The power of therapeutic touch does not stop with humans; animals can also benefit both physically and mentally from massage.
At Massage Arkansas our therapists are duel trained in therapeutic touch with animals. We have certifications in many different styles of animal work and specialize in equine & canine.
Our protocols were developed by Trish Atkins. As a former licensed Veterinary Technician and animal behavior researcher, she understands the importance of massage in animal health.
Canine Massage is different than just petting the dog. Although your dog may enjoy petting, Canine Massage is therapeutic touch.
- Benefits of Canine Massage include:
- Reduction in Stress
- Reduction in Anxiety
- Increased Circulation
- Decreased Pain
- Faster healing
- Improved Digestion
- Strengthens Immune System
- Lowers Blood Pressure
Therapeutic Canine Massage can also help uncover hidden causes of dysfunction. If you pet is not acting right, you know. Your vet may not see the issue because they only see your dog for a few minutes. Your therapist can give you suggestions of things to discuss with your vet if your dog is "acting weird".
Service dogs and service dogs in training are welcome for in house appointments. Non-Service animal appointments are scheduled as out-calls.
Canine appointments are 30 - 50 minutes on average. We let the animals determine how much they are comfortable with. Sessions include verbal communication as well as hands-on bodywork.
The beginning of the session consists of a verbal and physical introduction, then assessment, then bodywork. In the end, however, it is all about what the dog wants.
Your therapist will provide a written report after the session for you to take home.
Equine Massage is a mainstay in the horse racing industry but it can also an important part of any horse's health routine.
- Equine massage benefits:
- Relieves Muscle Tension & Stiffness
- Reduces pain & spasm
- Improves Joint Flexibility & ROM
- Improves Injury Recovery Time
- Reduces Anxiety
- Improves Circulation
- Improves Mental Alertness
A typical Equine Massage will last from 60-90 minutes. This will include a full physical assessment and bodywork within the treatment plan.
Having a monthly session during the on-season will help ensure your equine stays healthy all year long.
The therapist will provide a written evaluation after for your records.
Ready to find out more?
Curious if this is right for your pet? Reach out and one of our certified animal specialists will be happy to help.