General Benefits:

  • Increased circulation
  • Relaxes tension
  • Relieves muscle spasms
  • Keeps muscle supple to help prevent injury
  • Helps to maintain body's physical condition and balance
  • Release of endorphins - the body's natural pain killer

Equine Massage

Whether your horse is in intense training or is simply your "best friend", Equine Massage can be very good for maintaining a healthy, happy and energetic life!

Horses are great athletes and they feel a variety of aches and pains. As equestrians we can empathize because we know the toll hard work and training takes and we take care of our aches and pains to remain in good health for such an enjoyable lifestyle. Unfortunately our horses can't tell us verbally when they are in pain or have muscle aches but, they can certainly make us aware through their actions. Trouble bending, being cinchy, refusing jumps or not being able to reach to your ques are all signs of soreness in muscles and tissue.

Everyday training and long sessions with little time to recover can cause muscle fatigue in these beautiful animals. Their muscles become sore from lactic acid build up and spasms. Just like top human athletes, horses greatly benefit from the inclusion of massage therapy as part of there typical mantainance routines.

Its very important to remember during our hectic lives that sometimes we only get to work our horses a few days or even once a week and we may not always warm them up, stretch them or cool them down properly. This can aid or cause muscle spasms, fatigue, stress and tension.

Help maintain a stress free and healthy life for your horse. Providing massage therapy on a regular basis can promote health and provide boost to the mental and physical happiness and fitness of the animal!

Listen and look out for the signs your horse gives you. Create a healthy, happy, long, stress free life for your horse!


Canine Massage

The good that can come from providing massage for your furry companion can vary widely. From providing improvement in mobility to alleviating stress, Canine massage can make a world of difference. These benefits can be obvious or subtle. For example, range of motion and motor improvements can be seen and easily appreciated but there are also a host of unseen, internal and stress relieving benefits too. Let's explore some of the benefits of Canine Massage below.

Senior Dogs
An aging dogs quality of life can be markedly improved. Just like all of us, older dogs suffer as they age from mobility issues caused by Arthritis, Hip Dysplasia, spinal and joint maladies. Bigger dogs especially can be affected by such things. Massage can help reduce inflammation, lessen painful limbs and joints, improve flexibility and overall range of motion. All this along with stress relief affords your dog an enjoyable life in those golden years!

Surgery or Illness
Massage therapy for Canines can help a dog to a speedy recovery. Performed prior to and after a surgical procedure can greatly speed up an animals recovery. The same can be true of downtime due to illness. Fluid stagnation within a dogs body due to incapacitation after surgey can prevent normal healty functions. Massage is a great way to prevent this and encourage normal movement of fluids through the body as well as breaking down and evacuating toxins from the animal while it is sedentary. P-ROM or Passive Range of Motion exercises which are used to guide a dog's limbs slowly through normal movement patterns can be very beneficial during periods of inactivity during recovery.

Agility dogs, Working dogs and High Energy dogs can suffer from repetitive stress injuries and joint traumas that may or may not result in surgical procedures to correct. Massage can be a great preventative and recovery tool.

Stress Reduction
If you’ve read the book When the Body Says No by Dr.Gabor Mate, you’ll know how insidious stress is and how many diseases are born from the daily onslaught of stressful living. The same is true for our dogs. Providing massage for your dog allows him or her to experience the release of "feel good" hormones called endorphins. These are released throughout their body. This promotes and provides a calm and relaxed state for the animal. Reducing stress helps maintain a healthy, happy, lifestyle for your canine.

Inner Health
The circulation of lymphatic fluids and other fluids, like water and blood can activate healing and strengthen your dog’s immune system. Massage helps flush and release stored toxins from the body helping to fortify the body against illnesses and stress as well as strengthen the animals immune system overall. Massage can help move anesthesia and sedatives more quickly through the body after surgery too.

Canine massage can alleviate muscle restrictions due to knotted muscles and sticky fascia (connective tissue). Alleviating these restrictions allows for fluids to pump for easily through these areas and help to reduce muscle and joint pain. Supplements, proper nutrition coupled with a regimen of massage can really do a lot to maintain balance and tone to muscles and promote optimum health.


Shelby's Story

My 9 year old golden retriever Shelby began limping. After a visit to her veterinarian, many rounds of medication and being told repeatedly "it is arthritis", an X-Ray resulted in a diagnosis of bone cancer. I became speechless and very sad. It was upsetting to believe this masterful, loving and totally sweet animal was suffering. After consulting several knowledgeable vets, a decision was made and unfortunately, Shelby's leg had to be amputated.

I wondered what I could have done to help her avoid the amputation. Although I found no clear answers. I had ultimately embarked on a journey that would create a new path and calling in my life.

Immediately following her surgery, we brought her to one of her favorite places thinking she may never be able to negotiate the terrain of the mountains and beach as she had before the amputation. But, to our surprise within days, my beautiful dog got up on three legs and began to walk as if nothing had ever changed.

Shelby continued to thrive and travel with me everywhere. In the last year of her life, she became certified as a therapy dog and joined me every day while I was treating. The children delighted in her and could not stop rubbing her right front shoulder area where her leg was. I could tell Shelby loved the feeling of so many caring and inquisitive hands touching her.

She was relentless, determined, amazing and beautiful in every way. She went hiking with me all the time. Gradually though I could begin to see it was becoming a strain on her muscles and joints. Remembering the pleasure she seemed to feel when caressed by the children she had inspired it occurred to me that perhaps massage could be beneficial. It was! She was ever so grateful for the hands that would soothe her discomfort and give her peace. The massage made all the difference in the world for Shelby and I too began to give Shelby massages using techniques I had gained as an infant massage therapist. I know that it allowed her to live out her last days happy, content as she continued to serve and love others.

As a wonderful and appropriate addendum to her story; During this same time she also became the queen of the Dogwalk for the American Cancer Society and raised money and lifted spirits for the cause.

Marley's Story

This past Christmas Eve, my beautiful dog Marley, got into a container of flour that I had mistakenly left unattended on a counter in my home. Besides the "snowstorm" of flour that resulted it was also clear that my dog had ingested a good amount of it.

The next day, after a long walk, my beautiful dog Marley did not seem quite right. He had developed diarrhea and seemed to have a slight limp. As the next few hours went by it was clear something was very wrong and soon Marley had become unable to stand on his back legs at all and soon became almost completely immobilized. Worried sick, I contacted my neighbor who happens to be a vet tech. She came over to take a look at Marley.

My neighbor suggested it could be from ingesting the flour and/or a pinched nerve could be causing Marley's troubles and mentioned that massage could be a good thing to try first as a way of easing pressure on the pinched nerve and intestinal discomfort allowing the dog to relax. We carried a visibly anxious Marley to the car and I brought him to a massage therapist who works with canines. Again this was to confirm the creation of a new path in life for me and my career.

Once we arrived at the therapists office, it was amazing to see Marley ease into the strong, kind, caring hands of the therapist. She was able to calm and relax Marley as she worked on his muscles and areas of discomfort. Clearly this therapists skilled and gentle techniques were making a difference for Marley.

Within hours after the massage Marley began to be able to stand again and in just a few days was back to his old self; chasing after sticks I threw for him as we played in the yard at home.

There is no doubt in my mind that it was the therapists hands placed on this dog that got him up and weight bearing again as well as helped with his intestinal discomfort. These life altering experiences have brought me to where I am today. After extensive training in Virginia with the founder of Equissage, Mary Schreiber, I became fully certified and I am now able to bring my hands to heal and bring relaxation to dogs and horses as well.








































































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