What is animal massage and why should I consider it for my animal companions or livestock?
Animal massage is the use of pressure administered by hand in various forms and techniques to the musculoskeletal system with the intention of facilitating good health.
Massage and bodywork can contribute significantly to your animal’s ease of movement, health, and quality of life. In addition to reducing muscle soreness, deepening your relationship, and providing well-deserved pampering, massage can also:
• Boost the immune system
• Improve the quality and symmetry of movement
• Support better joint health and function
• Promote earlier detection of stresses and strains
• Stimulate circulation for greater health of all tissues
• Help reduce risk, severity, and frequency of injuries
• Improve athletic agility and coordination
• Reduce the effects of stress and anxiety
• Minimize restrictions caused by old scar tissue
• Reduce or eliminate adhesions, knots, and other restrictions
• Improve skeletal alignment for more efficient movement
• Improves skin and coat through distribution of natural oils
• Release endorphins (natural pain killers)
• Lower blood pressure
In addition, I have found that regular massage sessions contribute to a animal’s ease of being handled in areas that they may not normally be accustomed to. For example, many animals do not like having their legs handled. Gradual and repetitive massage sessions may allow the animal to associate pleasant feelings with having their feet and legs handled, which may be beneficial at other times – such as veterinary exams, grooming or farrier work.
The maintenance massage techniques that I employ and am certified in are beneficial for healthy young and adult animals, as well as senior animals or those seeking relief from age related conditions like arthritis, stiffness, and muscle strains or anxiety/stress. It is similar in equivalency to a human Swedish massage session that you might get for yourself.
Massage is not a substitute for proper veterinary care, nutrition or exercise and the massage provider does not diagnose nor prescribe for injury, illness or any other physical disorder, nor does the massage provider treat any medical condition in animals.
Please contact your veterinarian if your pet or livestock animal is in pain or showing any signs of illness or injury. If you have any question about whether certain techniques or massage in general are appropriate for your animal’s medical condition, please ask your veterinarian.
I believe in working with traditional and homeopathic veterinary medicine practices in order to help provide the best results for your animal.I am certified to provide massage for animals but there can be no guarantee as to the animal’s condition or reaction to massage therapy undertaken.
***There are some health conditions where massage is NOT an appropriate application. This includes, but is not limited to, conditions involving the heart, kidneys, liver and circulation, or in cases where active cancer, infection or fever is present. Consultation with your veterinarian is strongly suggested before beginning a massage program for animals with any of these issues.***