Dogs are pretty good at getting us to massage them even in an absent minded, don't know you are doing it kind of way.
Think about how they maneuver a certain area under your hand or present an upturned belly fo scratching. You are probaly hitting on areas of muscle tension or acupressure points. By observing where an animal is trying to relieve discomfort by nibbling, scratching or rubbing we can see patterns emerging and may signal early sign of imbalance in an area or system of the body.
With a bit of knowledge, intent and practice, turn a quick rub behind the ears ( again notice why we do that) into a routine that will enhance health ( think weekly therapy session) , bond and communicate with your pet and get used to feeling what is normal and what is not.
A five to ten minute routine, once learned, can be carried out once a week and believe me will soon be asked for when needed.
We can all enjoy a massage and pamper but did you know that it is good for both human and canine? Research shows that certain feel good chemicals are produced by both parties ( in response to touch) with significant lowering of blood pressure.
Massage is also a great bonding exercise and helps relax and relieve muscle tension and improve circulation. Also good for general health maintenance as it gives you a baseline of what feels physically normal in your dog and therefore be able to take note of any changes, lumps, bumps and areas of discomfort as soon as they appear. Animals are good at disguising pain and discomfort adapting to disability and disease so early warning signs often go unoticed or misdiagnosed. today our pets have all the advantages of the latest breakthouroughs in veterinary medicince but as with humans early detection offers the greatest chance of recovery or treatment.
Alison will teach a series of massage techniques that will lead to a complete 20 minute massage sequence which can be carried out in full or just extract the techniques that your canine friend enjoys best.
Alison has practised aromatherapy, bodywork and massage for 30 years and draws on her experience of both working with clients both human and non human. She has put together an informative and hopefully fun class to introduce the health giving benefits of massage.
This class is for personal interest with the objective of massaging your own pets and does not give any qualification in massage therapy.