Massage Services are provided by Debbie Denhardt, owner of
Debbie graduated from Blue Sky School of Professional Massage and Bodywork in 2004. Her love for animals, guided her to further her knowledge, allowing her to incorporate massage on small animals.
She attended Small Animal Massage seminars, a Reiki course through Blue Sky Massage School. Reiki is a natural energy healing that enhances human as well as animal massage sessions.
NEW Additional Therapy Training
Deb Denhardt – In April, 2011, Deb became certified in WaterWork Pet Massage. The WaterWork Pet Massage incorporates very little massage performed with palpation from her hands. The water does the work. Unlike the current swim sessions available at Dawgs in Motion, Deb will enter the pool with your dog.
Jonathan Rudinger, a RN and Massage Therapist, created WaterWork Pet Massage after having experienced and learning about Watsu. Watsu is water, Shiatsu massage, aquatic therapy for humans. There are some differences in Watsu for people and WaterWork for dogs. The main difference is people float, not swim, as the dogs do for a good portion of their session. The dogs will still experience some of the harmonizing of breath between practitioner and dog and profound healing, still hold floats of Watsu provides. The WaterWork Pet Massage special technique was developed with the practitioner using a Tai Chi, steady, flowing walk. As Deb transfers her weight from foot to foot, she gently pushes or pulls your dog through the water creating wonderful extension and flexion of the spine, joints, muscle tissue and whole body. Side to side motion will be experienced throughout your dog’s body as Deb turns her torso while supporting your swimming dog. The powerful dynamics of this water therapy sends a wave of healing that touches body, mind and spirit. Nurturing, positive intention, mindful breath, being present and centered for your dog are key qualities the practitioner has to possess during the session. The body is most balanced in water. Being out of gravity and supported by a practitioner can signal to the muscles they no longer need to support the body and a deep relaxation is possible. During these moments of stillness, when your dog is being held, there is a different level than touch where a higher standard of awareness and deep healing exists.
WaterWork encourages fluid stretching, reduces pain and stiffness, speeds healing after surgery or injury, increases trust and raises your dog’s spirits. Your dog will be receiving other benefit the addition of swimming provides as increased cardiovascular activity, stamina, endorphins (feel good chemical)/lymph, blood, interstitial fluid flow, flexibility, ROM, self esteem and confidence. Deb is excited and will begin offering this form of therapy for dogs at Dawgs in Motion beginning the week of May 23rd!
Deb continues her education and she attended some Small Animal Acupressure courses hosted by Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute. Deb has completed courses in Small Animal Acupressure, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Meridian Theory.
Massage can be used to enhance your dog’s performance in agility competitions. It can also aid with issues that develop with age, injury recovery, surgery, emotional calming and it helps to gain trust and bonding with people.
The combination of the Hydrotherapy pool and massage is the ultimate treatment for any dog!
Some of the massage benefits are: relieves muscular tension, improves blood and lymph circulation, speeds recovery from injured muscular tissue, decreases pain, increases range of motion, reduces stress and promotes relaxation.
Treat your dog to all the comforts of our massage service.
Your dog will thank you!
Call for an appointment today!
New Massage Products available! Flower Essences & Aromatherapy Sprays and Oils. Are you looking for one more tool to add to your loved, well trained, dog’s life? Do you need helpful support for common emotional, physical, or mental animal problems? See the twenty-two flower essences in the Animal Wellness Collection in the Unleashed Energy Massage room at Dawgs in Motion. Also available are the Show Season Pet Aromatherapy sprays and oils. Animals in the wild can seek out plants that offer healing properties but domesticated animals do not have those same opportunities. Now you can help them with these special blends. Use the sprays and oils on your pet’s bedding, crates, bandannas, or some of the products even allow to you to place a few drops in the dog’s water. Make your dog’s life complete and content with our Essence collection. Call for an appointment today!