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Posts Tagged ‘Canine Massage’

The school you choose for training needs to fit your personality.

I just responded to an inquiry from a RVT about our school. You may have similar questions. If you do – even if you don’t – please read on.  She writes: Hello, I am an RVT from California currently working as an instructor at a college. I am interested in your program thinking of starting…

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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Support Systems

Support Systems Most mornings I sit for several minutes on the sofa, sipping my coffee, flanked by our two dogs. We settle into the quiet and practice detachment, as thoughts appear and dissolve. Memories, narratives of memories, goals, plans, all randomly float on by. Between the thoughts I experience the present. I feel my breath.…

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Prepare your hands before giving PetMassage

Prepare your hands before giving PetMassage Before you begin any exercise, you need to warm up. Stretch your body. Before beginning any project, you need to clean and prepare your tools. In canine massage, our tools are our hands. I’d like to share some ways to prepare your hands so that you can give your…

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Core Stability for You and Your Dog

Core Stability for You and Your Dog Stability It’s essential to feel stable during PetMassage. During the massage session, you must radiate stability. When you are off-balance, or can be easily pushed off-center by dogs you cannot be modeling the stability of leadership.  And that can happen during sessions when dogs paw at you, nudge…

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Canine Massage on Table vs Floor

Canine Massage on Table vs Floor This week we released a new video on our YouTube channel. In it I share my views on practicing canine massage on a table compared to working on the floor. Both have their place. Whenever and however possible though, we need to maintain mindful and ergonomic body mechanics. It is essential…

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PetMassage Original DVDs and Books

PetMassage Original DVDs and Books It was just brought to our attention that somehow, someway, Amazon is having “technical issues” with several of our canine massage instructional books and DVDs.  How could such a thing happen? PetMassage books and DVD’s show as being unavailable or with prices that are outrageously high. We are working to…

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Moving Like a Potted Palm

Moving Like a Potted Palm Did you see it? We are posting new YouTube videos every Tuesday at 2 pm. The most recent is “Moving Like a Potted Palm” Feng Shui/Tai Qi This is one of the body mechanics exercises that we practice during our PetMassage™ Foundation Level workshop. It’s a variation of a Feng…

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Greatest Love of All

Greatest Love of All Woke up this morning with the lines of a Whitney Huston song* on loop-repeat in my head. This has never happened before. At least not with this song. It’s amazing what floats up to consciousness in the last moments of a dream. It’s special when dreams continue into waking state. “I…

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Video Tour of PetMassage Classroom

Video Tour of PetMassage Classroom We just posted a new video on our new YouTube channel. It’s the Tour of the PetMassage classroom. I invite you to view the video. Here is its transcript: Intro Hi. I’m Jonathan and I’m here with Camille and Ilaria. We’re going to give you a tour of the PetMassage…

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Muscle testing 

Muscle testing  Muscle testing is a technique used in PetMassage. It’s a visual way of asking your higher consciousness for advice when your regular consciousness isn’t sure. The theory is: that there is another level of communication, of understanding, of recognition that some things are right, some wrong; some things are better for us than…

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Some Scholarships Awarded

Some Scholarships Awarded We were thrilled to be able to award $300 Colvin scholarships to Advanced PetMassage™ workshop students. Their essays showed their appreciation for their training and passion for continuing their practice of Canine Massage. More Scholarships Available We have two more scholarships available for people who would like some financial support to attend their PetMassage™…

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The Life of a Canine Massage Practitioner

The Life of a Canine Massage Practitioner Wake up. Think about massaging dogs. Massage dogs. Do something that supports your dog massage practice. Go to sleep. Repeat. 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…

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Crisis At The Dog Park

Crisis At The Dog Park Socializing At the Dog Park The Park District in Toledo OH just opened its first dog park. Toledo has finally joined the rest of the cities in the country in its dog-friendliness. Going to an off-leash park is a new experience for us. We have a new puppy. We reasoned…

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Massaging Dogs on The Floor

Massaging Dogs on The Floor Quality Control Sometimes it is impossible to get a dog up on a table because they are too heavy to lift, or if they are in so much pain you feel in danger of being bitten. In these rare situations, by all means, do what you can to massage them,…

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PetMassage™ Is Mainstream

PetMassage™ Is Mainstream Canine massage is fast becoming a mainstay of integrative dog care; for pet/companion dogs, athletic dog training and conditioning, and veterinary rehabilitation. There is a growing demand for well-trained PetMassage™ Certified Practitioners. The PetMassage™ School is now ready to meet that demand. Pioneering PetMassage™ School Based in Toledo Ohio, PetMassage™ has evolved…

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No One Told Me About Rescue Dogs.

No One Told Me About Rescue Dogs. There are some significant things that we didn’t know when we set about adopting a rescue dog. The learning curve has been going on for a couple of weeks. Every day we have new insights. New questions. Some are answerable; some, we’ll never know. Some, we didn’t know…

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Touch Breathing

Touch Breathing Animal Shelter Pitbull Visiting a dog shelter recently, I watched a young woman bring a young pitbull outside for some fresh air and exercise. She brought him into the gated play area, tossed a ball across the yard, and sat down on a bench to watch him play. The dog showed no interest…

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In Uncertainty Lies All Possibility

In uncertainty lies all possibility It is winter and the roads are slick with invisible ice. My tires cannot grip. My car starts its sideward slide. I do what I can. I take my foot off the brake pedal. I steer into the skid. The car keeps sliding. There is a car parked on the…

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