From a sprained ankle to arthritis, and auto-immune diseases to emotional anxiety/ grief, your dog can experience the same issues as you. As well as maintaining your dog’s flexibility and mobility through to older age, he can suffer from anxiety and stress triggered at any point through his life. It’s not something that a vet can necessarily deal with but western vets have begun to use acupuncture as a non-invasive way to treat animals for short term pain relief, so this is a step into the realm of energetic therapy.
When your vet can't find an issue, this is a great candidate for my shiatsu therapy.
I have studied Chinese Medicine Theory (behind Acupuncture) for many years and I incorporate this as well as dog psychology into my Shiatsu treatment making this much more than a standard canine massage. I also blend bespoke Bach Flower Remedies to aid dog's for recovery from Rescue, Operations and Unknown Trauma. In 2018 I embarked on Pharmacognosy with Essential Oils, allowing your dog to choose those that will aid them in getting better.
Diet is incredibly important and gut health is one of the first factors that is considered for a dog in pain. I use the chinese theory and energetics of food to advise you on the right food to give your dog. Please note that I do not believe in food as prescribed by the vet or a kibble only diet. Please be prepared to be open minded about what your dog should actually eat!
70% of dogs have hidden pain, especially as they get older
Whether you’re looking to aid your dog’s mobility in old age, or help with anxieties that dogs can face daily in the modern world, the Shiatsu therapy I provide is a gentle and effective option to consider for your dog's health, saving them from life long medication, or before invasive treatment becomes necessary.
"I would like to say thank you so much for helping Tessa (Collie Cross). I had no idea shiatsu was so beneficial for dogs.
At the grand age of 15 and suffering from a few health problems including Vestibular disease, she looked quite weary and unstable, and didn't want to play anymore. Since your treatments her stance has improved, she holds her head up and seems a much more cheerful dog. I will have no hesitation in recommending you to others in the future."
Joy & Tessa
Bringing in other modalities; working with you!
I have expanded how I help animals as often the pain they are experiencing means they won't want to receive touch immediately. I have found over recent years that essential oils give a strong indication of what the issue can be and offer some immediate relief, whilst Bach flower remedies help your dog emotionally.
Your dog's issues may intrinsically be intertwined with you and this aspect needs to be explored too. I work regularly with dog behaviourist and reiki communicator Vicky Bailey (we trained together on Dog energetics and psychology), and if I feel it is appropriate I will state that you require a session with her as well.
"Winnie is a different dog! She wouldn't let you touch her back without going for a bite. After one session with you and then Vicky she is a completely different dog. It took a couple of weeks, she went off her food and we changed it. I feel blessed and so lucky how different she is!"
Lisa & Winnie
As a complementary therapy Shiatsu works alongside your Vet/Dog behaviourist or other physical therapies to get the very best possible quality of life for your canine companion and you.
Your dog's first session
Shiatsu means finger touch but this session incorporates so much more. Please do not expect a physical therapy session, when working with dogs in pain or who are anxious there can be very little touch. A majority of the session is assessing symptoms and working out a plan of action, but you will leave with your dog either receiving relief either with shiatsu or with energetic modalities (i.e. Essential oils/Bach flowers)
Please book in for an assessment phone call, I will only work with owners who are responsible, calm and will do the necessary work to help their dog.
Your dog's issues are your responsibility in the long term. I'm here to help you create the change your dog needs for relief from their symptoms. My techniques are powerful but require you to put in the effort after the session.
On going support is available via Whats App - voice messaging and photos (it works well!), and gives us the chance to work out how many sessions your dog may require.