It is an honor to be welcomed into an animal's life to become part of their care team. My mission is to help improve your animal's overall wellness, comfort, and quality of life using a variety of massage and bodywork techniques, as well as providing guidance on ways you can help your animal feel comfortable and confident at home with simple accommodations.
Massage therapy is a type of manual bodywork that uses gentle, noninvasive techniques to support the body's natural systems. Many of the same benefits of massage therapy for humans, such as relaxation and reduced muscle tension, also apply to our four-legged companions. Massage therapy can have both broad and specific benefits, depending on the techniques utilized.
The massage strokes most commonly employed in human massage therapy today were developed in the mid-1800's with wide-ranging benefits for the body and mind. Swedish massage techniques are easily translated to our non-human counterparts with their accompanying whole-body benefits.
manual lymphatic drainage
The lymphatic system is a vital component of the immune system. Lymph fluid is carried throughout the body through lymphatic vessels that drain to the heart. Lymph fluid relies on movement of surrounding tissues and muscles to move it. Specific gentle strokes can help stimulate this natural process to speed drainage.
manual ligament therapy
The ligaments connect bones to other bones, providing guidance and support for joints as they move the body. They also communicate directly with surrounding muscles to provide stabilization of joints after injury or chronic stress. Manual Ligament Therapy can be used to interrupt maladaptive tension in the muscles around joints that have been injured or stressed.
Current Texas state law regarding complementary therapies, such as animal massage and bodywork, requires approval from the animal's veterinarian. This ensures that the animal's veterinarian has determined that massage is suitable and safe given the animal's current health. This also allows for ease of communication between massage practitioner and veterinarian, which is especially important for animals whose health or condition may change often. Phone call authorization is acceptable for the initial session but subsequent visits will require written veterinary approval.