Canine Massage Classes & Registration


Examples of Massage Techniques

Passive Stretching
Stretching - passive

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Percussion - cupping
Percussion - cupping

Petrissage – thumb gliding
Petrissage – thumb gliding

Friction – fire starter
Friction – fire starter

Holistic Touch Therapy offers massage and acupressure classes for competitive, working, and recreational canine athletes. These modalities can stimulate the canine competitor, energize the working dog, invigorate the couch potato and promote fitness in all dogs. Massage and acupressure can also comfort and encourage healing in a sick or injured dog, relax the stressed or anxious dog, and build confidence in the shy, abused, neglected or rescued dog.

Both on-site and online classes are designed to produce massage and acupressure graduates able to:

  • Evaluate:
    • canine locomotion for irregularities
    • range of motion
    • muscle texture
    • muscle and joint areas that require work
  • Perform canine massage to:
    • relax and reduce stress
    • address physical problems
    • enhance the comfort level of animals with chronic disabilities
    • promote healing in injured or ill animals
  • Start a successful business or add massage or acupressure to existing skills

Holistic Touch Therapy offers massage and acupressure classes for competitive, working, and recreational canine athletes. These modalities can stimulate the canine competitor, energize the working dog, invigorate the couch potato and promote fitness in all dogs. Massage and acupressure can also comfort and encourage healing in a sick or injured dog, relax the stressed or anxious dog, and build confidence in the shy, abused, neglected or rescued dog.

Massage Classes

Onsite Massage Classes — Sue Furman presents onsite massage classes using a combination of PowerPoint™ lectures and demonstrations of massage strokes, interactive discussions with students and personal critiques of student hands-on mastery of massage strokes. A certificate of completion is awarded. Class size is limited. Classes taught at Sue’s Wolfchase facility include complimentary coffee, tea, bottled water and lunch.

Online Massage Classes — Sue presents lively 60 minute PowerPoint™ lectures that make you think you are sitting in a class room with her as you listen to her explain the material. These classes include downloadable handouts, video clips of each massage move, reading assignments, tests that are immediately graded online and a certificate of completion is awarded upon passing all 12 modules.

A copy of Sue's book, Balance Your Dog: Canine Massage is provided upon registration for an on-site or online class to begin the Canine Massage Theory and Techniques program in pursuit of certification as a Canine Massage Practitioner.


Introductory Massage Classes

New 2013 Classes Available Soon!


Petting with a Purpose I — This 4 hour class is especially designed for those interested in learning massage to add a new level of care for the pet that shares their life. Students learn why massage is so powerful and how it benefits the health of a dog. Several basic Swedish massage strokes are taught and their specific beneficial effects are discussed. Students practice each of the strokes on several appropriate areas of a dog. Performed on their pets, the moves will maintain muscle tone and flexibility in a healthy dog and comfort or encourage healing in a dog with an acute or chronic condition. Learn to rub your dog the right way. You will both enjoy it and your human-canine bond will become stronger. A certificate of completion is awarded to signify mastery of Petting with a Purpose I material.

Petting with a Purpose II — This 4 hour class is a continuation of Petting with a Purpose I. Several new techniques are demonstrated and their specific beneficial effects are discussed. Students learn to choreograph a full body massage for their pet using the strokes learned in Petting with a Purpose I and II. A certificate of completion is awarded to signify mastery of Petting with a Purpose I material.



Intermediate Massage Classes

On-site and online Intermediate Massage Classes are based on the material in the 12 modules of the online class that are described below.

Onsite Intermediate Massage Classes require a deposit to be paid. The balance of the tuition is due three weeks in advance of the course to allow time for a student to receive material required for pre-course work.

Online Intermediate Massage Classes can be paid for in full or purchased in units of a few modules at a time.

Canine Massage Theory and Techniques – In the Canine Massage Theory and Techniques Program, Dr. C. Sue Furman presents a comprehensive view of how the touch of massage affects the body, mind and spirit of the dog. The first six dynamic PowerPoint™ presentations (Modules 1-6) stress and clearly teach how the eleven organ systems of the dog's body perceive, respond to, and heal with massage. In Modules 7-12 the groundwork necessary to prepare for a successful massage session is outlined, and the application and appropriate use of more than 30 Swedish massage strokes is described. How each stroke interacts with sensory receptors to encourage relaxation and healing of the dog's body, mind and spirit is discussed.

Online Class — A video of each massage stroke demonstrates how and where to perform the technique. Sue’s book, Balance Your Dog: Canine Massage is provided.

Modules   1 -   3    $  300
Modules   4 -   6    $  300
Modules   7 -   9    $  300
Modules 10 - 12    $  300

Modules   1 - 12    $1200


         



Onsite Hands-on 6 Day Class — Sue's book, Balance Your Dog: Canine Massage and other class materials are provided.

