The Life of a Canine Massage Practitioner
Think about massaging dogs.
Do something that supports your dog massage practice.
Go to sleep.
All dogs love and appreciate whatever massage you give them. Your best efforts are good enough for them. Fortunately for them, your best, when you practice, can be better.
When I completed massage school (for people) I thought my massage was good. And it was, for the level of experience I had. 50 massage clients later, I looked back and realized how much more I was able to do. 50 sessions after that, my massages only vaguely resembled what I had been taught in school. They had become my own. As distinct as my handwriting.
With experience -time in the saddle- I gained trust, comfort, confidence, and the ability to more intuitively scan and address my clients harder to discover issues.
My practice moves through plateaus. When the skills I know become second nature, and this takes time and practice, I can then expand on them.
The way I learn is by attending workshops. That’s where I get additional training. At a workshop last month I learned that for re-education of motor skills (muscle memory) it takes 1000 – 10,000 repetitions. These are numbers that are achieved over years, not days.
So even though when I do a massage skill correctly for the first time I say to myself, “Okay, I’ve got this,” I also recognize that I will get better at it with time and lots of practice. Eventually, it’ll be so integrated that it’ll be a natural go-to in my repertoire.
You are massaging your dog or you are already in business massaging dogs. That’s great. Your best is already pretty good. Imagine how much better-more effective-your best will be with more practice and more training.
I invite you to invest in your future and the future of your dogs. Learn the PetMassage™ approach to canine massage. There are still openings in:
PetMassage™ WaterWork (aquatic canine massage).
If you’ve already completed the PetMassage™ Foundation Level, you can repeat it for just $100. We call it the Refresher, and it includes only the hands-on portion; no tests, no documentations of sessions, no videos, and no research papers.
Discover more about PetMassage™ workshops at www.petmassage.com