Why Massage?

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. 


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 Stoessi and Micah

Benefits of massage therapy for your pet:

  • 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
  • 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