Approved NCBTMB 48 CE

Modules of the Canine Massage Theory and Techniques Program — Canine Massage Theory and Techniques Program, presents a comprehensive view of how the touch of massage affects the body, mind and spirit of the dog and how to perform over 30 Swedish massage strokes. The twelve lively 60 minute online PowerPoint™ modules are separated in two sections that emphasize the two themes of the program: Modules 1-6 focus on the anatomy and physiology of the dog and Modules 7-12 presents the basics of a massage session and how to perform over 30 massage moves and the appropriate areas on the dog to use them.


 

Module 1 – Canine Massage and the Body in Balance
The Dog in Balance
Body, Mind & Spirit

Module 1 – Canine Massage and the Body in Balance
Touch of any type has an effect on a dog's body and initiates feelings of comfort, euphoria, pain or any of a host of other sensations. Instinctive or spontaneous touch characterized by a mother licking and nudging her pups supplies contact necessary for proper social and physical development. Self-licking, another form of spontaneous touch, is a ready self remedy for aches and injuries. Intentional touch or massage can supply many of the same benefits and more. A discussion of the 11 body systems highlights functions, sensory receptors and the effects of massage on the body.

 

Module 2 – Canine Massage and the Nervous System
Nerves Communication

Module 2 – Canine Massage and the Nervous System
The nervous system, the master controlling system of the body, provides rapid communication between all body parts to keep the body in balance. This class explains how the nervous system works with emphasis on its communication with the integumentary and muscular systems. Sensory receptors that monitor changes in the internal and external environments are explained. Special attention is given to the influences of sensory exteroceptors and how proper stimulation can calm, decrease stress, decrease anxiety, soothe pain & encourage healing or stimulate the dog for work or competition.

 

Module 3 – Canine Massage and the Integumentary System
Skin - The Body's Wrapper

Module 3 – Canine Massage and the Integumentary System
Canine Massage and the Integumentary System covers the basic structure and functions of the skin and its appendages. Skin is the largest organ in the body and contains 5 million sensory receptors. Special attention is paid to the types of receptors present and the effect of massage on them. A discussion of the many types of canine coats, also considers the influence of coat type on massage.

 

Module 4 – Canine Massage and the Skeletal System
Skeleton - The Dog's Frame

Module 4 – Canine Massage and the Skeletal System
Canine Massage and the Skeletal System deals with the function of cartilage and the 321 bones of the canine skeletal system. Bone, the axial, appendicular and splanchnic components of the skeletal system, joints and ligaments are described and discussed. Bone, joint and ligament sensory receptors are considered and the roles they play in canine function and canine massage are stressed.

 

Module 5 – Canine Massage and the Muscular System
Muscles - Body Movers

Module 5 – Canine Massage and the Muscular System
The canine muscular system produces movement, stabilizes joints, maintains posture and generates heat. The online presentation, Canine Massage and the Muscular System, describes these functions compares the three types of muscle tissue, their characteristics, structure and functions. This class also explains how muscle cells interact with the circulatory and nervous systems to produce smooth integrated movement. The importance of the powerful influence of massage on the muscular system is also addressed.

 

Module 5 – Canine Massage and the Muscular System
Module 5 – Canine Massage and the Muscular System
Circulatory System
Delivers the goods
Removes the wastes
Lymphatic System
Clean-up detail

Module 6 – Canine Massage and the Circulatory & Lymphatic Systems

Canine Massage and the Circulatory & Lymphatic Systems explains how every cell in the dog's body relies on the circulatory system to deliver oxygen and nutrients and remove wastes and toxins. The lymphatic system also removes wastes, toxins and debris and defends the body from disease. Learn how interoceptors in both systems can be stimulated by a warm hand (massage stroke). The results can dramatically increase circulation, decrease the workload of the heart and even encourage drainage of swollen lymph nodes and more.

 

Module 7 – Introduction to Canine Massage Techniques
Dr. C. Sue Furman and some of her friends. Spend quality time with your dogs. It enriches the massage experience.

Module 7 – Introduction to Canine Massage Techniques

Introduction to Massage Techniques explains:

  • the benefits of massage to the dog
  • indications and contraindications for massage
  • setting the stage for massage
  • considerations before you begin

 

Module 8 – Canine Massage Techniques: Passive Touch & Effleurage
Two-handed effleurage is truly Petting with a Purpose

Module 8 – Canine Massage Techniques: Passive Touch & Effleurage

Passive touch:

  • calm and warm the dog
  • resting position – invading a dog's space
  • warming passive touch to soothe & heal

Effleurage – skim the surface of the dog with these strokes:

  • prepare for deeper work
  • increase circulation

 

Module 9 – Canine Massage Techniques: Pestrissage & Compression
Thumb glide to find tight spots and release muscle tension.

