Animal massage therapy is a hands-on approach that can benefit animals in a variety of ways. There are several different massage techniques used in animal massage therapy, some that I include are acupressure, trigger point therapy, TTouch, and Swedish massage.
Each technique has its unique benefits, such as relieving pain and stiffness, improving circulation, reducing stress and anxiety, and promoting relaxation.
Acupressure involves applying pressure to specific points on the body to stimulate energy flow and promote healing. This technique can be particularly useful for animals who are experiencing pain or tension, as it can help to release blockages and promote circulation.
Trigger point therapy involves applying pressure to specific points in the muscles that are causing pain or discomfort by releasing these "knots," trigger point therapy can help to reduce pain and improve range of motion.
TTouch, on the other hand, uses gentle circular touches to stimulate the nervous system and promote relaxation.
Finally, Swedish massage is a gentle, flowing massage technique that can be used to promote relaxation and reduce muscle tension.
Overall, animal massage therapy can be a powerful tool for promoting wellness, reducing pain and tension, and supporting overall health and wellbeing in animals. However, it's important to work with a qualified practitioner who can provide safe and effective treatment tailored to your animal's unique needs.
With regular massage therapy, animals can experience improved mobility, greater comfort, and a higher quality of life.
Every animal is different. If I feel it is not in the best interest of the animal to do the massage, I’ll perform a Reiki session instead or a mix of massage and Reiki. I allow the animal to tell me what is comfortable for them.
*Sometimes, it takes 2-3 visits before they start to realize why I am there and they relax into the session. Building trust is key.
Again, it depends on the animal and their tolerance. As they learn to relax and trust the session time will increase or decrease based on their need. In general, you should expect to allow these time frames for your pet's session:
For horses: 60 minutes
For dogs: 45-60 minutes
For Reiki: 15-45 minutes (varies by animal)
For first-time sessions, I take pictures & video, allow your pet a few minutes to get to know me before I start touching them, palpate (touch) and record any findings in the tissues or reactive spots, review animal intake forms, and answer any questions you may have before I begin.
Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key) is a Japanese word consisting of two characters; Rei and Ki. Rei is Japanese for spiritual or sacred. Ki is Japanese for energy. Reiki translates as Spiritual Energy.
Reiki is not just for humans - it can also be beneficial for animals. The practice involves the transfer of healing energy through the hands, which can help to promote relaxation, reduce stress, and support overall well-being. Reiki can be particularly useful for animals who are experiencing physical or emotional imbalances, as it can help to support the body's natural healing processes.
One of the key benefits of Reiki for animals is that it can help to reduce stress and anxiety. Many animals, particularly those who have been rescued or have experienced trauma, may be fearful or anxious. Reiki can help to soothe their nervous system, promoting a sense of calm and relaxation. Additionally, the practice can be helpful for animals who are experiencing physical pain or discomfort. By promoting relaxation and improving circulation, Reiki can help to alleviate tension in the muscles and promote healing.
Reiki can be a valuable tool for supporting the health and well-being of animals. It's important to work with a qualified practitioner who has experience working with animals and who can provide safe and effective treatment tailored to your animal's unique needs. With regular Reiki treatments, animals can experience improved mobility, reduced pain and discomfort, and a greater sense of calm and balance.
While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not.
Relaxation, improved physical and emotional well-being, pain relief, improved mobility and increased circulation (especially good for older animals), and build bond/trust to name just a few! Sometimes this is a better option for first time meetings, dogs in extreme pain and do not want to be touched.
Reiki can be sent across time, space, and distance; to a person, place, or event; in the past, present, or future. It has no limitations. I'll ask you to send me a recent photo of your pet. Using the Reiki symbols, I will channel energy to your pet at their location.
Sometimes, I will send Reiki ahead of an appointment time to help calm an active pet prior to the session.
This is a loving, supportive way to help you and your beloved pet during their transition. I will come to your home or vet appointment and offer Reiki. Nothing can take the pain away from the loss of an animal companion or horse but we can at least try to ease the pain and bring more inner peace.
Low-level laser therapy (LLLT), also known as cold laser therapy, is a non-invasive form of medical treatment that uses low-power lasers or light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to stimulate healing and reduce pain and inflammation. The lasers used in LLLT emit low levels of light that are not strong enough to heat the tissues but can penetrate deep into the skin, muscle, and other tissues.
LLLT works by stimulating the mitochondria, which are the energy-producing organelles within the cells. This can help to promote cellular metabolism and regeneration, improving the body's natural healing processes. Additionally, LLLT can help to reduce inflammation by increasing blood flow and lymphatic drainage, which can help to reduce swelling and improve the immune response.
LLLT has been used to treat a variety of conditions, including chronic pain, arthritis, sports injuries, and wound healing. It is a safe and non-invasive treatment option that does not require medication or surgery, making it an attractive option for those looking for alternative or complementary therapies.
Low-level laser therapy can be a beneficial treatment option for individuals looking to promote healing, reduce pain and inflammation, and improve the overall well-being of their pets.
However, it's important to work with a qualified Veterinarian who can determine if LLLT is a safe and appropriate treatment option for your pets specific condition.