Massage Therapy

Dogs can benefit from a therapeutic massage too!

Massage therapy for dogs is very similar to what you would expect from getting a massage for yourself. The main difference comes from the amount of pressure the massage therapist puts on your dog’s muscles. Canine Massage Therapist use a lighter pressure to ensure your dog’s comfort while still getting a therapeutic effect. There are many benefits your dog will experience.

Therapeutic massages can

– Reduce stress & anxiety
– General wellbeing
– Improve mobility issue especially in older dogs
– Improve circulation & energy
– Relaxation
– Reduce muscle tension
– Reduce pain & soreness

Massage improves 

  • Circulation
  • Lymphatic flow
  • Scar tissue healing
  • Adhesions and fibrous tissue healing
  • Flexibility

Massage also reduces muscle atrophy and improve strength by lengthening the muscles.


Sporting Massage

If your dog is a sport dog, you probably already understand how important it is to maintain for dog’s physical health and body function. 

Massage therapy is another important part of your dog’s physical journey. Massage therapy before and after an event can reduce the incidence of injuries. 

  • Part of pre-event preparation: prevent injuries
  • Post-event: reduces recovery time
  • Promotes flexibility
  • Reduces fatigue
  • Improves endurance
  • Prepares the body and mind for optimal performance
  • Treatment for injuries (most common is sprains and strains)

Our canine massage are offered by our Certified Canine Massage Therapist. Shawna Martell Duford completed her canine massage certification with the Canine Health and Wellbeing Academy. She studied with renowned human physiotherapist and canine animal rehabilitation therapist Michelle Monk. Shawna knows how to make dogs feel comfortable. She has a gentle approach and will pay attention to your dog’s cues while massaging. 

You can book your dog’s massage appointment online, by phone or by email.