Holistic Touch Therapy School of Dog Massage

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 presents and explains a number of fundamental concepts to provide a foundation for performing canine massage. It is important to understand and carefully consider the benefits and the indications and contraindications of massage before massaging a dog. Appropriate settings, body mechanics and record keeping (SOAP notes) are discussed. Narrated videos highlight how to greet and evaluate a dog before massage.
  • Descriptions of the surface features of the dog are accompanied by instructive illustrations. Then two categories of massage techniques, Passive Touch and Effleurage are discussed. The benefit, purpose and appropriate regions to apply each stroke are discussed. Two Passive Touch strokes that calm and warm the dog and six Effleurage strokes that skim the surface, increase circulation and prepare the dog for deeper work are presented. The influence of Passive Touch and Effleurage strokes on sensory thermoreceptors and mechanoreceptors is discussed. Each stroke is demonstrated in a narrated video.
  • Five Petrissage and two Compression massage strokes are presented in Module 9. The benefit, purpose and appropriate regions to apply each stroke are discussed. Petrissage strokes increase circulation and mobilize toxins while rhythm, pressure and duration of Compression strokes can be modified to relax or stimulate a dog. The influence of Petrissage and Compression strokes on sensory thermoreceptors and mechanoreceptors is discussed. Each stroke is demonstrated in a narrated video.
  • Friction turns up the heat to warm tissues, increase circulation and much more. The presentation describes and distinguishes between five Linear Friction and two Cross-Fiber Friction strokes. The benefit, purpose and appropriate regions to apply each stroke are presented. Module 10 considers the influence of Friction strokes on sensory thermoreceptors and mechanoreceptors is discussed. Each stroke is demonstrated in a narrated video.
  • Percussion massage strokes invigorate nerve endings to stimulate and heighten awareness. Seven percussion strokes are described and their different uses are discussed. The benefit, purpose and appropriate regions to apply each stroke are presented. The influence of Percussion strokes on sensory thermoreceptors and mechanoreceptors is discussed. Each stroke is demonstrated in a narrated video.
  • Stretching elongates muscles increasing flexibility, range of motion and elasticity. Two Passive Stretches and three Active Stretches are presented and their differences contrasted. The benefit, purpose and appropriate regions to apply each stroke are discussed. The influence of Friction strokes on sensory thermoreceptors and mechanoreceptors is discussed. Each stroke is demonstrated in a video. A narrated video demonstrating a brief whole dog massage concludes the program.
  • Module 1 provides the basic knowledge of the benefits of touch and massage. The effects of massage on each of the eleven organ systems of the canine body are considered. Finally, the specific terms used to describe the parts of the canine body and their relationship to each other are discussed. This terminology allows you to easily converse with your veterinarian and other dog fanciers. The information in Module 1 is essential groundwork before you massage a dog.
  • Dr. Sue teaches several basic Swedish massage strokes in Module 2, and the benefits of each stroke are examined. The totally positive interaction between you and your pet peaks as you practice each of the strokes on several appropriate areas of your pet. The moves 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.
  • The two hour Petting With a Purpose for Flexibility webinar presents massage moves that enhance the mobility, comfort level, and the quality of life of a dog. Flexibility is defined as the range of motion of joints or the ability of joints to move freely. The benefits and importance of passive and active stretches are presented as well as several massage moves that prepare the dog for stretching. The stretches and massage moves taught are beneficial for a dog that is fit and for one that is physically compromised by conditions that limit free movement of his joints. Upon successful completion of the course a student receives a certificate of completion that indicates mastery of Petting With a Purpose for Flexibility.
  • Part 1 of this two part program explains the types, causes, symptoms, commonly affected joints, and treatments of canine arthritis. X-rays of normal and arthritic hips and elbows illustrate the anatomic changes caused by arthritis. In Part 2, several Swedish massage strokes are taught and their beneficial effects are discussed. There are videos of each massage move and a massage routine that can be played as often as a student wishes. Upon successful completion of the course, a certificate of completion indicating mastery of the material in Petting with a Purpose to Ease Arthritis Pain is awarded.

 
 
 
Holistic Touch Therapy School of Dog Massage
Improving the quality of life of dogs with pet massage.

HTT canine massage classes~
C. Sue Furman, Ph.D. offers certificate dog massage programs. Take webinar classes on demand on the internet or learn onsite with Sue and her wolfhounds at her facility in Illinois. Sue teaches proven Swedish and Sports massage techniques based on a strong foundation of canine anatomy and physiology. Students learn how each massage stroke affects the dog's internal systems to increase comfort and promote healing.
 
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