A way to help your pet live their best life is to switch from just petting and rubbing your pet to massaging them, according to Vicki Draper, a licensed massage practitioner, certified acupressurist and Reiki/Master teacher for people and animals.
What’s the difference between just petting your pet and massaging your pet?
Massage for your pets has the same great benefits it does for people, Draper related in a press release. These benefits include:
• Increases blood circulation,
• boosts immune system,
• reduces cortisol,
• decreases stress, anxiety and depression,
• decreases back, neck, shoulder, hip and joint pain.
Draper teaches Basic Animal Massage class at the Natural Pet Pantry in Kirkland, WA. Participants receive hands-on training and take home a 10-minute maintenance massage routine to do for wellness with their cats and dogs. To reserve your spot, click
For those unable to make the live class, here’s an online Animal Wellness Ear Massage Video Series:
While the above series is not free, we also found the following two videos that are: