Purpose: To learn when, how and why to apply canine massage in a safe and positive environment.
Course Information: Students will learn all the relevant Swedish massage therapy strokes; history and theory of massage; definition and purpose of massage for canines; creating a positive environment for massage; physiological effects of massage for canines; psychological effects of massage for canines; contraindications to massage for canines; assessment and treatment protocols for canines; an introduction to hydrotherapy for canines; canine biomechanics and kinesiology; case studies of common canine soft tissue issues. Students will be provided with a comprehensive manual and an instructional video. The video provides details on the assessment procedures – visual, palpation and gaiting including the impact different surfaces will have on the gait, the creation of a positive and safe working environment, all the massage strokes, a complete therapeutic massage session and a stretch routine. Each class will also contain video demonstrations.
Prerequisites: Canine Anatomy and Physiology
What you can expect to learn in this course:
- History of massage.
- Theory of massage.
- Contraindications of massage.
- Creating a safe and positive massage environment.
- Assessment protocols – including taking a case history, gaiting to assess soundness, palpation.
- All Swedish massage strokes – including effleurage, raking, petrissage, kneading, tapotement, cupping and hacking.
- Stretch routines – both active and passive protocols.
- Creation of homecare plans.
- Beginning of the case study requirement of massaging 10 different dogs at least 4 times.
Course Completion Deadline: This course must be completed in its entirety within 6 months from the date of registration.
Instructor: Sheilagh O’Sullivan
Course Length: Twelve 90 minute sessions.
Course Fee –
Payment Plan available of Three (3) monthly payments of $200.00 USD each.
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