Welcome to the Hands on Heart Clinical Canine Massage Therapy Website.

I’m now offering Hands-Off Assessments via Zoom!, click the button below to find out more

What Is Canine Massage Therapy?:

Has your dog been acting like a teenager? Are they moping around the house, when they do finally get out of bed? Then it is possible your dog is suffering from soft tissue or muscle injuries.

Canine Massage Therapy is used to recondition soft tissue injuries, relieving muscles and other under-lying orthopaedic conditions that may be effecting mobility and quality of life.

Massage Therapy assists dogs and owners through recovery and recuperation from injuries, traumas and even day-to-day wear and tear.

Benefits:

Benefit Description
Improved mobility and activity Your friend will be back to their younger days, finding it less painful to move around while walking, running and even jumping!
Improved character and mood We can all get a little grouchy when in pain, when this is alleviated your friend will be back to their former self.
Fully rehabilitated muscles Muscles can be injured in lots of different ways, with all the varieties of stretches and snaps.
Return to normal posture and gait Ever had a “crick in your neck”? I bet you didn’t hold your head normally that day! Well dogs are just the same, when in pain they will adapt into different stances.

What Does The Therapy Involve?:

Free chat or Zoom call

Free chat or Zoom call
Have you noticed any pain-related behaviour in your dog? Do you think your dog may benefit from Canine Massage Therapy? Are you worried about potential veterinary costs or whether you are giving your dog too many NSAID painkillers?

If you can answer yes to any of those questions, then please contact me to book in a free, friendly and informal 20-30 minute chat. During our conversation, i’ll ask you some questions about:

  • Diet and Exercise
  • Past Injuries
  • Medical History / Veterinary diagnosis
  • Normal Daily Activities of Living (ADLs)
  • Any changes you or your dog walker may have noticed

From our conversation, we can decide together if a clinical canine massage is needed or if an alternative method of treatment may be more suitable.

Safety First / Vet Consent Form

Being a responsible owner, you will need to download a Vet Consent Form signed by your vet (download it here) before i can carry out any treatment on your dog. This is for your dog’s safety as well as a legal obligation:

As fully trained Canine Massage Therapists, every Guild Therapist has been trained to work closely with your Vet and ensure we get their medical consent before Hands On Treatment. This is a legal obligation according to the Veterinary Surgeons Act of 1966 and the Exemptions Order of 2015 but also ensures that your dog has no underlying medical issue that massage could make worse. NB. As well as your vet signing the bottom half of this form, you will need to fill out the top half and sign it to say you understand that the Vet will not be held responsible for any massage treatment carried out on your dog. As soon as you have this signed by your vet then we can book you in for 1-3 sessions

The First Appointment

During this initial consultation I will perform a Gait Analysis. This involves me analysing the way your pet moves at different speeds with you, from standing still to cantering. This is a hands-off analysis to detect areas of pain and discomfort as well as stiffness and other irregularities.

Post Gait Analysis I will conduct the Lenton(TM) Method of palpation (full body muscular health check) in order to get a full holistic picture of your dog. From this, I can assess muscles and areas of soft tissue for injury, scarring, trigger points, wastage of the amongst many other irregularities. This assessment is natural and non-invasive.

I will then move into a Full Body Massage (lasting roughly 45 minutes) where I will not just focus on the problematic areas but also address any areas of overcompensation and continue assessing your Dog’s physical and emotional reactions throughout the session. Throughout this entire procedure, your dog’s wellbeing is of the utmost importance but therapeutic discomfort may be necessary in order to significantly reduce your dogs pain.

At the end of the session I will demonstrate my findings to you using simple diagrams to show the areas of issue to give you a better understanding. I will also provide aftercare instructions so you can continue with the care between appointments.

