Just like their human owners, pets endure their share of illness, injuries, bumps and bruises throughout a lifetime. Even long after the trip to the vet, they may suffer from negative side effects such as bad posture, poor blood circulation, and overall muscle stiffness and soreness.
Everyone knows a good massage can have you feeling fit and well again for days after, so why wouldn’t that work for your pet?Pet massage, otherwise known as Myofunctional therapy, benefits event the healthiest of pets, enhancing their performance and improving their overall well being and vitality.
Benefits of Pet Massage
Pet massage can benefit your animal physically, emotionally and mentally. Some of these include:
Pet massage also has an immediate, relaxing effect on your pet and is the perfect opportunity for you to bond with your pet.
Massaging Your Pet
A pet massage professional is always best to consider when your dog has health problems. If however you would prefer to administer the massage yourself, there are a number of pet massage books and dvds on the market that offer easy to follow instructions.
A pet massage doesn’t really differ in technique to that given to humans. Techniques commonly used include:
You may also like to apply pressure to acupressure points (if you’re familiar with them) and give your pet a complete body massage.
Lie your pet on a hard surface to prevent him or her from twisting around in an unexpected way during the massage.
When massaging your pet:
And please remember; keep the massage gentle and light. All deep tissue massages should be done only by a trained and certified pet massage practitioner you trust.