pacific Pug Rescue
- Project POOCH
- Oregon Friends of Shelter Animals
- Oregon Weimaraner Rescue
- Animal Aid
- Oregon Dog Rescue
- Pet Utopia
- Healthy Pets Northwest
- Pixie Project
- Sellwood Dog Supply
- Green Dog Pet Supply
- Salty's Dog Shop
- Stam dog treats
- Hip Hound
- Reigning Pets
Other helpful links…
- The Northwest School of Animal Massage
- International Association of Animal Massage and Bodywork
- Andie Petkus Pet Photography
- Dog Parks in Portland
- Spot Magazine
- Poison Control
- Small Animal Massage Practitioner in Seattle
- Paws Aquatics Canine Swim Center
- Small/Large Animal Massage Practitioner in Hood River
- Animal Wellness Network
- Canine Core Strengthening Workshops
- Portland Pooch
- Local Great Dane Website
- Dignified Pet Services
- Pinpoint Logic
- Zircon Azul
"Thanks again Rubi. Sometimes I get the ?look? when I tell people my dog gets more massages than I do. But man... Going from talking about quality of life issues 2 years ago with the vet, to having a dog that still runs and jumps and catches frisbee and acts the way he does.. So awesome ... Thank you, thank you."
Chris Thurman, and Charlie
"Great class!(I emailed the publisher at Spot Magazine and told her it was great too)!"
-Emily Garten and Oliver
"Just a note to say thank you for being there yesterday! The class was fabulous, and I know Jakey loved every minute (especially when you were touching him)!"
-Margie Vincent-Roberts and Jake(Pet Utopia)
"I did the light touch of the fingers on the top of the head of another dog (Pie) who was there...because she was sooooo uptight and starting to fight with Oscar (black lab)..it really calmed her down... Thanks for the class!"
-Mary Dernedde and Amber and Porter
"Thanks for coming last night. I think your service is great and Sam definitely was very comfortable with you."
-Sarah Cantor and Sam
"I just want to tell you that Jonah and I think you are a wonderful person. In a world where most people can't even seem to remember how to say please and thank you let alone a thank you or an e-mail after any type of service is done is very rare. Please always know that we feel so grateful to have found you and will always recommend you to any person with a pet in need (or just wanting a really good massage). We always appreciate you keep us in the loop, even if we aren't always so fast at responding. Just when I seem to be getting a little down on humanity, I think about your kindness to us and our dogs and that you are such a good person. Thank you Rubi."
-Allison Greene and Cleatus and Winston
"We've been using the techniques you taught, and both my husband and I have noticed greater flexibility and fluidity in his movement--for example, it's easier for him to jump into the back of the van. Thanks for making his life a little easier!"
-Betsy Stoessl and Micah
"I thought the class was great. Tucker wasn't the best pupil but that was okay. I thought it was nice that the class was small and I could hear you because your voice eventually calmed the dogs down a bit. I'll recommend you to my friends"
-Hilary Serr and Tucker
"Oakley says thanks for the pet!! He really loved your massage and has been so much more active. I am going to call the vet and tell her the news. Oakley will be waiting for your next visit!!"
-Terri and Lexi Martinez, and Oakley
"Rubi, I want to thank you very much for all that you have done for my 10 year Labradors Porter and Amber. When you first started the massage sessions on my dogs, Porter was not feeling very well. He had experienced months of illness, starting with a bone infection in his toes, to 3 weeks of intestinal distress, caused by eating 10 pieces of sourdough bread intended for Thanksgiving stuffing, and ending with another infection. He had been to the vet about 6 times in over 3 months and on different medication each time. His personality was not the same when he was in pain and experiencing illness. I completely saw a difference in him after you started your weekly massage therapy on him. His old "puppy" playfulness started to return because he was feeling better. I honestly believe the combination of care from Dr. Christine Feleciano, Parkway Vet, and your weekly massage helped Porter overcome months of illness and return him to normal. He was excited each week for your visit as you can tell as he ran to the "massage blanket" on the floor to be the first one to get his massage! My yellow, 10 year lab, Amber has become very spoiled with your massages. Every time I reach down to give her some love she lays on her side and stretches her legs and starts to talk to me. I think she wants a full body massage each time. She has experienced relief from some muscle stiffness due to playing at the dogs park and her age. As my dogs begin to age the healing effects of animal massage will help them overcome stiffness in their muscles and joints and give them the extra energy to play. Again, Thank you for everything! Porter and Amber love you!"
-Mary & Mark Dernedde
"My mom says I am the best English Springer Spaniel in the whole world. She tells people I am not spoiled, just well loved. My brother dog Yukon has been getting therapeutic massage for his bad shoulder, and my mom and dad decided I should get a massage just 'cause I'm a senior dog. My mom says I am eleven years old going on four in spirit, though. Rubi gave me a short massage the first time I met her. I really liked her. She gave me yummy chicken treats with lavender. Then she started doing the massage. I rolled on my back and began giggling like a little girl dog. But then I settled down and really enjoyed my massage. My senior joints felt much better, and now I can spring and bound again like the 4 year old spirit in me says I can do."
"I am a gorgeous shepherd-husky-chow mix - my mom says so. I hurt my right shoulder several months ago when I had a case of the zoomies and went running the length of the deck and sailed out over the stairs, visions of deck dog records being broken. Ooof. Landing on the ground is much harder than landing in the water. I reinjured it a few months ago while snowshoeing. Well, my mom was snowshoeing. I was just leaping and bounding through the snow, then snowplowing, then making dog angels...My human parents tried all kinds of therapies. First, they tried resting me for a month. Hah! That was no fun for any of us. They also put me on a regimen of Derramaxx, which helped the shoulder pain but hurt my stomach. Sadly, even with the loss of appetite, I didn't lose weight. So they decided I needed to lose weight. They switched me to joint diet with a glucosamine supplement, and they were really stingy with the treats. I am at a normal weight now in my opinion, though my mom thinks I could stand to lose another pound or two. The weight loss didn't work, and my shoulder pain continued. My vet x-rayed my shoulder and elbow and neck, but there was nothing obvious causing the pain and my limp. I'm just a young pup of 4, so I'm way too young to be dealing with these issues. Then came the lucky day my mom met Rubi, an animal massage therapist. I love women, plus she had chicken with lavendar treats. I can be bought. The lavendar was to make me feel calmer. I was so calm I think I fell asleep during my first massage. I felt even better after my second massage when Rubi added some range of motion exercises. I can walk straighter now, and my limp is nearly gone. I can hardly wait till my next massage!"