"Small Animal Massage" refers to massage for dogs, cats, bunnies, etc., and "Large Animal Massage" would be for horses and other large animals.
Massage is the manipulation, methodical pressure, friction, and kneading of skin, muscle, and other soft tissue, combining various massage strokes with intent to achieve specific therapeutic results such as stimulating circulation, achieving greater flexibility, relieving pain, tension, etc. Massage Therapy, or Therapeutic Massage, is a general term for a range of therapeutic approaches.
Massage is all about releasing the body's natural pain-reliever, endorphins, increasing circulation of blood, lymph, nutrients, and oxygen to the tissues, and releasing the body's metabolic waste for quicker excretion. The benefits of massage are endless!
Massage therapy enhances every system of the body- immune, circulatory, endocrine, respiratory, nervous, digestive, and lymphatic systems.
Contraindications to Massage
(when massage is not recommended) include:
- When veterinary care is needed, especially if a serious injury or disease is suspected
- Over fresh injury areas such as a break, sprain, cut, wound, etc.
- Over sores, rashes, skin infections, tumors, and lumps
- If the veterinarian or the animal says NO
- Muscle Tone
- Range of Motion
- Trust and Bonding
- Oxygen to the Cells
- Nutrition to the Tissues
- Circulation of Blood and Lymph
- Relaxation and Body Awareness
- Toxin Release and Removal of Metabolic Waste Products from Body
- Blood Pressure
- Anxiety and Fear
- Injury Recovery Time
- Inflammation and Swelling
- Edema and Recovery Time after Surgery