What is Canine Massage? In a few words, it is massage for dogs - no different than what you would experience if you went to a massage therapist.
Canine massage is applying hands-on manipulation of the voluntary muscle system, ligaments and tendons. Massage has its focus on the maneuvering of body tissues by manual methods to assist the body in its natural processes of pain reduction, improved health and well-being, stress reduction, and healing of trauma. The philosophy is based on a holistic model where all the parts of the organism are encouraged to work together in balance and harmony. This includes the physical, emotional and psychological aspects of the whole dog.
Certified Canine Massage Professionals (CMP's) are animal health professionals who use their knowledge of behaviour, anatomy, physiology, kinesiology and massage techniques to improve a dog's well-being.
Canine massage can be offered for competition (agility, herding, flyball, sledding, etc), occupations (Search and Rescue, military and police K9, guide dogs, service dogs, etc) or simply for relaxation and well-being.
I will do no harm to the dogs in and beyond my care.
I will endeavour to serve in the best interest of my clients (animal and human) at all times and to provide the highest quality service possible.
I will maintain clear and honest communication with my clients and will keep all client communications confidential.
I will acknowledge the scope of practice of my skills and, when necessary, refer clients to an appropriate, qualified animal health professional.
To provide optimal wellness to all canine companions with compassion and respect in a peaceful and loving surrounding.
NOTE: Canine massage therapy should not be used as a substitute for veterinary medical care. However, when used in conjunction with medical care, it will not only help to maintain the health and wellness of your dog, but it can promote shortened recovery from illness, injury or surgery as well.