When we have tight muscles, are recovering from an injury, or simply just need to relax we can take ourselves off for a massage. As humans, it’s widely accepted that therapeutic massage loosens up our muscle tissues so that tension can be released and the movement and health of our joints can improve. Therapeutic massage has sat alongside conventional medical approaches for humans for many years.
Now imagine this is your dog we are talking about. We all know how painful an injured or tight muscle can be - the same is true for dogs. Just like for us, therapeutic canine massage can:
- Assist with recovery from injury
- Reduce pain and anxiety
- Provide maintenance for ongoing conditions such as arthritis
- Improve range of motion and flexibility
Helen Morphew, owner of Auckland Canine Massage provides therapeutic massage for dogs of all shapes and sizes, ages and breeds. Helen has massaged dogs in pain, geriatric dogs, post-surgery, shelter dogs, pampered pooches and many more. Currently the only nationally certified practitioner in New Zealand, Helen works closely with several Veterinarians and has clinics across Auckland.
“Basel had his first massage at the end of May and it was been incredible to watch his continued improvement. Helen is amazing with Basel and after just two sessions he was moving better and not stiff and moving tentatively after a walk in the park.”
Therapeutic massage feels different to a dog than normal petting. Some may take a while to settle into their massage whereas others take to it like a duck to water. Often they will move around mid- session, have a drink, a shake or a stretch. Sometimes their minds are so active that they need to chew something while they are receiving the massage and it's only afterwards that they truly relax.
Helen has a fast-growing client base, approximately 45% of her clients visit her for relief from arthritic pain and another 30% seek her expertise for recovery from injury and / or surgery.
Sessions last for an hour or 30 minutes and Helen has learned to read each dog, their personality and their signals, and then adapt to them - to go at their pace and let them get comfortable with what she is doing in their own time.
“I love my work, it’s fantastic to see the effect the dogs get from massage, and to hear the hugely positive feedback from the owners”.
Helen operates out of three clinics across Auckland, and also provides home visits.