...Why not? Have you had a massage? If not, get one!
The physical, emotional, and health aspects of receiving a massage are well-known; animal bodies and minds are affected in the same way.
Most pet parents say they can see a difference in their companion animal’s well-being after just a few massages.
Below are just a few of the benefits massage brings:
Like massage, acupressure is a complementary modality that uses noninvasive and pain-free techniques that balances the energy. With your veterinarian's approval, it can be an effective remedy alongside their diagnosis and treatment.
Acupressure is a different form of Acupuncture using fingers/thumbs and the practitioner's intention to stimulate the acupoints instead of needles.
Below are some of the benefits acupressure can bring:
Hello, my name is Lori Alexander and I am excited to be able to offer bodywork sessions for your companion animal! Bodywork sessions consist of massage, acupressure, and Reiki individually tailored to your pet's needs.
My connection to animals has been the guiding force of my life and I am thrilled to be able to impact their lives in this positive way.
My certifications in Small Animal Massage & Small Animal Acupressure were earned at the Northwest School of Animal Massage.
It’s my belief that animals deserve our protection, guidance, care, and love. It would be my privilege to help your companion animal with immune-enhancing and stress-reducing massage and acupressure.
All animals respond differently to the first time they receive a massage/acupressure session. Most pets will need some time to get comfortable with me and understand my intent. I will remain calm and patient throughout. It's helpful to remember that your pet does not need to “obey” commands during this time and will be free to get up and walk away for a few minutes if they feel the need. I want to communicate to them that I respect their feedback and that this is a collaborative activity. Bodywork can’t work properly if your pet feels he/she has no choice in the matter. When your pet chooses to accept bodywork, then the magic can begin to happen.
For most pets, it’s helpful to have their guardian stay in the room for their first session - it gives them reassurance. You as their trusted human can be the most effective by relaxing and promoting a calm sense of well-being during their massage. After their first session, your pet will be fine if you need to leave the room, but you are always welcome to stay.
If possible, schedule your pet's appointment at a time they are usually relaxed and resting.
It's not recommended to schedule at a time when he/she expects a meal, treat, or during their usual playtime.If I am coming to do bodywork in your home, choose a time that is normally quiet. Avoid times that visitors might drop in, family members are scheduled to arrive home, ect.
Make sure your pet has had time to relieve themselves and get a drink before I arrive.
Usually, I don’t use treats during my sessions since I want to foster a relaxed and calm atmosphere. Though some dogs do need the distraction of treats so please have some on hand. For dogs who have difficulty being calm in new situations, I would recommend having a stuffed frozen Kong or Lickki Pad available to help them stay in one place. Please don’t offer bones or other high value treats as they can make your dog reactive and possessive.
Payment is due at the time of service. Accepted payment methods include cash, check, and credit card.