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An introduction to canine massage for dog owners

  • Ashford Village Hall Greaves Lane, Ashford in the Water Bakewell DE45 1QB United Kingdom (map)

This fun, hands-on workshop for both owners and their dogs includes both practical and informative, theory-based content and is intended to introduce both handler and their dogs to the benefits of Galen Canine Myotherapy and canine massage from an owners perspective.

Galen Canine Myotherapy can be highly effective in supporting your dog’s performance, well-being and recovery throughout all of their life’s stages - from pre and post-event preparation to improve or maintain performance in sporting and working dogs, to post-op recuperation, musculoskeletal issues such as osteoarthritis and hip-dysplasia, lameness and injury.

The treatment utilises advanced, clinical massage amongst other rehabilitation techniques to manage chronic pain, reduce inflammation and support a range of canine musculoskeletal issues.

Through the course of the workshop you will be introduced to the following:

  • Galen Canine Myotherapy and how it can be used to support your dog’s performance, well-being and recovery throughout all of their life’s stages.

  • The importance of good overall muscle health, muscular imbalance and compensation, and importantly, how compensation affects your dog.

  • Basic canine anatomy and physiology in terms of what’s happening under the dog’s skin; the canine structure, muscular imbalance and how massage can positively influence this.

  • A range of musculoskeletal and mobility conditions that can be supported by the treatment along with their impact on the dog’s quality of life and overall health – both physiologically and psychologically.

  • The links between pain and your dog’s behaviour, and how to spot some of the indicators of chronic pain.

  • Practical demonstration and individual instruction on how to use three massage techniques on your own dog with age-appropriate application guidelines.

Ashford-in-the-Water is a small, picturesque village on the river Wye, just north of Bakewell in the Derbyshire Peak District. The village offers stunning riverside walks, dog-friendly tea rooms and pubs.