Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage targets chronic tension in muscles that lie far below the body’s surface. Deep muscle techniques involve slow strokes, direct pressure or friction movements that go across the muscle grain. Wet or dry heat can be applied during the session to problem areas to aid in the alleviation of tension in deeper muscles. Heat and Ice options will not be used on dogs with certain medical conditions, recent surgical sites, or open wounds.
Aromatherapy is a specific type of therapy that incorporates scented essential oils into a massage. The massage involves alternating between gentle and harder pressure while using small amounts of oils that are massaged into the coat during the session. We specially select our massage oils to ensure top benefit and safety for our canine clients. Standard options include Lavendar and Chamomile oils to aid in relaxation, stress relief, along with skin and coat health.
Paw Focused Massage
Paw focused massage uses a technique called reflexology to target reflex points in the paws that are linked to every part of the body, reflexology is used on both humans and canines. By massaging those points, we can release tension and can alleviate pain.
Hip & Elbow Focused Massage
Hip & Elbow focused massage uses a combination of techniques to relieve tension in the hips and elbows. This style is a great option for dogs that have hip or elbow dysplasia.
*Heat therapy helps improves blood flow to the area and is best for muscle pain or stiffness. Cold therapy helps reduce inflammation and is used for acute injuries and pain.
Waterwork massages are conducted in our heated inground hydrotherapy pool. It encourages fluid stretching, reduces pain and stiffness, speeds healing after surgery or injury, and increases trust and raises your dog’s spirit. Other benefits include increased confidence, cardiovascular activity, stamina, flexibility, and range of motion. Your dog is gently supported and guided through the water creating extension and flexion of the whole body. Light pressure, traction, and/or rocking can be applied to help break down fascial adhesions that inhibit flexibility or may cause nerve impingements, muscle tension, or pain. The techniques used while the body is balanced and suspended in water allow unique range of motion opportunities that help the body facilitate healing. The powerful dynamics of the water sends a wave of healing that touches the body, mind, and spirit.