Stress is not only a human condition; animals experience it too. Over-exposure to stress impacts the health of our pets. It can result in the development of chronic physical and psychological conditions. Therapeutic Massage stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system - responsible for 'rest and recovery'. It helps to relieve pain and creates balance (homeostasis) within the body. Relaxation promotes the release of hormones that support physical, emotional and mental well-being.
Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy
A Trigger Point is an extremely painful ‘bunching’ of connective tissue or muscle cells. It can sometimes feel like a hardened band or nodule. They may be caused by acute injuries or can develop over time. Chronic stress, structural/postural imbalances, overuse injuries or nutritional deficiencies are contributing factors. Trigger Points can limit full range of motion and cause muscle dysfunction. They also impact surrounding nerves and blood vessels. This results in hypersensitivity and reduced circulation. The use of specific compression techniques helps 'deactivate' the ‘stuck’ fibers. Trigger Point Therapy increases blood flow, thereby promoting healing and relieving pain.
The lymphatic system plays a vital role in maintaining fluid balance in the body. It acts as a defensive mechanism by removing toxins from the cells. Manual Lymphatic Massage was developed in the 1930’s by Dr. Emil Vodder (a PhD from Denmark). This is a very gentle technique that encourages the flow of lymphatic fluid around the body. The treatment is ideal for those dealing with injury or illness. It has been proven effective both pre-and post-surgery. Fluid trapped in the tissues can compress blood vessels, decreasing cellular nutrition. Removal of waste products promotes wound recovery and prevents scar tissue or adhesions forming. With Lymphatic Massage, we stimulate the healing process, help to relieve pain and reduce the risk of infection.
Orthopaedic Friction is a form of rehabilitation massage used to treat injuries to tendons and ligaments. It was first described by orthopaedic surgeon Dr. James Cyriax in the 1940's. He discovered that it is effective in reducing scar tissue formation following trauma. Adhesions (scarring) can result in limited movement and cause pain throughout the body. This technique creates a controlled inflammatory response, encouraging nutrient-rich blood to the tissues. This increase in oxygen promotes healing and provides an analgesic effect.
Offering a professional and unique home-visit service within the Auckland region with no travel fees.
All sessions are conducted by a Certified Canine Massage Practitioner and member of NBCAAM (National Board of Certification for Animal Accupressure and Massage).