Petrissage Massage Therapy, Inc.
Professional Therapeutic Massage for Animals and their People
Frequently Asked Questions

Where do massage therapy sessions take place?

What kind of information does the therapist need to know about my animal?

What should I expect during the first session?

What if my animal doesn't tolerate massage? Do I still have to pay for a full session?

Can I be present while my animal is receiving massage?

Can I do anything to improve results between sessions?

Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?

What about me? Aren't you a human massage therapist too?

Where do massage therapy sessions take place?

Sessions can take place in a variety of locations. Most often, sessions occur in the client's home as the animal is most comfortable there and will often allow for longer periods of uninterrupted work. With permission from a business owner, sessions can also occur at your animal's veterinary office, doggie daycare, groomer or other such establishment.

What kind of information does the therapist need to know about my animal?

The following are a few important things that will help the therapist most effectively tailor the session to your animal's needs:

  • Reason for seeking massage therapy
  • Any medical issues or recent pertinent medical history (surgery, injury, illness, etc.)
  • Any medications or supplements
  • Any behavioral issues
  • Age, gender, species and breed
  • Normal activity level
  • Recent changes in activity/energy level or behavior

See the client forms page to download and print the client intake form for your animal.

What should I expect during the first session?

During the first session (and sometimes the first few sessions), your animal may only tolerate a few minutes of massage at a time. This is perfectly normal and expected. At no time will an animal be forced to continue with the treatment if they appear uncomfortable or agitated. For the most part, the animal determines how the treatment proceeds. After a few treatments, most animals enjoy the work and will gladly endure longer, more in depth treatments.

What if my animal doesn't tolerate massage? Do I still have to pay for a full session?

The therapist will do all that she can to make your animal comfortable and to provide a therapeutic treatment. Although it doesn't happen often, some animals just don't tolerate massage well. Should this occur, you will receive a significantly discounted rate for the partial session.

Can I be present while my animal is receiving massage?

At least for the first few treatments, it is encouraged to have a person familiar to the animal be present. This allows for the animal to become more comfortable with the therapist while keeping the situation as low stress as possible. However, there are times when having familiar people in the room during massage sessions is too much of a distraction for the animal. The therapist will do her best to allow you to be present, but please don't be offended if you are asked to step out in order to see if your animal can focus more effectively.

Can I do anything to improve results between sessions?

Absolutely! If you are willing, the therapist will take the time to show you some stretches and massage techniques that you can perform on your animal. Doing these things with your animal regularly not only increases the benefits of massage but it can become a great time to bond further with your animal.

Are there any medical conditions that would make massage inadvisable?
Yes. That's why it's imperative that, before starting massage treatments, you provide a complete and accurate medical history for your animal. Most conditions do not contraindicate massage but may require an altered approach to treatment. In some cases, the therapist may ask that you obtain clearance from your veterinarian before starting massage treatments.

What about me? Aren't you a human massage therapist too?

Your health needs are important too and you have not been forgotten! Human massage sessions are available; simply contact me for scheduling. Visit the "human massage" page on this website for further information.

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