Massage evening “Relax and Unwind” – how did it go?
Well that was a busy few days for us all! I did my usual library session on Friday afternoon and was feeling pretty good about myself but little did I know that there was more to come! In between social engagements I had a snooze in the car. Many thanks to Fiona – our lovely librarian – for helping Mum set up the hall ready for the relaxation and massage talk. The setting up and technical stuff made the evening run smoothly without a hitch. Although we could have had more people attend, come on Oamaru, those that did were interested and keen to learn or share their dog stories. Mums talk got some people thinking about how they could make their own hound’s life even more relaxed and predictable. The feedback was good. Sometimes its a little change that can make a huge difference. Diana – from Great Treats for Great Mates, a qualified canine myofunctional therapist – overcame her talk newbie nerves to deliver a very nice presentation about massage and why it is so important. I was the demo dog … so I cannot agree more that massage is a great way to help your hound with those niggles and tense spots. I thoroughly enjoyed providing my body for public demonstration! I do admit to being a little distracted by the table covered in the most delicious home-hand-made treats!!! Wow. You missed out there people.
Saturday morning saw Mum running about a bit like a blue arsed fly and then I was back in the car on another adventure ….. Oh Wow it was massage day! I got a full body massage ….. blaaaaaaaaa I was so relaxed I dribbled. Due to my previous life as a racing hound I have a muscle injury with scar tissue that causes my opposite leg to compensate and work more. This in turn causes that leg to be a bit over-worked and it had some muscle tightness or knots that Mum has to work on at home. My lumbar muscles (the bit between the ribs and the pelvis) have some tension too which isn’t surprising when you watch my running style, I use them a lot. All smoothed out now. Hopefully Mum can keep it that way!! I am happy to help her to practice! All the time…. every day… how about now?
We were very lucky to be using the beautiful Doggy Day Spa grooming shop as our Saturday massage session venue. Wee Diesel (one half of the spa’s 2 dog supervisor team!) went first and after a bit of shyness he relaxed. They were able to find some areas that needed further work at home so hopefully he will be more comfortable from now on. Apparently he went home and slept. Massages do that. We were all given homework! There was a German Wire Haired Pointer with cruciate trouble and some arthritis and a Miniature Poodle with a loose knee and a fear of using that leg even though there is now no pain or damage. Even if you don’t know what you are doing, putting your hands on your hound and having that contact will really help the relationship between you. Long gentle but firm strokes are recommended along the whole body length, gentle circular motions on top of the head are great as are palm circles over the cheek areas. For arthritic dogs a general stroke and rub all over helps to stimulate blood flow and relax muscles that may be tense through pain or over use.
I can thoroughly recommend a massage for the canine in your life … Diana is based in Arrowtown so check her out next time you visit with your pooch. Alternatively, Mum would love it if we could get some regular people here for her to come and see… paws n claws crossed.
In the mean time … check out Doggy Day Spa and Mates4Life websites. Both businesses are dog mad! Plus the treats that Diana makes are not only delicious but can now be bought as single biscuits at the spa.
Ciao for now I am off to the beach with my relaxed muscles….
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