Michelle Moir - Caring Canine Massage & Acupressure

The love for dogs I have started at a very young age with companion animals that were part of my family growing up. My passion for dogs came with my first dog as an adult. Together we discovered the fun of dog parks, long walks, dog agility, obedience, fly ball and herding. Over the next several years, three more dogs became family. As my love of dogs grew, so did my interest in health care, nutrition and training. Over the last fifteen years, I have attended and participated in numerous educational workshops and seminars.

Interest in canine massage came easily when one of my own dogs was in need. Impressed and convinced of the power of regular bodywork, I attained Supreme Motion’s Canine Sports Massage Certification in March 2006.

Canine Sports Massage certification was 300 hours of intense class room training with the majority of time spent working “hands on” with dogs. The curriculum included anatomy, physiology, nutrition, gait analysis, conformation evaluation, massage techniques, biomechanics of performance dogs, post injury healing, acupressure and Bach Flower Essences. Since my certification, I have also become a student of life enhancing essential oils; adding to my ability to assist in personal care for your canines every day life.

My canine massage business has grown since its start in March 2006. Currently, my clients include canine athletes, post surgical dogs, arthritic dogs and a few couch potatoes. Many of my weekends are spent at canine sporting events providing pre and post massage to canine athletes.
My approach to massage is one of more natural principles; looking at the dog as a whole. My goal is not only to provide all the benefits of massage, but to teach you, the owner, how to be proactive with your dogs health care.

The Benefits of Dog Massage

There are many reasons why your dog will benefit from massage. Here are just a few of them:
  • Reduces stress and aids in relaxation by releasing endorphins.

  • Reduces pain and swelling by increasing circulation.

  • Improves athletic performance.

  • Improves muscle tone, flexibility and range of motion.

  • Increases waste and toxin removal.

  • Prevents muscle loss in inactive muscles.

  • Encourages and supports healing.

Why Massage

Not only does massage make your dog feel good, it is good for them!
  • 60% of your dog’s body weight is muscle.

  • Muscle soreness can be the result of injury, cooling down to fast, not warming up sufficiently, structural imbalance and overuse or misuse of muscle.

  • Problems with muscles are cumulative by nature and if soreness goes unnoticed or unaddressed, it can lead to more problems in the future. Regular massage can aid in the prevention of these issues and help in the overall health of your dog.

  • As our dogs age (just like us humans) they become less flexible

Will My Dog Benefit From Massge?

Yes! Most dogs can benefit from massage. Here are some examples of symptoms that can be helped with massage or situations that massage are very helpful with:
  • Competitive athlete.

  • Companion dogs that activity jog, walk, swim or play fetch with you.

  • Dogs that only get out to run on weekends.

  • Stressed or anxious dogs.

  • Senior dogs.

  • Less active dogs.

  • Stressed or anxious dogs.

  • Dogs with arthritis, spondylosis and/or hip dysplasia.

  • Dogs with amputations.

  • Dogs with physical disabilities.

  • Dogs with amputations.

  • Dogs that have an unexplained attitude change.

  • Dogs that have difficulty bending laterally.

  • Dogs that hesitate or refuse to climb stairs or jump.

  • Dogs that stumble while walking or have shortened strides.

  • Dogs that are recovering from surgery.