Massage Therapy For Animals
Pet owners are aware of their animals love of being pet. Stroking an animal, just for a brief time, can calm an anxious pet or make an animal so comfortable that they will instantly fall asleep in your lap. The relaxing effect that petting has on animals is the basis behind animal massage therapy.
Animal massage therapy offers the same benefits to animals as it does to humans and why wouldnt it? In addition to the calming effects of a massage, a pets body will respond to massage by reduced swelling and decreased muscle spasms and muscle tension. Animal massage has also been known to have an diminitive effect on scar tissue. Massage has also been known to increase muscle tone and mobility in aging pets.
Animal massage is performed by a certified practitioner of animal massage, who is specifically trained in animal anatomy, animal movement and animal observation. Your pets first animal massage will typically begin with a pet-masseuse consultation.
During this visit the therapist and your pet will get to know one another, so that your pets response can be gauged. The practitioner will also examine your pets gait, the way they move, as well as their demeanor, emotional state and body language. According to this initial consultation, the masseuse will choose a type of massage thats suitable for your pet and their conditions.
The average animal massage session lasts about 30 minutes, but this can vary. While some animals are more anxious than others; other pets absolutely love being massaged and are willing to lie still for an entire hour-long session. Again, depending on the size of your pet, the therapist may have them lie down as with cats and dogs or remain standing as with horses (called Equimassage).
During the massage, the therapist will apply strokes in different pressures to your pets body. The pressure of the stroke will be less than that applied to a human, and obviously small dogs will be massaged with a lighter pressure (about 5-grams) compared to a larger dog.