Are You Doing It Right?
Have you ever wanted to get spontaneous validation during your canine massage? Would you appreciate the knowledge that at that moment, you were doing what the dog needed most that would enhance their life? That you were on the right spot, moving in the right direction, with the right pressure, with the right intention, for the right duration?
Body Language Says A Lot
Sure, the dog may look at you, blink, smile, lick your face, lower and rest his head, sigh, fart, move from a stand to a sit or collapse from a sit into a down. These are all body language signals for acceptance. But, what if the dog were saying that she simply enjoys your company and your intensely focused attention? Who doesn’t love attention? How can you know for sure if the specific technique is correct and effective?
Limited Value Of ROM Assessment
I recently attended a workshop in which we used ROM testing. We’d assess our shoulder mobility or depth of toe touch. Then we’d do a procedure and reassess the ROM to know that the procedure was the correct one for the concern we were addressing. The problem with that with dogs is we need the verbal confirmation from the client stating their level of comfort or flexibility. So with dogs, we cannot rely solely on ROM.
Pulse Palpation: This and More
In another presentation I learned that we can get the validation we are seeking by palpating pulses. We know that we can take our dogs pulses. There are the standard places: the femoral artery in the groin, the carotid artery under the jaw, and the one we check on ourselves during workouts in the wrist. We assess for pulse rate. That’s it. There’s more, of course. There is quality of pulse. Does it feel steady, irregular, thin, thready, weak, strong, pounding, or galloping.
When I was practicing as an RN I learned to take pedal pulses on the anterior foot. I was thrilled beyond excitement when I discovered that there are four of them and the palpation sensations are also very different from each other and other pulse sites. http://pda.rnao.ca/content/location-and-palpation-pedal-pulses
TCM Meridians Have Pulses
In the aforementioned presentation, I learned that when we expand our awareness and learn what to palpate for, we can assess pulses of individual TCM meridians. We just have to learn how to palpate, where to palpate, what to palpate, and interpret what we feel into meaningful data. “Where can I learn this,” you ask?
One-day Workshop: Pulse Palpation in Canine Massage
We are so pleased to offer a one day workshop on this topic. This, and TCVM Tongue Evaluation, a visual assessment skill. Our presenter is Dr Eva, Eva Groesbeck, DVM, TVCM. The skills you will learn in Eva’s workshop will take your canine massage skills, effectiveness, and confidence to new levels. I encourage all PetMassage Practitioners and graduates of all other canine massage programs to take this important class.
It’s 9-5 on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at the PetMassage School in Toledo. It’s only $200. (IAAMB/ACWT Members get 10% discount) Register here.
Complete PetMassage Training Includes Advanced Workshop
Eva’s workshop is the day before the 5-day PetMassage Advanced Level Workshop. Register here.
The Advanced workshop expands on what you learned as a Foundation Level Practitioner. It includes the home study course on Veterinary Medical Terminology, Advanced Canine Anatomy, and the types of Pathology concerns you will encounter in your practice. The on-site hands on workshop is devoted to your learning and becoming comfortable with advanced palpation, positional myofascial release, applying meditation, breathing and body mechanics, chakra assessment and balancing, enhancing meridian flow, and business/marketing professional development.
It’s a huge amount of content packed into 5 days. This is a venue in which you can also get private advise and support from Anastasia and me. We are your mentors. We want to help you grow as a person and as a practitioner.
Sit For NCBAAM Exam
The contents in the Advanced Level are all necessary to complete your training. The Foundation workshop was the first half, think of it as Part 1. The Advanced Level is the second half; Part 2.
The Advanced not only expands your practice, it’s 100 course hours which along with the 100 hours of the Foundation equal the 200 hours prerequisite for sitting for the NBCAAM national certification exam. The NBCAAM recognizes the 200 hour PetMassage program as sufficient training to qualify to take their exam for national certification.
So, reserve 6 days in May for your continuing education: the 6th-11th. Attend these 2 PetMassage workshops. This is a major decision that will change your life.