Massage / Reiki
Just as we humans appreciate the health and emotional benefits of massage therapy, so too do our pets. Let Alicia Ellis, enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of your dog. Massage offers numerous positive physical benefits for dogs; they include a stimulated immune system, increased circulation and flexibility, reduced potential for arthritis and relief from muscular stiffness and discomfort. It also aids in early detection of swelling, injury or painful areas and facilitates recovery when surgery is necessary. The emotional benefits to your dog are no less apparent. Many animals with emotional issues stemming from grief, abuse or abandonment respond well to the relaxation and healing touch of massage. Sessions can also help acclimate dogs to physical contact, making them easier to handle for grooming and medical care. Like humans, each dog reacts differently to massage. Older dogs may become very playful, puppies may become very calm and some dogs may just curl up and take a nap.
What occurs during your dog’s massage? Alicia Ellis devotes time to connect with your dog in a quiet, comfortable, enclosed area so that background distractions are minimized. She will consult with you regarding your dog’s history, previous treatments, past and current issues, sensitive areas and diet. You, the guardian, are welcome to stay and learn from the massage. A variety of modalities may be used in a massage session; these may include sports and/or therapeutic massage, stretching, acupressure, energy work, flower essences and/or essential oils, depending on the needs of the dog. A session typically lasts 45 minutes but your dog decides when the massage is finished. The most beneficial canine massage is one that is a positive experience, not one that was forced upon your pet.