Maintenance Massage, Sports, Performance and Rehab Massage is now available. Our massage practitioner graduated from  the Northwest School of Animal Massage. She holds certificates in Maintenance Massage Level 100 Program, Level 200 Performance Massage and  Level 300 Rehabilitation Massage.  She is also a Reiki Master.  Her massage practice  will be limited to dogs, cats, rabbits and other small animals only.

Our animal massage therapist will be integrating with other modalities such as aromatherapy, reiki therapy and acupressure.  The goal will be to help reach a natural healthy state by adapting to any physical injuries or limitations and to enhance performance. Massage techniques are used in a gentle relaxing environment to empower the animal with calmness, comfort, and confidence.  A massage plan will be based on your pets medical history and a gait analysis done on the first consultation. 

Benefits of Small Animal Massage:
  • Improve proper circulation and flow of the lymphatic system. 
  • Decrease nervousness and anxiety 
  • Relieve pain 
  • Strengthens tendons and ligaments 
  • Improves function of the immune system
  • Rids body of toxins 
  • Aid in detecting illness at a early stage such as lumps or soft tissue changes.
  • Increase joint flexibility and range of motion. Helps to prevent injury and relieve soreness in pre and post performance events by focusing on key areas that affect performance. 
  • Facilitates quicker healing
  • Improves alignment without using blunt force. 
  • Reduces arthritic stiffness in geriatric animals
  • Decreases blood pressure
  • Improves digestion
  • Promotes healthy skin and coat.
  • Immediate and long term benefits, increased tolerance for handling, and it feels good.  
  • Puppy Massage, especially in large breeds, can improve social aspects of development,  increase flexibility, stretch muscles, release endorphins to reduce aches and pains associated from rapid growth of muscles and bones. 

Raindrop Therapy Available Now !

We also provide Raindrop Therapy which includes Applied Vitaflex, Raindrop Technique I & II, Emotional Release, Essential Oil Science and Chemistry I & II,  and Healing Oils of the Bible for Certification as a Raindrop Practitioner for humans and animals. Raindrop Therapy for dogs is based on the technique developed by Dr. Heather Mack VMD and Dr. Nancy Brandt and Marcella Vonn Harting.  Call now to set up a raindrop therapy session. 

Raindrop Technique combines the art of aromatherapy with massage in the application of essential oils to various areas of the body. This therapy provides a revolutionary means of bringing balance and harmony to the body physically, mentally, and emotionally.  We use only the purest form of essential oils from Young Living for raindrop therapy. 

Essential oils can enhance animals lives.  Essential oils are aromatic distilled liquids. This can come from flowers, seeds, trees and other plants.  They can have an immediate impact on the animals through their sense of smell. 

The benefits of Essential oils in animals:
  • Insect repellent.
  • Rid body of parasites.
  • Ease colic.
  • Ease skin problems.
  • Reduce inflammation.
  • Control pain. 
  • Ease trauma.
  • Reduce anxiety and stress.
Call to schedule a raindrop therapy  session for you, or your dog. 
For more info on the
 'Raindrop Technique' click here. 

*** Please note, an animal massage practitioner can not diagnose medical issues, manipulate bony structures, offer medical advise, prescribe drugs or perform surgery. Massage or holistic therapy is not a substitute for regular and proper veterinary care.

Massage can not be used :

On open wounds

Post operative conditions without veterinary approval 

Recent fractures

Animal has a fever

Certain skin conditions
Animal Reiki  Master

Reiki Therapy is a gentle non invasive 'laying on of hands'. It channels energy to heal physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Rebalancing of energies will occur, thus enabling and enhancing the body to heal in a natural state.  Reiki is great for people and animals.  Through soft gentle and loving care, Our Reiki Therapist will help by respecting your needs and your pet's needs and responding intuitively. 

Reiki can also help facilitate the animals transition to the other side by providing comfort, relief from pain, fear and anxiety. 

Benefits of Reiki Therapy
  • Detoxify the system.
  • Eliminate energy blockage.
  • Reduce side effects from surgery, and medications.
  • Speed recovery and reduce effects of trauma.
  • Relieve of geriatric conditions. 
  • Ease pain and suffering.
  • Calm the mind and relax muscles.
  • Support behavioral and social issues.

For more info on Reiki for animals go to this page  Animal Reiki

Manual Ligament Therapy

Canine Fitness Center:
Core Strengthening
Healthy Stretching
K-9 Team Fitness

Shiatsu for Animals
Myofacia Release

Canine Warm Water Swim Therapy Pool
Conditioning, Balance and Endurance 
with water, massage and range of motion. 

Fun Power Swimming

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New Services Available at our location. 

