Massage Basics Classes & why massage is so beneficial for your pets

By April 17, 2015Uncategorized


Gretchen at Triple Dog Pet Services will be offering 90-minute classes ($50 per person) beginning Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 at the Kirkland Store. She will share some of her favorite techniques to help your dog maintain health and relaxation. To Register or If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Gretchen at

We’re all looking forward to meeting you and working with your animals!

Why is massage important for your pet?

(from Gretchen at Triple Dog Pet Services)

Our animals are made of the same stuff as we are — blood, bone, muscles, organs — and like us they benefit from touch or body work in the same ways we do. A focused massage, swim, and/or acupressure session can help relive muscle tension, aide healing from injuries, or speed up recovery from surgery or trauma. Body work can aid digestion, balance the flow of Chi (life force), reduce pain and swelling, and improve joint flexibility and proprioception. Regular sessions can decrease muscle spasms, nourish the skin and coat, and increase mobility for aging and arthritic animals.

In my practice, I use many modalities to help bring the body back into homeostasis (balance) by supporting the body’s natural healing abilities. I am licensed by Washington State as a Small Animal Massage Practitioner (SAMP) and have my certification in Small Animal Acupressure as well. I work both in client’s homes offering massage and acupressure sessions, and at the Aqua Dog Spa (in Kent) and Splash Dog Spa (in Edmonds) providing swim and massage therapy.

Currently, I’m studying other modalities as well — Manual Ligament Therapy through the Northwest School of Animal Massage and Indirect Functional Techniques with Patricia Kortekaas in Eugene, Oregon. During each session, I work with the human and animal client to assess which modality may be the most beneficial to help the dog (or cat) overcome illness, recover from surgery, or maintain their level of health as they age. I love my work and I love sharing what I know with my animal clients and their guardians.

This is why I am so excited to be teaming up with Natural Pet Pantry (NPP). With their commitment to quality nutrition, their high standard of integrity, and their never-ending quest to stay informed on the latest research NPP always puts the health of the animal at the forefront of their business model.




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