Animals benefit from massage in the same way we do. The difference is that they are unable to tell me where they hurt, what area needs work or how the massage feels. When I work with an animal I ask for a detailed history from the owner, often talk with the veterinarian and pay attention to cues from the animal. Watching an animal move provides valuable information as to what areas of their body may need special attention.
The lymphatic system is stimulated and the body’s ability to cleanse is enhanced;
The quality of the coat and fur are improved due to expression of natural oils,
The skin becomes more elastic and toned,
Respiration is improved and the oxygen level in the body is increased,
Muscles are relaxed and toned; trigger points, knots & muscle spasms are loosened,
The nervous system is stimulated or relaxed through massage,
Proprioception, or patterns of movement and muscle memory, are enhanced,
Digestion is improved,
Pain is blocked,
Circulation is improved which facilitates the flow of nutrients and the removal of toxins and
Behavioral changes occur through stimulating or soothing the nervous system.
Regular massage allows for early detection of health problems. Through touch and observation, I am able feel changes that have occurred in the skin and hair, identify health problems that may be developing and notice behavioral changes.