Comprehensive Gait Analysis 

For Sports Performance, Police or Military Dogs, or Search and Rescue, or Service Dogs  

This is an extensive evaluation of dog's gait, jumping (takeoff and landing patterns)  foot placements as well as conformation and how it will affect performance. The analysis performed by a veterinarian will include many photo shots and video clips of the dog in action in their choice of sport or service.  Conformation evaluation will be included. Structure can play a key role in how well your dog can perform a sport or service career.  Structure and gait analysis will include symmetry, balance, head and tail carriage, reach, drive, carriage, flexibility of top line, animation of movement, tracking,  focus expression, and alertness.  This is a great assessment tool to evaluate for potential problems early on that  the dog may have for a particular sport or service career.  Sound movement can contribute to a dog's stamina and ability to perform, as well as overall health and comfort.  It is an aid to help prevent possible future injuries and determine a conditioning plan for optimum performance and endurance. 
For more info on our geriatric massage and hospice care please click here.  GERIATRIC AND HOSPICE CARE
The benefits of human reflexology is also a beneficial form of therapy to animals. Pet Reflexology  is an ancient art and science that uses gentle manual pressure to points of  the foot, ear and hands. The science of Reflexology is based on the theory that certain points of the foot, hand and ear mirror specific parts of the body. By applying specific pressure and technique, the  practioner can stimulate these points to release blockage, improve circulation, release toxins, and congestion, stimulate the immune system, balance body chemistry and return energy flow to normal in the corresponding organ or body part.  Pet Reflexology can also restore your sense of well being, ease pain, increase vitality, promote relaxation, reduce over hyperactivity and over stimulated areas, or enhance part of a training routine.  This technique can be used on all animals with no toxic reactions or little or no secondary effects. Pet Reflexology is a complementary modality that is separate and different from massage. The feet of  some dogs can be very sensitive or they may be shy about being touched. Once they become used to sensitive gentle, touch they usually will respond enthusiastically to treatment.  Pet reflexology is painless . During treatment, most animals become very relaxed and can even fall asleep. In rare cases a few animals may experience some secondary effects of pins and needle sensation, cramps or numbness, or may become lethargic for 24 hours following treatment. These effects are physiological and are indicative of an improvement taking place to the animals well being.  Duration and frequency of Pet Reflexology treatment vary animal to animal. Most sessions last 30 minutes or what the dog will allow. A simple treatment for maintenance or for acute conditions can be done in 1 to 3 sessions. Chronic or severe conditions may require multiple sessions over several weeks. Positive results should be seen after the first to third session with treatments spaced out according to improvements seen. 
Registered Professional Member in good standing of the International Association of Animal Massage and Bodywork and The National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure & Massage
If you think getting a massage for your dog is still a crazy idea you need to watch this video.  If you compete in dog sports you need to watch this incredible video. After watching this video if you are planning to compete in any dog events this year and want your dog to be in top condition, or you if have a geriatric dog that needs a little more help with mobility you need to contact me for an appointment for massage for your 4 legged friend. Thank you Dog Sports for this awesome video!
Licensed Small Animal Massage Therapist State of Washington AS602390341  (current 2013) 
Certified Small Animal Massage Therapist with Certification in Maintenance Massage, Rehab Massage, and Sports Performance Massage NWSAM 2008
Certified Canine Manual Ligament Therapist NWSAM 2013
Certified Heart 2 Heart Level 1 & 2, Canine Hydrotherapist La Paw Spa 2013
Certified Veterinary Technician Pierce College 1977
​We now offer Canine Manual Ligament Therapy.  Our MLT Practitioner  became certified in April 2013 and is currently one of the few handful certified for dogs in the US for this kind of therapy.  
Northwest School of Animal Massage on Vashon Island, Wa is currently the only school in the US approved for certification in MLT (osteopathic bodywork) for dogs and horses. 

How does Manual Ligament Therapy work:

The theory is that when a ligament is damaged muscles surrounding that ligament can show excessive tension or tone in a 'guarding pattern. ' This occurs from an injury or from either acute or repetitive stress is induced.  Manual Ligament Therapy utilizes direct pressure to a specific ligament, shortening affected muscle by use of a pre-determined referral pattern. The practitioner will then provide a point of resistance from an isometric contraction of the antagonist muscle. Release of the muscle can then have a 80 to 95% reduction in tension, dysfunction and tenderness if successfull. MLT is a new form of manual therapy that is federally trademarked and patent pending. 
This technique can be offered with a massage session or separate. 
*** Please Note ***  While all modalities used offer you a choice of alternative holistic treatments, in no way are these treatments a substitute for regular and proper veterinary advise or care.  I am  not a Veterinarian,  I can not diagnose, prescribe medications ,  manipulate bony structures or perform surgery. 

Massage can not be used :On open wounds, Post operative conditions without veterinary approval, Recent fractures,  Animal that has a fever and Certain skin conditions.

1620 E. Houston Suite 100
Spokane, WA 99217
Animal Wellness
Connection, LLC

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Massage can be a wonderful and natural way to help improve your dog's pain management level, improve mobility issues and performance levels. A Practitioner can provide long lasting health benefits, both physical and psychological that will compliment traditional veterinary care. 

“Massage has so many physical and psychological benefits for your dog that you could almost call it an essential of healthcare, like grooming, feeding, and exercise.”

- Dr. Michael W. Fox
You know they need exercise, but your schedule just doesn't give you consistent time to do that. We have the solution. Sign your dog up for our CHUNKY MONKEY CLUB,  a boot camp for overweight dogs. 
Your dog will learn mentally and physically stimulating exercises that are fun for your dog.     
  An exercise program designed to specifically meet your dog's needs that will include:

        Warm water hydrotherapy pool
        Floor exercises
        Fitball workouts
        Brain games
        Weekly full body massage 
        Weekly weight and health assessment

  Create a healthier lifestyle         
  Improve mobility and balance
  Build confidence, gain and sharpen focus

Call us at 509-703-7781