Discover the transformative power of canine massage and bodywork therapy. It benefits dogs by developing muscle tone, improving skeletal frame, reducing recovery time after surgery, increasing blood flow for pain relief and inflammation reduction, slowing joint degeneration, enhancing strength and balance, improving muscle movement and range of motion, promoting blood and lymph circulation, delaying aging, aiding early detection, addressing musculoskeletal and joint disorders, assisting in post-trauma recovery, warming up for athletic events, relieving stress and grief, managing degenerative myelopathy, countering sedentary lifestyles, and supporting neurologic injury recovery.
We offer a variety of bodywork techniques personalized to your dog’s particular needs.
Effleurage typically follows the contour of the animal’s body, the direction of the venous blood flow, or the direction of the hair coat, depending on the intention of the session. That is, not all effleurage strokes need to flow toward the heart. Superficial effleurage encourages interstitial fluid to enter lymph vessels, whereas deeper treatment begins to resemble Petrissage. Effleurage allows the practitioner to palpate body topography and explore underlying tissues when performed more deeply rather than superficially. Effleurage is typically performed at the beginning and end of most massage treatments and prepares tissues for deeper strokes.
The petrissage stroke resembles kneading bread dough. The practitioner lifts the soft tissue from the underlying bone with either one or both hands by wringing, squeezing, or scooping the tissue. This stroke softens the superficial fascia and relaxes the muscle.
This is an extremely versatile technique. It can be used to assess the general quality and the level of resting tension of larger skeletal muscles. Compression can also be used to achieve effects on circulation, relax muscle tension, and increase rib cage mobility.
This technique releases tension in the myofascia by employing the thumb and fingers to gently lift and hold a segment of skin and connective tissue and then advance along the back or limb.
Trigger points exhibit poor blood flow, due to sustained contraction of involved muscle fibers and an unhealthy pulling on nearby structures due to ongoing shortening at the epicenter. Thus, treatment goals for trigger point release include improving local blood flow and allowing the tense tissue to “melt” and lengthen.
This technique involves the thumbs and fingertips working deep circles into the thickest part of the muscle. Friction is a faster technique than effleurage, and variations in speed allow friction to have different effects on the body. Friction impacts local healing in the area affected by either trauma or inflammation.
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Call us (305) 448-5225.
The cost is $75.00 per half-hour session.