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Grounds for exercises in intuition.

Grounds for exercises in intuition. As I was taking my morning coffee I noticed a tiny chunk of grit on my tongue. I looked down at my cup; there on the bottom was a smattering of coffee grounds. I grind whole beans before brewing, and when I dump the grounds into the filter not all…

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Canine aquatic massage and underwater treadmills

The Benefits of Hydrotherapy was the topic this week on Dr Karen Becker’s blog on the Healthy Pets Mercola website. https://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2019/04/11/pet-hydrotherapy.aspx Karen discusses aquatic therapy from the perspective of her holistic veterinary practice. Her subtitle: Soothes Sore Joints and Muscles, a Godsend for Injured or Obese Pets. I’d like to add my perspective to her…

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What’s in Your Pet First Aid Kit?

What’s in Your Pet First Aid Kit? From the perspective of canine massage, first aid includes the gentle manipulation of the dog’s body, his environment and his activities. We use touch  healing touch and /or Reiki acupressure and meridian rebalancing leadership through body language presence breath control anxiety control positioning for comfort and controlled blood…

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Stretching at Joints

Stretching at Joints In its most basic form, stretching is a naturally instinctive activity; it is performed by humans and many other animals. Stretching often occurs instinctively after waking from sleep, after long periods of inactivity, or after exiting confined spaces. This is an appropriate activity to foster and use, since it comes from our dog’s natural instincts. Stretching…

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A Walk in the Woods is open to interpretation.

A Walk in the Woods is open to interpretation. Last weekend I attended a concert at our local university. In this essay I work through understanding how to experience a new musical form and how it relates (as everything does) to canine massage. The concerts entire program was original compositions created by faculty, grad students,…

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Fasciae Collaboration

Fascia Collaboration. Let’s learn about what it is, how to identify it, influence it to help our dogs, and share the love.  In September 2019 I will be one of the instructors at a joint conference of the IAAMB/ACWT and the NBCAAM. (It will be open to members and non-members. The link for info about…

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Past Life Skills Include Dog Massage

Practicing and Figuring It Out Some things come easily; some take practice until we get it right. I noticed a pattern in the way I mastered skills. I identified a natural talent, received some initial training, and practiced, modeling after my instructor. With perseverance, I figured out how to do what I wanted to do…

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We are our own seers.

Alyce Sorokie, the author of Gut Wisdom, Understanding and Improving Digestive Health, shared a powerful poem during a presentation I attended in Chicago. I’d like to share it with you. Chapter 1 I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in. I am lost… I am helpless. It…

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Helpful Hints: Dog massage for rigid top lines

Helpful Hints: Dog massage for rigid top lines The tension we see and feel in dogs is always protective. They may be self-restricting their movements for several reasons. They may be experiencing a pain that is at a tolerable level but any addition to what they are doing would be too uncomfortable. So, they’d act…

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Every Moment is Life Defining.

Every Moment is Life Defining. Camille, our boxer slipped while we were walking around our neighborhood. She stepped on a patch of ice hidden under the snow. Her legs flew out from beneath her. She landed hard on her hip. Cami jumped back up, shook it off, and trotted on; but I could see she…

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Feel secure with dogs, learn Dog Handling Skills

Feel secure with dogs, learn Dog Handling Skills  In 1998, Jonathan and I adopted our first dog, Oskar. He was a 60 lb. boxer. I was clueless about caring for a dog. My entire pet experience had been with gerbils, hamsters and a cat that was mostly cared for by my daughter, Cheryl. We had…

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Become a More Empowered PetMassage Practitioner with Advanced Training

Become a More Empowered PetMassage Practitioner with Advanced Training When I was in human massage school I loved the last six months. That’s where the magic appeared.  I realized my calling, my gift, was in the realm of “energy healing”.  My massage student friends described what they felt. They talked about the heat, the vibrations,…

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Listen to the guidance of your Divine self.

The first day of the PetMassage Foundation Level Program is filled with happiness, empowerment and wonder. Jonathan and I (Anastasia) greet our new students and welcome them into our PetMassage tribe of canine massage practitioners. Our students come from all walks of life and they have these things in common: they all love dogs and understand that…

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Pet Naissage?

Pet Naissage? Anita Pitts, PetMassage Foundation Level Program of February 2017, wrote, sharing her moment when the light bulb went on. I recognize this as something significant that you can apply to your canine massage practice. Here’s her initial email, my response, and her essay. Anita writes: I’ve been doing pet massage and nail trimming.…

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PetMassage Programs and workshops

We talk a lot about PetMassage Programs and workshops. If you an experienced workshop attendee, you know what to expect. And, it’s all good! It is possible that you have never before signed up for a workshop; especially a vocational training workshop. “What are they?”  “What can I expect?” “Am I comfortable taking 5 days…

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The Gait Way to Better Performance Workshop is offered at The PetMassage School.

