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Massage-Why it is Important


Why it is important

Massage is a noninvasive and general therapy, which can relieve pain and help in the treatment of several conditions as well as prevent their return. Any form of touch that provides comforts and promotes health and wellness can be defined as massage. Through massage the tissue can either be relaxed or stimulated to cause excitability. There are several reasons to try massage for your animal. The show of resistance or the lack of willingness to move in a particular manner could be a sign of muscular discomfort. Stiff or painful muscles can cause undesirable behavior. Through the proper use of massage techniques, muscle tenderness and spasms can be released. Noticeable changes can be made through the combination of Swedish and sports massage techniques such as cross fiber fractions and effleurage. A general body massage allows the practitioner to touch the entire body and then focus in on problem areas. During this massage, changes can be made to the muscle tissue. The primary care taker of the animal is given "homework" which is designed to help continue the benefits of the massage. A series of general massages can show lasting and positive changes. In addition to the general massage there are pre-event and post-event massages which are shorter in duration and do not make any major changes to the tissue which may cause a change in gate. These are given to warm the muscles prior to a class or race. They also reduce the warm up time. They can also relax or stimulate the animal. Post-event cools the animal down and lowers the respiration rate.

Benefits of Massage

    • increases circulation

    • releases tension

    • relaxes muscles

    • increases range of motion

    • stimulates both mentally and physically

    • aids in the removal of metabolic wastes

    • provides a form of exercise

    • reduces swelling

    • Works to break down adhesions and can prevent them from forming

    • reduces arthritis pain

    • reduces pain from hip dysplasia as well as other joint problems

When an animal is enjoying a massage and is receiving the benefits, they will show signs of relaxation such as yawning. They will lower their heads and begin to lick and chew. Their soft eyes let both the practitioner and the owner know that they are enjoying it. Following a massage the animal should be asked to walk for a few minutes as well as drink some water. Then they should be allowed to have a rest period. Massage for your animals can not only be a great treat it can be a great asset to their performance and there health and wellness.

Begin to know your animal on a new level

Massage is a great way to build a bond between you and your pet.  A custom massage routine will not only build this bond but it will help in early detection of health concerns.  It can be valuable for all kinds of animals as well as all ages. 

To order your custom massage routine you will need to send a picture or video of your animal as well as a detailed medical record.  Massage is not a replacement for vet care; it is to be used along with proper care.  For fifty dollars you will receive information on massage, detailed instructions on what massage techniques you will be using and a detailed description of the Russian.  If you have any questions please call 440-669-6023.  Make checks or money orders payable to Maria Duthie and mail them to :  Maria Duthie Medina, OH.  44256     
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Canine Massage Seminars---Specializing in Performance Dogs


Learn basic anatomy, physiology and canine movement.

Class covers 13 massage techniques - pre-event, post-event and general massage routines.

Class Includes:

    1. Anatomy

    2. Movement

    3. Behavior

    4. Massage Techniques

    5. Basic Structure

    6. General Massage Routine

    7. Pre-Event & Post-Event Massage


Classes Available:

    • How To Massage Your Own Dog

    • Advanced Canine Massage

    • How To Massage Your Own Horse

    • Advanced Equine Massage

    • How To Massage Your Own Cat

    • Advanced Feline Massage

    • Performance Massage - Equine & Canine

    • Animal Reiki - Levels 1, 2 & 3

    • Animal Energy

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Last updated on 09/16/2010

Maria Duthie, Animal Massage Practitioner
Appointments call 440.669.6023
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