Subsequent Consultations

I recommend an initial three sessions to build up the trust with your dog, whilst I work on improving their circulation and reaching to the deeper cause of their pain, not just the presented symptoms. I incorporate four massage techniques, including:

  • Deep Tissue
  • Swedish
  • Sports Massage
  • Lenton (TM) – Method of Myofascial Release

I will also give you tips on how you can reduce the risk of your dog injuring this area again.

I will always send your vet a report afterwards so I can work with them to complement any further treatment your dog may need (e.g. management or canine arthritis or hip/elbow dysplasia), or to inform them that expensive and invasive surgery may no longer be required.

Proven?:

Canine Massage Therapy is becoming a globally recognised form of treatment, with new founded acknowledgement from veterinaries across the United Kingdom and ongoing research in the University of Sparsholt and Winchester. For more information please refer to the following article.

Pricing:

Description Price
NEW!! Hands-Off Assessments
Carried out online via Zoom: Discussions about any strange behaviours you have noticed, videos of your dog moving at different speeds and home-based habits, then I can offer advice and help you adopt basic massage techniques so that you can help your dog’s circulation or refer you to your vet if needed.
£25.00 (45 minutes chat)
One Off Session, inclusive of a full initial consultation –
For more information regarding this service please view our “What Does The Therapy Involve” section here.
£50.00 + Travel
3 Sessions Deal :
For more information regarding this service please view our “What Does The Therapy Involve” section here.
£130.00 + Travel
Claw Clipping Extra :
Whilst enjoying one of our sessions, your best friend can also have his claws clipped whilst with us for a nominal price.
£5.00 additional fee
Veterinary “Lunch and Learn” Sessions :
An Introduction to Canine Massage provided by a Canine Massage Guild Member, delivered to your staff in-house. These sessions include a Subway® Lunch and CPD certificate.
£10.00 Per Person + Travel

Health & Wellbeing Products:

I recently added these natural Aloe Vera products to my portfolio after researching the company, their ethics and their high quality topical products and nutritional supplements with natural anti-infective properties which can be used for both animal and human use so you can both look after your overall wellbeing. Here are a few examples that I recommend to my clients, as well as using on myself and my dog, Lola.

You can call or message me for more product information, or simply Click Here to order direct from my shop to your door!

Name Description
Forever Freedom Aloe Drinking Gel Perfect for you and your dog to improve gut health and hydration to maintain your microbiome and fascia but also get the Joint supplements Glucosamine, Chondroitin and MSM carried straight to where you need it (higher bioavailability than tablets). Either add to your dog’s drinking water or food or add to your favourite smoothie like I do.
Veterinary Formula A topical aloe formula for cleaning wounds, cleaning paws and ears or simply spray on (or massage in) after bathing to increase the shine of their coat and the health of their skin.
Aloe Propolis Creme This moisturising lotion combines both the antibacterial and antiviral properties of Aloe and Bee Propolis to provide unique protective benefits for both prevention and treatment of dry skin conditions that smells divine.
Aloe Hand Soap and Moisturising lotion With all the extra handwashing due to Covid-19 and Norovirus to improve our infection control, this can often leave your hands dry and cracked, which can lead to further infection risk. I can definitely recommend this natural soap that leaves your hands feeling soft and moisturised but combined with the moisturising hand cream just before bed helps you forget the stresses of your day.

Risks

There are always risks to every form of Clinical Therapy, however by working closely with your Vet and ensuring we get their consent before Hands On Treatment. We significantly reduce the risks of Clinical Canine Massage Therapy as stated in the Veterinary Surgeons Act of 1966 and the Exemptions Order of 2015.

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Accreditations

We are fully accredited by the Canine Massage Guild , take a look at our profile here.

To maintain current knowledge in our field of expertise, all Massage Guild members must under go at least 25 hours of continued professional development per year.

Vet Consent Form

We understand that a lot of pet owners will wish to consult their vet before partaking in any clinical canine, we encourage this as it may help us gain a quicker understanding of where the pain’s originate. Simply download this form and ask your vet to fill it in for you before sending it to myself.