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"Animals share with us the privilege of having a soul"


"Animals share with us the privilege of having a soul"


Massage Therapy

Massage is deliberate and focused touch. It uses a range of movements at varying pressures to manipulate all the soft tissues of the body. Bodywork techniques also incorporate passive range of motion and stretching. Helping to realign bones and joints.

Soft tissues include:

  • the skin

  • adipose tissue

  • muscles

  • tendons and ligaments

  • connective tissue or fascia 

  • some internal organs.

A Brief History

Massage has long been considered a healing art and a science.The first documented records discovered in China in 722 BC shows widespread use. Hippocrates, considered the ‘father’ of modern medicine, references massage in his lectures. He identifies the practice as being an integral aspect of medical treatment.


Anecdotal evidence suggests that even the ancient Romans and Egyptians practiced animal massage. More recently, in the 1970's, equine massage became a formal part of the racing world. Less than a decade later, canine massage also became a popular form of therapy.


The development of specialist certification programs has ensured professionalism in the industry and recognition of this practice in the veterinary arena. More and more people are discovering the myriad of benefits massage therapy offers their own pets.

Benefits of Therapeutic Massage
  • Has a positive impact on all the systems of the body.

  • Promotes relaxation of the body and decreases hyperactivity.

  • Calms the mind and reduces anxiety related issues.

  • Stimulates the release of the ‘feel good’ hormones dopamine and serotonin.

  • Creates feelings of euphoria and a sense of safety.

  • Reduces the levels of the ‘stress’ hormone cortisol.

  • Increases the body's ability to produce endorphins which interrupt the pain cycle.

  • Improves blood and lymph circulation which supports immune functioning.

  • Keeps the skin and coat in good condition.

  • Promotes tissue healing and reduces scar formation.


  • Prevents sporting injuries, keeps them in optimal physical shape.

  • Maintains mobility in the older or recuperating pet.

  • Treats and prevents painful Trigger Points.

  • Increases flexibility and ensures joint health is maintained.

  • Improves balance, posture and overall performance.

  • Can be used at all life stages.

  • Supports a healthy, happy and well-balanced pet.

  • Helps them live their best life.

  • Makes them feel great!

My Story

Welcome to FurTherapy. I am Marisa, Certified Canine Massage Therapist. I began my professional career with a degree in Health Science and a certificate in Homeopathy. I then completed a Graduate Diploma in Teaching, followed by a Conservation and Environmental Science qualification, which led me to work in the Biosecurity field. Having always had a love for animals, I decided to follow my true passion - working with dogs and their people.

My entire life has been dedicated to my own pets. Unfortunately, my dogs have begun to face some age-related health issues recently. One has early onset arthritis and another has scar tissue buildup from a ligament injury. My older girl has been struggling with vestibular disease and ataxia. My desire to help them encouraged me to begin researching complementary therapies.

All my dogs have always been energetic and active, and I hated seeing them struggling. My desire was to help ease their pain and for them to live their best dog life! I wanted to give them the quality of life they deserved and lessen the impact their conditions were having on them. To increase their functional abilities, I decided further study was necessary. So began my journey into the world of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. I undertook the Canis Bodyworks 'Canine Massage Mentorship Program' and became a fully qualified Canine Massage Therapist. Following on from this, I completed the certification exam to become a member of the National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure and Massage (NBCAAM). 

I realised the positive effects on my own dogs were far exceeding any expectations. It is now my aim to share this experience with others so that we can support our pets together. The benefits are endless...

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