The Gait Way to Better Performance Workshop is offered at The PetMassage School. Create your healthier body with the Gait Way to Better Performance techniques. One of the PetMassage workshops taught during the PetMassage Foundation Level Program is the Gait Way to Better Performance for the PetMassage practitioner/student.  It is a four hour lecture/interaction workshop whose focus is on teaching the…

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Meditate with your Dog(s)

Meditate with your Dog(s) Hello Everyone I am writing a blog, perhaps once a month, (sounds very feminine) to share my experiences in my on-going healing arts practice. When I dedicate myself to a spiritual practice, on a daily basis, just as many of us do with a daily exercise program (walking, biking, weights, etc.),…

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That light in the tunnel.

That light in the tunnel. That light in the tunnel is not an oncoming train. It’s sunshine. Canine massage may very well be in your future. Register for the PetMassage Foundation Level Program and initiate the plan for your leave taking from your corporate nightmare. I had an uncomfortable conversation about life in the corporate world. Competent…

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PetMassage for Active and Athletic Dogs

PetMassage for Active and Athletic Dogs Optimizing function is the name of the game. That’s what canine massage does. The dogs appreciate what we do. Their owners, handlers, trainers, and vets do, too. PetMassage is an appropriate and beneficial therapeutic practice for Active and sport dogs. These athletes have had tremendous success when they the get…

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Lateral breathing in dogs

Lateral breathing in dogs Lateral breathing is often not included when we talk about breathing. We think of mouth breathing and nose breathing; chest breathing and diaphragmatic – belly – breathing. I use palmar breathing; and that’s demonstrated at https://youtu.be/EQPlxRXx9bw Lateral breathing includes the functioning of the structures on the sides of the dog: the ribs,…

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Choose the PetMassage Home-Study Courses

The 8 Home Study Course offerings from PetMassage: Basic Anatomy of the Dog The “Basic Anatomy of the Dog” PetMassage™ Home Study Course was specially formulated to meet the practical needs of the beginning dog massage / canine massage practitioner. While administering a canine massage, it is imperative that you know enough about canine anatomy…

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Choose the PetMassage for Dogs Workshops that best fit your needs and aspirations.

Choose the PetMassage for Dogs Workshops that best fit your needs and aspirations. PetMassage Programs are vocational training. They include on-site, one-on-one, hands-on training and home study modules.  Programs with Workshops On-site at The PetMassage Training and Research Institute, Toledo, OH                 PetMassage for Dogs Foundation Level Program/ Certified…

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Motivation From Daily Hands-on Inspiration

Motivation From Daily Hands-on Inspiration You’ve heard or read about how I started PetMassage.  I’ve described it in my books and it’s on our website. [https://petmassage.com/store/petmassage-dogs-art-essence-canine-massage-book/ ] It’s been a passion of mine for over 20 years. Every week of every year, I either teach a workshop, council students, write books and blogs, produce videos, manage…

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PetMassage Training and Research Institute YouTube videos

PetMassage Training and Research Institute YouTube videos Happy Holidays. This weekend, as you celebrate with the vivacious thrilling and all-absorbing company of your adoring family, and you are covertly searching for some meaningful entertainment on your mobile device, we invite you to visit our YouTube channel: PetMassage Training and Research Institute. Watch, share, laugh, learn…

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PetMassage Books: Perfect Gifts for the Dog Lovers in Your Life 

PetMassage Books: Perfect Gifts for the Dog Lovers in Your Life  Jonathan has written several Books for your PetMassage instruction. They are perfect gifts for dog lovers this holiday season. Art and Essence of Canine Massage, PetMassage™ “PetMassage creates an ambient environment within the dog’s body and mind by combining touch, and compassionate active presence.”…

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Massage in Canine Rehabilitation 

Massage in Canine Rehabilitation  The goals for massage in canine rehabilitation are to maintain, restore, and enhance the recovering dog after injury. It includes restoring function to the injured point plus relaxing those areas that have been compensating while the injury heals. Simply put, the goal is to enhance the dog’s quality of life. Massage helps the dog…

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PetMassage Private Sessions

PetMassage Private Sessions Canine PetMassage™ Dogs at all stages of life, just like humans, derive tremendous benefits with PetMassage™. All breeds, sizes, ages, and conditions benefit. Jonathan has worked with lap dogs, hunting dogs, show dogs, agility dogs, service dogs, security dogs, search and rescue dogs, and hundreds of family pets. For active dogs, PetMassage™ helps…

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PetMassage Kid’s Guide to Massaging Dogs [DVD] and Kids Doggie Songs CD

PetMassage Kid’s Guide to Massaging Dogs [DVD] and Kids Doggie Songs CD  PetMassage™ A Kid’s Guide to Massaging Dogs [DVD] Everybody loves massage…especially dogs. Everybody can learn to give PetMassage™ …especially kids. This DVD is a great complement to the book Dogs Kids PetMassage™! This video, for the first time, introduces children to the skills of…

