Land Based Massage:

*Improves circulation. Massage improves blood flow and increases circulation by stimulating the muscles and body tissues. This leads to a better overall healing, as the oxygen released by circulation promotes faster healing if there are any wounds, inside or outside of the body. This is especially important for bigger breeds, as the distance between the heart and the extremities is bigger and makes circulation more difficult.

*Increases flexibility. Massages are great in making the muscles more flexible and improving the overall state of the skeletal structure. As in humans, flexibility is extremely important as it reduces the chances of injuries. Bigger breeds will definitely benefit from this.

*Develops muscle tone. Developing, and later maintaining, muscle tone is a very important benefit from massage. Growing puppies will need the development, while the maintenance is for adult dogs.

*Improves skeletal frame. Proper posture and stance is very important and skeletal frame plays a key part there. Massage can be really helpful in this area.

*Helps after surgery. Dogs who underwent surgery, especially involving bones and muscle, will most definitely benefit from massage as it will help relieve pain and anxiety.

*Early detection. Massages can be very helpful in detecting something unwanted on your dog’s body, such as lumps and various wounds. The sooner you detect something, the better. You will definitely detect it earlier by touching than looking.

*Relaxation. Besides physical relaxation of the muscles, massage can lead to mental relaxation. It’s proven that physical touch reduces stress and aggression. If your dog is anxious or nervous, a massage will most likely help.

*Human interaction. By receiving massages, dogs get used to human interaction and will start associating human touch with something pleasant.

*Time together. Both you and your dog can benefit from massage time. During the massage session we will show you some techniques you can do at home. This way you get to spend some very close time together and strengthen your bond. Most dogs, even the most independent ones, love getting a massage from their person.

*Relieves stress. Dogs, just like us, experience stress on a regular basis. Even though dogs can’t talk it through, you can still help your pet by giving him or her a nice massage. If you do it regularly, the negative effects of stress will be prevented.

Once your dog understands what their job is, they truly love the massage and it resonates in their sighs. We may prefer to have only one dog in the room at a time.

Most massage sessions last approx. 30 – 45 minutes. Afterwards, we show the guardian techniques to help their dog at home.

The massages offered at our facility are based on different types of massage and the application of each are incorporated into the sessions depending on what your dog needs that day.
The massage sessions will be a combination of: Relaxation, Neuro-fascial release, Maintenance and Performance Massage.

Each session is focused on helping the dogs body reach a state of equilibrium that will facilitate the body’s own natural healing abilities.

Massage will help the movement of blood and lymph bringing oxygen and nutrients to the muscles (and rest of the body) while helping to eliminate metabolic waste and carbon dioxide.

The parasympathetic (rest and repair) nervous system is activated and there is a release of endorphins allowing for the muscles and tendons to relax and let go of areas of increased tension.

Certain movements will decrease muscular tension and spasms thereby allowing the dog to increase it’s range of motion, decrease recovery time between periods of physical exercise, decrease post workout discomfort, decrease the chance of overuse/stress related injuries as well as the stimulation of the lymphatic system and prevention of chronic conditions.

Massage will also help healthy dogs stay at a certain level of fitness for as long as possible and can optimize the current performance level while assisting the dog to reach the next level of proficiency in movement.

By applying certain movements, we are able to help the fascia (which surrounds every muscle and organ of the body) to relax and therefore reduce discomfort and allow more flexibility.

It’s amazing to see the difference in older dogs or those who have been suffering for a period of time from increased muscle tension from compensation due to the aches and pains of stiff joints as they age. They will be able to move their legs and body in ways they weren’t able to for a long time.

By improving the efficiency of the dogs’ proprioception skills and flexibility the dog will be able to consistently repeat their performance improve their muscle memory and neural functioning. They may be able to reach greater gains in training with less interruptions and poor postural habits.

All Services must be paid for at time of visit.

Discounted Packages can be shared among family dogs and are good for one year.

Cancellation Policy: We ask that you please give us at least 24 hours notice if you have to cancel your session. This will allow us to give another dog your space. If you are a no-show, or we have less than 24 hours notice, there is a $25 charge for the missed session.

3% Administrative Fee for refunds.

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