Types of Therapies

Applied therapies can help to ease physical and mental health, recovery and rehabilitation. Because each dog responds differently, I often combine therapeutic techniques during a session (at no extra cost) to get the best results for your dog.

Therapeutic massage

Rehabilitation and Strengthening

Phototherapy

Acupressure 

Reiki

I am also trained in equine phototherapy, acupressure and reiki.

 
 
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PHOTOTHERAPY

Effective in accelerating the healing process

Red and infrared light therapy is proven to be effective in accelerating natural healing of the body, reducing swelling and inflammation, stimulating the immune system and relieving pain. As well as being a treatment on its own, I often incorporate light therapy into other treatment sessions, such as acupressure or canine therapeutic massage, to get the best results.

 

Phototherapy has broad treatment applications:

  • wounds and other injuries can heal faster

  • chronic conditions can be managed without the over-use of pain and anti-inflammatory medication

CANINE REHABILITATION AND STRENGTHENING

Improving recovery and function

Rehabilitation is very important for a dog’s recovery. The best results are seen when rehabilitation treatment begins in the early stages following an injury, or immediately after surgery.  

 

The general aim is to:

  • enhance the animal’s wellbeing

  • speed up recovery times and to restore proper function to the body

  • act as a preventative for further disease or injury to occur

 

Rehabilitation and strengthening advice and exercises are included with canine Merishia massage. You can also book dog walks that incorporate strengthening exercises.

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THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE

A beneficial treatment for all dogs, regardless of age or breed

Massage therapy has both physical and mental benefits; it can relieve muscular tension, boost immunity and help to rid the body of toxins. Massage has also been found to calm the nervous system which promotes relaxation and releases endorphins. 

 

Therapeutic massage combines traditional gentle massage techniques for superficial and deep release of muscle tension with gentle mobilisation to help performance and mobility.  It encourages healing, which may help dogs recover faster and more fully following injury or surgery.

I include a movement assessment in each massage session to evaluate any restrictions, tight muscles and areas of compensation.

Regular treatments are highly beneficial for dogs who are:

• recovering from injury or surgery

• elderly

• suffering from stiff and tight joints

• usually hypersensitive to other treatments

• competition dogs

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ACUPRESSURE

Correcting imbalances caused by physical or emotional disharmony

Acupressure and acupuncture have been used to support the health and wellbeing of animals and people for over 4,000 years. Acupressure is a gentle treatment for pets of all sizes, from budgies to horses, and is ideal for animals who are hypersensitive to other therapies. 

During treatment I apply light-pressure to the acu-points, restoring a harmonious flow of chi throughout the body, correcting any imbalances caused by physical or emotional disharmony.  

 

The effects of acupressure have been shown to:

• Release endorphins helping to reduce pain

• Release muscle spasm

• Remove toxins and increase blood supply to help the healing process

• Enhance mental clarity to allow focus in training and performance

• Release natural cortisone to reduce swelling

• Build the body’s immune system

 

REIKI

Stimulating the body's own ability to heal

Reiki is a light-touch energy therapy for animals of all sizes – and people, too. It aims to alleviate pain and discomfort, improve immunity and stimulate the body's own ability to heal from physical and emotional symptoms. Energy healing is targeted at boosting immunity and activating the parasympathetic nervous system to de-stress the body, and enable each of the body’s systems to function in harmony with each other.

 

The effects of reiki have been shown to:

• Enhance overall well-being

• Strengthen the immune system 

• Speed up the healing process for animals recovering from sickness, injury or surgery 

• Promote relaxation and reduce stress 

• Resolve behavioural problems

• Relieve pain

• Provide comfort for the terminally ill 

 

Although I work primarily with animals, I also practise reiki for humans. Reiki can be effective for stress, emotional turmoil, fatigue, insomnia – or simply to leave you feeling refreshed and recharged with added courage to face the challenges that life throws at you.

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