As the saying goes, “seeing is believing” and I have found that this holds true when educating people about the value of dog massage and complementary therapies. My profession is not well known (yet) and so it’s important to me to help spread the word in a positive and enjoyable way.
Yesterday, I had a massage tent at the ASB Summer Starter, an annual fun run and walk where dogs are encouraged to participate. This was my first year supporting the event (I tried last year but no one responded to my enquiry – so that’s progress!).
When people see how their dog responds to massage, even at a busy outdoor event like this one, it helps to open their eyes about complementary therapies. Fit dogs can still have trigger points and knots, just like humans. There was even a tripod on my table yesterday – healthy and happy – but a body that will need support going forward as the dog ages.
And I hate to think that people take exclusively the physio approach to their dog’s health – that is waiting until they are hurting or injured before seeking treatment. (Physiotherapy NZ’s definition of physio is ‘to help restore movement and function to anyone affected by an injury, disability or health condition’).
So yesterday was about showing people a taste of what massage and other therapies can do for their healthy dog.
Seeing is Believing.
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand