i don't get massages for myself. why should i get one for my pet?
Pets can reap the same physical and emotional benefits from massage that humans can, and it can play an important role in maintaining their health and quality of life. With dogs, they are often not as good as humans at limiting their activity and resting their body when they are sore or injured. My own dog would probably chase a rabbit even with a broken leg! Massage is a great way to facilitate the healing process in pets, whether it be just muscle soreness or recovery after an injury or surgery.
The body of a dog is also built differently than the human body. Did you know that their front limbs are not connected to the torso skeletally? Those limbs are only attached via muscle and connective tissue. And since dogs bear more of their weight in the front of the bodies than in the rear, those muscles and tissues can easily get overworked.
Massage is not just glorified petting. During a session, specific techniques are performed to reduce tension in muscles and connective tissues, boost circulation, flush toxins, and promote healing. Every session is different and every session is tailored to the specific needs of your pets, whether they be young or old, athletic or out-of-shape, healthy or dealing with chronic illness.
Remember, it's important to consult your veterinarian regarding any acute or chronic illness or injury. wellness & wags strives to be part of an integrative approach to your pet's health.
what types of massage therapy do you do?
Each massage session will be tailored to the individual needs of your pet. I have trained in a wide variety of massage techniques including:
trigger point therapy
lymphatic, including edema management and post-surgical care
palliative/hospice care, including oncology care
If your pet has recently had an injury/surgery or if they are planned to have surgery, please reach out. Adding massage treatment to their veterinary care can significantly reduce healing time.
do you work with cats?
Yes, I work with feline friends, too!
what should i expect during the first session?
An initial consultation is required for all new clients. This is a key meeting where we will review your pet’s health and behavior history, discuss why you are initiating massage therapy, and chat about what your goals are. Importantly, the first session is also a time for me to begin building trust with your pet, and to start performing massage and bodywork.
Don't be surprised if your pet does not just lie down and start enjoying the massage right away. Massage is "touch with intent" and even though it is gentle, it may feel different to pets who are used to a general ear or neck scratch, head pat, or belly rub.
It's important that you know that I listen hard to your pet, and never use forceful restraint or techniques. For some pets, it takes longer to trust a stranger and be receptive to their touch. My goal is that all sessions are low stress and a positive experience.
how many sessions will my pet need?
The number of recommended sessions will vary based on the pet’s health status and your goals for incorporating massage into their wellness plan. During the initial consultation, we will discuss a massage treatment plan that makes sense for you and your pet.
how do i need to prepare my home for your visit?
No need to clean for my visit! After working with your pet, I guarantee there will be even more hair tumbleweeds to vacuum.
However, it is important that distractions are minimized as much as possible during the session. Don't be offended if I request that you turn off the TV or radio, or if we save conversation and questions for the conclusion of the session. I may also ask that other family members (both human and furry!) hang out in a different room during the session. When I work on your pet, being present and reading their body language is critical.
what forms of payment do you accept?
Don’t worry, we take credit cards!
For your convenience, we accept payments via cash, check, credit card and Venmo.