I am a registered nurse and have been treating both surgical and complex medical patients,for nearly 20 years, but my approach to life and health includes modalities from both western and eastern traditions to optimize wellness. I have seen the benefits that meditation, diet, massage and acupuncture can add to standard medical care for humans and opened my mind to the possibility of alternative therapies for animals.
My love for animals started at a young age. Horses, dogs and cats have been steady companions to me throughout my life. I developed an interest in canine massage when my beautiful, sweet, aging English Mastiff, Rufus, started having arthritic problems in his hind-end. Our very caring, veterinarian recommended canine massage as a way to complement the medical therapies we were already using for Rufus.
Rufus loved it! The first session he was a little restless trying to understand why the massage therapist was intent on touching him. By the third session he happily greeted his therapist when she came to our house and then went into our den and settled on the floor ready for his massage. The results of his sessions were easy to see. He had more energy, better flexibility, increased range of motion, and his gait was more fluid and less stiff.
After seeing what the sessions did for Rufus, I trained to become a credentialed canine massage therapist so I could bring these same benefits to other people’s pets. While we didn’t start therapy for Rufus until he was older, I believe massage therapy can positively impact dogs in all stages of their lives.
I hope I can bring some comfort and better quality of life to your pet.