WORKSHOPS

Wondered whether you can help your dog in between clinical massage sessions?

Want to learn how to effectively warm up and cool down your agility or sporting dog?

Interested in learning how to spot signs your dog may be harbouring soft tissue injuries?

Then take a look at my one day workshops.

Please read my terms and conditions before booking. You can click and book below via Paypal but please contact me with your email address so I can send you joining instructions. I can also take BACS payments, contact me for details

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BEGINNERS GUIDE TO CANINE MASSAGE
£90 - 1 DAY COURSE

Beginners Guide to Canine Massage is an easy and enjoyable introduction into how dog massage can help your best friend at home. By the end of this 1 Day Workshop you will be able to give your dog a Full Body 40 Minute Swedish Massage to help loosen stiff, sore, tight muscles, improve their comfort levels and their sense of wellbeing.

This is an informative, yet relaxed day that you and your dog will both benefit from. In the morning you will be learning about how you can spot sub clinical i.e. not always obvious ways, that your dog may show signs of pain. You will also have stroll under your dogs skin using the main bony landmarks in a guided anatomy Dot to Dot session. This will be used in the following session to locate your dogs main muscle groups. You will also learn some of the subtle signs that your dog is holding a muscular injury.

In the afternoon session I will show you the basic techniques you need to use in a full body Swedish massage routine. You will have guided practice in each technique and then we will put this together into a full routine  that you can take home with you, practise and “play” with to use to give your dog their unique massage routine

You’ll also learn how to help identify lifestyle issues that could be causing or exacerbating mobility issues with your dog. Hundreds of dog owners, like you, have been taught how to help their own dog at home, relieve stiffness and help with orthopaedic conditions such as Arthritis and Hip Dysplasia.

You don’t need to have any previous massage skills in order to do this workshop, just the willingness and enthusiasm to enjoy the day!

FAQs

How much does it cost?
£90, payable in advance. Your place is not secured until I have received payment.

Where are the workshops held?
I will be holding workshops at venues around the country. Brackenfield Church Hall will be one location, others to be announced. Please check the Shop for listings and dates. If you would like to see one in your area then let me know and I can try and arrange it. If you are a private club or group who have a suitable venue and would like to arrange one then please get in touch to discuss it.

What time do they start?
It is an all day event, running from 9.30-4.30. I will start at 9.30 prompt so please come earlier to get yourself and your dog settled.

Do I bring my own dog?
You will need to bring a dog to work on, and it is best that it is one who knows you and trusts you.

What will my dog need?
Bring a soft, comfy bed, preferably flat, vet bed or something for your dog to lie on. A water bowl and food if need be. Their lead and collar, and you might want to put a coat on them if you have a long drive home so that they can stay warm.

What should I wear/ bring?
You will be on the floor (unless otherwise arranged) so you should wear stretchy, comfortable trousers. You will also have your shoes off so you might want to bring some cosy socks too. I know I get cold feet! Bring a cushion so you can have something to sit on. The dogs bed is for them…

Do I bring lunch?
Yes, please bring something for lunchtime, I can't guarantee heating opportunities. I will supply tea, coffee and biscuits for the breaks.

Does this 1 day workshop qualify me to work on other people's dogs?
Categorically NO. You would need to apply to the Canine Massage Therapy Centre to enrol on their 2 year Clinical Canine Massage Practitioner Programme.

You can check availability and select the date when you commence booking (dates and locations coming soon)

This workshop may qualify for CPD hours if you are a canine professional, please check with your regulator.

PRE & POST EVENT MASSAGE FOR THE AGILITY AND SPORTING DOG
£90 - 1 DAY COURSE

Whether your sport is Agility, Obedience, Canicross, Gun Dog work, Flyball, Sledding, Showing, Heelwork to Music, Working Trials or if you just go running with your dog etc, then this is the class for you!

The majority of human sports people both amateur and professional, use massage as a complementary, indeed necessary part of their fitness regime…and your sporting/agility/show dog is no  different in needing a complementary massage that can prepare them for competition, shows etc and bring their body and mind back to a level of homeostasis after exercise/competition.

 Massage is an important way to maintain fitness, stability and strength in your sporting dogs muscular system. Very active dogs will accrue muscular and hormonal stress, tightness and fatigue that can inhibit performance and recovery times. Knowing how to warm up your dog and cool them down after events or prolonged activity will be of great benefit.

Learning ways to look after your dogs muscular system so they can have a long, safe career in their sporting discipline and recognising signs that your dog might be harbouring a muscular injury is covered on this one day workshop.

This is an informative, yet relaxing day that you and your dog will both benefit from. In the morning you will be learning about how you can spot sub clinical i.e. not always obvious ways, that your dog may show signs of pain. You will also have stroll under your dogs skin using the main bony landmarks in a guided anatomy Dot to Dot session. This will be used in the following session to locate your dogs main muscle groups. You will also learn some of the subtle signs that your dog is holding a muscular injury.

In the afternoon, we will then work through the following:-

  • Pre Event Warm up
    Apply a full pre event full body massage to enhance your dogs performance, improve range of motion (ROM) and reduce the likelihood of injury and fatigue

  • Post Event Cool Down
    Apply a full post event cool down massage to help move the metabolic by products of exercise through the system to reduce stiffness and delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)

  • Massage Maintenance at home
    Learn how to mix up your massage techniques from earlier in the day with this little added bonus, a relaxation inducing massage beneficial for the body and the mind

  • You’ll also learn how to help identify lifestyle issues that could be causing or exacerbating mobility issues with your dog. So many dog owners, like you, have been taught how to help their own dog at home, relieve stiffness and help with orthopaedic conditions such as Arthritis and Hip Dysplasia.

  • You don’t need to have any previous massage skills in order to do this workshop, just the willingness and enthusiasm to enjoy the day!



  • How much does it cost?
    £90, payable in advance. Your place is not secured until I have received payment.

  • Where are the workshops held?
    I will be holding workshops at venues around the country. Brackenfield Church Hall will be one location, others to be announced. Please check the Shop for listings and dates. If you would like to see one in your area then let me know and I can try and arrange it. If you are a private club or group who have a suitable venue and would like to arrange one then please get in touch to discuss it.

  • What time do they start?
    It is an all day event, running from 9.30-4.30. I will start at 9.30 so come earlier to get yourself and your dog settled.

  • Do I bring my own dog?
    You will need to bring a dog to work on, and it is best that it is one who knows you and trusts you.

  • What will my dog need?
    Bring a soft, comfy bed, preferably flat, vet bed or something for your dog to lie on. A water bowl and food if need be. Their lead and collar and you might want to put a coat on them if you have a long drive home so that they can stay warm.

  • What should I wear/ bring?
    You will be on the floor (unless otherwise arranged) so you should wear stretchy, comfortable trousers. You will also have your shoes off so you might want to bring some cosy socks too. I know I get cold feet! Bring a cushion so you can have something to sit on. The dogs bed is for them…

  • Do I bring lunch?
    Yes, please bring something for lunchtime, I can't guarantee heating opportunities. I will supply tea, coffee and biscuits for the breaks.

  • Does this 1 day workshop qualify me to work on other people's dogs?
    Categorically NO. You would need to apply to the Canine Massage Therapy Centre to enrol on their 2 year Clinical Canine Massage Practitioner Programme.

  • You can check availability and select the date when you commence booking

  • This workshop may qualify for CPD hours, please check with your regulator.

This workshop is licenced by the Canine Massage Therapy Centre and accredited by UK Rural Skills.