Why Massage for our Dogs?

  • The body is able to reset and relax which helps to reverse the effects that stress has on the body
  • Relieves sore and tight muscles
  • Muscles are freer to contract and lengthen which helps with
    better range of motion and joint health
  • Oxygen and nutrients are freer to move throughout the body
  • Adhesions (tissues stuck together) become unstuck
  • Blood pressure is lowered which reduces stress on the heart and the entire circulatory system
  • The automatic protective response for survival gets to rest and recover
  • Immune system functions better
  • Diaphragm and ribs are able to move more freely – which allows for deeper breathing and more oxygen is able to get all the cells in the body

Massage Techniques

  • Passive Touch
  • Friction
  • Effleurage
  • Percussion
  • Petrissage
  • Vibration
  • Compression
  • Rocking

Massage Session Information
Canine massage sessions typically last for about 30 to 40 minutes depending on the dog. Sometimes, the dogs will need to take breaks during their session. It may also take a few sessions in order for the massage therapist to gain the dog’s trust.

When is the best time for a massage?
The best time for a massage is after exercise or after the dog has gone to the bathroom as they are more likely to relax. It is also best at least 1 hour after eating, so the digestive system has time to do its job.

About Sarah: Our Massage Therapist
Sarah is certified by the Chicago School of Canine Massage in Level I Canine Massage Therapy. She also is certified in Reiki I through Brenner Reiki Healing, Reiki II, and Animal Reiki by Heartsong for Animals.


Reiki means Spiritual Energy – “Rei”-spirit and “Ki”-energy. Reiki is a Japanese system that was created by Mikao Usui in the late 19th & 20th centuries for the purpose of spiritual development but has evolved into a system for energetic healing.

How does it work?
As a Reiki practitioner, we use our intention, focus, and meditative breathing to build a “healing connection or bridge” offering the animal a way to relax and promote self-healing.

Why is it ideal for animals?

    • It is gentle and noninvasive
    • It goes where it is needed the most
    • Can be given hands-on or from a distance
    • Can do no harm to either the animal or practitioner
    • Animal controls their involvement

*They take the amount of energy they wish to receive

What can Reiki do for our pets?

  • Maintain health on the physical, mental, and emotional levels
  • Help with behavioral issues
  • Provides relaxation, stress-relief, and may help reduce pain
  • Help abused animals heal
  • Support with the passing process

What we do not do
Reiki is not a replacement for medical treatment. We do not diagnose, prescribe, or perform medical treatments. We do not interfere with the treatment of medical professionals.

Please call if you are interested in pricing and/or scheduling for a massage or Reiki session!