Module 9 – Canine Massage Techniques: Pestrissage & Compression

Petrissage:

  • knead out the toxins
  • increases circulation
  • mobilizes toxins

Compression:

  • press the issue
  • relaxing compression
  • stimulating compression

 

Module 10 – Canine Massage Techniques: Friction
Fire starter can light a fire in a dog's lower limbs by warming ligaments and muscles.

Module 10 – Canine Massage Techniques: Friction

Friction turns up the heat to warm tissues, increase circulation and much more.
Linear friction and cross-fiber friction play important roles in canine massage.

 

Module 11 – Canine Massage Techniques: Percussion
Cupping loosens phlegm and congestion in the lungs.

Module 11 – Canine Massage Techniques: Percussion

Percussion invigorates nerve endings to stimulate and heighten awareness.
Different percussion strokes serve different functions.

 

Module 12 – Canine Massage Techniques: Stretch
Passive stretching can be performed on a standing or reclining dog.

Module 12 – Canine Massage Techniques: Stretch

Stretching elongates muscles increasing flexibility, range of motion and elasticity.
Passive and active stretches reduce the risk of injury to a dog.

Canine Anatomy (CMTT Modules 1-6) covers the material presented in the first half of the Canine Massage Theory and Techniques Program. The online class has six dynamic PowerPoint™ presentations that stress and clearly teach how the organ systems of the dog's body perceive and respond to touch. The goal of massage is to restore and maintain health and balance in the eleven organ systems of the body thus it is imperative to understand their anatomy and physiology.

Online Class

Modules 1 - 3    $300
Modules 4 - 6    $300

Modules 1 - 6    $600



      



Onsite Hands-on 3 Day Class:   $600

Approved NCBTMB 24 CE

Canine Massage Preparation and Techniques (Modules 7-12) In this class, the six PowerPoint™ presentations (Modules 7-12) explain the groundwork necessary to prepare for a successful massage session, and the application and appropriate use of more than 30 Swedish massage strokes is described. In Modules 7-12 the groundwork necessary to prepare for a successful massage session is outlined, and the application and appropriate use of more than 30 Swedish massage strokes is described. How each stroke interacts with sensory receptors to encourage relaxation and healing of the dog's body, mind and spirit is discussed. In addition, a video of each massage stroke demonstrates how and where to perform the technique.

Online Class

Modules   7 -   9    $300
Modules 10 - 12    $300

Modules   7 - 12    $600



      



Onsite Hands-on 3 Day Class   $600

Approved NCBTMB 24 CE

NOTE: These onsite classes are being held near Dr. Furman's new residence in Victoria, Texas. The classes will be taught in the Texas Zoo's air conditioned educational facility (www.texaszoo.org). Two wonderful Great Pyrenees that spend their days in the zoo offices will be assisting Dr. Furman.

Class Dates: September 27-29, 2013

Make Deposit:       $300
Pay Balance Due: $300
Pay in Full:            $600

Canine Massage Preparation and Techniques, 3 Days, Session 1

Foundation for Canine Massage (Modules 1-7) The six dynamic PowerPoint™ presentations (Modules 1-7) stress and clearly teach how the organ systems of the dog's body perceive, respond to, and heal with massage. As a bonus, a seventh PowerPoint™ presentation explains the groundwork necessary to prepare for a successful massage session.

Online Class

Modules 1 - 3    $300
Modules 4 - 7    $300

Modules 1 - 7    $600


       



Onsite Hands-on 3 Day Class:    $600

Approved NCBTMB 24 CE

Canine Massage Techniques (Modules 7-12) Module 7 is reviewed to cover the groundwork necessary to prepare for a successful massage session. Five dynamic PowerPoint™ presentations explain the application and appropriate use of more than 30 Swedish massage strokes. These modules also explain how each stroke interacts with sensory receptors to encourage relaxation and healing of the dog's body, mind and spirit. A video of each massage stroke demonstrates how and where to perform the technique.

Online Class
Approved NCBTMB 20 CE




Onsite Hands-on 3 Day Class:   $600

Approved NCBTMB 24 CE

NOTE: These onsite classes are being held near Dr. Furman's new residence in Victoria, Texas. The classes will be taught in the Texas Zoo's air conditioned educational facility (www.texaszoo.org). Two wonderful Great Pyrenees that spend their days in the zoo offices will be assisting Dr. Furman.

Class Dates: September 27-29, 2013

Make Deposit:       $300
Pay Balance Due: $300
Pay in Full:            $600

Canine Massage Techniques
3 Days, Session 2


Advanced Massage Classes

New 2013 Classes Available Soon!


Massage for Seniors
Massage for Dogs with Behavioral Problems
Massage for Common Canine Physiological Problems
Sports Massage
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