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What is Massage for animals

Animals benefit from massage in all the same ways humans do. Perhaps even more so since humans are more desensitized than animals. 

Used in combination with regular veterinary care, massage provides a plethora of benefits for your furry family members.

 

Massage affects all systems of the body....

  • Beyond the obvious benefits of relieving muscle tension

  • Aids in the circulation of fluids throughout the body which assists the joints and muscles flush toxins from the tissues.

  • Reduce pain and stiffness and improves flexibility and greater range of motion.

  • Massage also increases blood flow, lowers blood pressure and improves cardiovascular health.

  • The recuperative and rehabilitative effects of massage therapy make it ideal for geriatric pets or those recovering from injury or surgery.

  • Excellent for the immune system and a natural pain reliever due to the endorphin releases and the reduction of inflammation and swelling.

In addition to the physical, massage provides enormous benefits for a pet's psychological well-being....

  • Massage stimulates the release of beneficial neurotransmitters and reduces the production of stress hormones.

  • The result is decreased anxiety and an enhanced sense of well-being.

  • Provides positive results for social and emotional health.

  • Help to build an animal's self-confidence, sociability and feelings of trust and belonging.

  • These benefits are priceless for those who have suffered abuse, neglect or other emotional traumas.

  • Shelter animals benefit tremendously.

Since massage looks and feels like pampering, many people automatically discount its value.  The skilled manipulation of the soft tissues of the body can have a significant positive impact on virtually all of an animal's biological systems.

In Washington state, animal massage practitioners are held to a higher standard. Not only are we required to get the same education and certifications as any other state but we must also be licensed to practice massage. This licensing is a rigorous testing validating competency. Massage practitioners are thoroughly trained in animal behavior, handling, anatomy, kinesiology, psychology, circulatory and respiratory systems.

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