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Ohio Interpretation of Laws Re: Massage 

Ohio Interpretation of Laws Re: Massage  Animal Alternative Therapies Revised May, 2010 The Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board has had multiple inquiries regarding the ability of animal massage therapists and other allied health professionals to perform therapies on animals and not violate the veterinary practice act. The Board appreciates these individual’s willingness to understand and…

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Transitions Canine Massage: Sacred Rite

Transitions Canine Massage: Sacred Rite A transition is any shift from one life -energetic – experience to another. Massage assists dogs in any transition. When dogs are experiencing a change in their lives that is stressing them, they get tremendous benefit with massage. Examples of lifestyle changes could be moving to a new city or neighborhood…

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Duplication, redundancy, sympathetic, and empathetic functions in the dog  

Duplication, redundancy, sympathetic, and empathetic functions in the dog   Our dogs bodies are wise and mysterious. In their wisdom, they have several types of backups, backing up each other in case one element malfunctions. I often stimulate synergistic referral points when I cannot access or am not sure precisely where assistance is needed. There…

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Confident Dog Handling for PetMassage™ Practitioners Workshop

Confident Dog Handling for PetMassage™ Practitioners Workshop 4 Hour on-site workshop. The concepts and dog handling skills in this course will enable you to be more confident working with many dog breeds, temperaments, and situations. From the beginning of a dog massage session, you must develop an understanding with the dog so that both of…

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TCVM Tongue Assessment and TCVM Pulse Palpation

TCVM Tongue Assessment and TCVM Pulse Palpation How much do you know about TCVM, Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine? Do you know how to apply aspects of TCVM in your dog massage? Acupressure points and meridians are not all there is to know in the complex practice of TCVM. Two of the Four Pillars of TCVM…

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Body and Gait Mechanics for PetMassage™ Practitioners Workshop

Body and Gait Mechanics for PetMassage™ Practitioners Workshop The dogs we walk and massage entrain with our posture, gait and breathing. Our dogs are very aware of how we are feeling. Any limp, slouch, imbalance in gait, unfocused look, and incomplete breath signals them that something is amiss. In the Body and Gait Mechanics for PetMassage™…

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Medical Terminology, Canine Physiology, Kinesiology and Pathology for the Canine Massage Practitioner [PetMassage™ Home Study Course]

Medical Terminology, Canine Physiology, Kinesiology and Pathology for the Canine Massage Practitioner [PetMassage™ Home Study Course] This home study course is designed to enhance your comprehension and working knowledge of the medical terminology, its etymology and definitions, physiology, and the basic functions within the body that are applicable to canine / dog massage. Learn about kinesiology, movement (bones, ligaments,…

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Sharing Articles

Sharing Articles Vivienne Pastars, a beautiful spirit from Australia who traveled to the PetMassage School in Toledo Ohio for her Foundation Level Program Training, was asked to write an article about canine massage for the Australian magazine, Holistic Bliss. She wrote me saying she didn’t want to reinvent the wheel so she shared one of the PetMassage Helpful Hints blogs.…

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PetMassage for Kids’ Safety 

PetMassage for Kids’ Safety  Happy dogs, Safe Kids The happiest dogs are the “dogs kids massage.” The safest kids are the ones who massage their dogs. PetMassage for Kids is a sweet little program that teaches kids how to respect dogs and care for them with massage. Lessons Learned Early Inform Citizenship I don’t know…

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PetMassage™ Energy Work with Dogs [Home Study Course]

PetMassage™ Energy Work with Dogs [Home Study Course] Summary: Everything is energy. There is no separation between your dog’s energy-body and her physical-body. Energy can be influenced. Rechanneled. Excited. Calmed. In this course, you learn to enhance the energetic quality of your life, the lives of your dogs, the lives of your canine / dog…

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Independent Study [PetMassage™ Home Study Course]

Independent Study [PetMassage™ Home Study Course] The intention of this course is for you to be an SME, Subject Matter Expert on the topic assigned to you. The report must be in a research paper form that we can edit, as a Word Document. It will be published on the PetMassage.com website and made available…

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Research Papers Lead to Help for Dog Owners

Research Papers Lead to Help for Dog Owners On Nov 27, 2018, we received a desperate sounding email from someone who was reaching out to PetMassage for advice. He found us while doing a web search on an issue he and his service dog are dealing with. The issue he was researching was a Research…

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Basic Anatomy of the Dog [PetMassage™ Home Study Course]

Basic Anatomy of the Dog [PetMassage™ Home Study Course] The “Basic Anatomy of the Dog” PetMassage™ Home Study Course was specially formulated to meet the practical needs of the beginning dog massage / canine massage practitioner. While administering a canine massage, it is imperative that you know enough about canine anatomy that you are able…

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