I have always loved animals and when I become the owner, or rather owned, by my first Dobermann Theo, I became hooked on the canine variety, so much so that Bailey, our second Dobermann, quickly followed to join our family.
So how did I get into Canine Massage?
Theo’s breeder Dawn introduced me to Dog Shows and I soon got hooked on taking the dogs’ and competing at both Open and Championship level. Attending these shows gave me the opportunity to see lots of different breeds of dogs and their varying gaits. It was interesting to watch how a particular dog’s gait and posture could vary from show to show, and this made me wonder if certain muscles were in need of manipulation either through injury and overcompensation or perhaps just needing some massage to ease over/ under worked muscle. Having trained previously in human massage I researched how massage could improve a dogs mobility and assist with muscuskeletal issues, and came across the Diploma in Therapeutic Canine Massage, training with Natalie Lenton. The rest is history!
Both Theo and Bailey receive regular massage treatments to help prevent injury but also to treat any injuries they may sustain during activities of everyday living.
I am available to give talks to groups including Agility Clubs, Flyball Clubs, Ringcraft Clubs, Rescue Organisations etc, to help raise the awareness of how massage can benefit your dog. I also attend regular shows where I carry out FREE Muscular Health Checks, and for existing Clients a Pre-Event Warm Up and Post Event Cool Down.
I am fully qualified and insured and continue to develop my skills and knowledge of Canine Massage Therapy through the attendance of Continuous Professional Development (CPD).
I am a member of the Canine Massage Guild, a Professional Body for Canine Massage Therapists. The Guild promotes high standards and safe practice.
My Professional Training
The Diploma in Therapeutic Canine Massage with the Canine Massage Therapy Centre was an intensive two year course training in both practical skills and advanced canine anatomy and physiology, along with four types of massage – Swedish, Sports, Deep Tissue and Myofascial Release (both Direct and Indirect).
The studies which took place over 800 hours, included:
11 Home Study Modules on Canine Anatomy and Physiology including:
- The Skeletal System
- The Muscular System
- The Lymphatic System
- Massage Theory and The Law
- The Skin
- The Nervous System
- The Vascular System
- Gait Analysis Theory
- Common Orthopaedic Conditions and Soft Tissue Injuries
- Clinician Skills and Professional Ethics
- Business Awareness
During the second year in order to further my education I completed:
• 12 days of practical hands on experience in Worcestershire. This included both visiting dogs and visiting retired greyhounds at a local greyhound rehoming centre
• 8 case studies consisting of 3 treatments on each dog
Continuous Professional Development completed:
- Mad About Muscles
- Skills Review
- Presentation Skills
- Flex and Stretch for the Professional Therapist
- Advanced Deep Tissue Massage
- Canine Conditioning Foundation 2 Day Workshop
- Canine Conditioning Intermediate 2 Day Workshop
- Canine Conditioning Advanced 2 Day Workshop
Carol Collins – Founder and Owner of Affinity Canine Massage