Myofunctional therapy sessions usually last between 30min and 1 hour, depending upon the dog. The first session, will include a consultation and assessment. The actual session time with your dog for its first time may be short, until they become used to, and understand the massage. We will not force them to accept treatment, we go at their pace, so they are comfortable and able to reap the benefits.
As the session is in your own home, we will need an area that is quiet and free from distractions. We bring a table but it we will let your dog decide if they are more happy on the table or on the floor (and depends upon their size!). We like to play music which is calming and relaxing for dogs and may use aromatherapy.
Every dog is different and they all present with their own unique set of conditions and circumstances. One goal of the initial massage session is to determine an appropriate care plan for your dog. A dog with a serious health condition, chronic pain or mobility issues may benefit from massage once or twice a week. A healthy, athletic dog might need a massage once or twice a month. Every dog is different and your dog’s physical condition will change over time, so we can decide together what is necessary and appropriate.
For your dog to make the most of their session, please make sure:
** they aren't hungry but haven't eaten al large meal 2 hours prior to the session
** if they are able to exercise, have been for a short walk and have been allowed to go to the toilet
** have a quiet area available, free from distractions, including other pets
Many dogs will be tired after a therapy session, allow them access to clean water and to have a rest. Depending on the type of treatment, your dog may be slightly sore (just like us after a good massage). Many dogs have great results after one massage, some may need a few or even regular treatments.
Any form of touch will strengthen the bond between you and your dog. We are happy to demonstrate some basic techniques that can be performed at home. However, there are some techniques which should only be performed by a qualified therapist to avoid injuries.
Please send us a message or give us a call with any further questions you may have.