All the muscles in your dog's body work together to attain symmetry and balance. A single tight muscle can throw this balance off making movement difficult or painful. Dogs will continue to work in spite of their pain because they love to please us. A canine massage can relieve pain, loosen tight muscles and restore symmetry and balance.
Pawsitive Kneads, LLC specializes in canine therapeutic and sports massage.
The business is located in Columbus, Ohio. Marcy Wright, the owner, received her certification in canine massage from Integrated Touch Therapy, Inc
. She has continued to advance her techniques and certifications through various seminars and classes. For a complete list see below
Marcy receives massage referrals from veterinarians, animal behaviorists/trainers, canine physical rehabilitation facilities, boarding/grooming/daycare facilities and private referrals. She has performed massages for Team Ohio at the AKC National Agility Competition.
Marcy is a member of the National German Shepherd Club
as well as the German Shepherd Dog Club of Central Ohio
where she is a board member, membership chair and has assisted in teaching rally and obedience classes. She also belongs to several dog training facilities. Marcy has participated with her dogs in rally, obedience, agility, herding, tracking and conformation. Her dogs are pet therapy certified and have visited hospitals, assisted living facilities and a residential children's facility. Most important of all, her dogs are her friends and companions.
Marcy volunteers her services to nonprofit organizations and has organized several fundraisers. She also does speaking engagements and teaching seminars on canine massage.
For scheduling and information or to receive a list of the events we attend, please contact us at 614-764-1488 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Massage helps your dog achieve and maintain body health and wellness.
Massage is defined as any systematic form of touch which has been found to give comfort and promote good health.
Just like us, our dogs can experience bumps, bruises, injuries or trauma. A lack of willingness or resistance to move in a certain direction can signal that your dog has muscular discomfort. Tight or painful muscles can produce undesirable behaviors.
Massage can maintain the healthy dog, the athletic/competition dog, help the weekend warrior, the arthritic and the hyperactive dog. Compensation or overuse of muscles, whether from play, injury, surgery, competition, etc. can produce tight painful muscles. Proper massage techniques help to alleviate or reduce pain, muscle spasms, decrease stiffness and inflexibility and speed the healing time of illness, injury and surgical procedures. In performance dogs, the effects of the conditioning process for competition and the effects of the competition itself can be altered or eliminated.
The benefits of canine massage can be physical, mental or emotional.
- Massage is muscular in scope as well as energetic.
- Massage relaxes the body, reduces mental stress and anxiety and calms the nervous system.
- Massage reduces the heart rate and respiration which can induce mental relaxation.
- Massage increases circulation of the blood causing better distribution of oxygen and nutrients. Metabolic waste is then more efficiently released from the body.
- Massage improves flexibility and range of motion of the joints.
- Massage succeeds in helping competition dogs show less fatigue, improve their extended performance and reduce delayed muscle soreness.
- Massage can release endorphins, speed recovery from injury or illness and reduce swelling and scarring.
- Massage can promote a feeling of well being and improve concentration by reducing pain and distractions.
- Massage helps an older or injured dog maintain posture and balance.
- Massage can help a shy or an abused animal develop a new level of calm and trust.
Brief Case Studies
- "I just wanted to thank you again for the wonderful job you did on Benny. I have never seen him walk that good! He almost looked normal! You have an amazing gift and it shows when the dogs light up when they see you."
- "I want to thank you so much for all that you did for Pippin with your wonderful gift. You helped him with a far more comfortable and longer life. For that, I am so grateful that we found you when he needed you."
- "A special thanks to Marcy Wright…who rubbed her magic hands on "PhePhe" last night - this is not the first time that Phe Q'd after a Marcy massage."
- "Been meaning to let you know Teddy is doing good. Last Friday, put her food bowl back down and she had no problems eating. YOU ARE THE BEST!!!"
- "Danny melts once Marcy gets started on him and will let her do anything on him."
- For the past four years Marcy has been massaging an eight year old German Shepherd with spinal deformities. These deformities impinge on the spinal cord causing rear-end instability and an altered gait. By receiving massages every week to ten days the dog is able to remain more comfortable, has greater stability, and is able to participate in normal day to day activities and play. When the span of time between massages is more than two weeks his symptoms become more pronounced, leaving no doubt about the wonderful effects the massages have on him.
- Chamois, a golden retriever, had damaged her back knees when being taught to jump in agility. Due to a great deal of knee discomfort she had to be pulled from agility to heal. Shortly after the knee problem was discovered Chamois was at Dog Skills Adventure Camp where Marcy had a station set up for canine massages. Chamois's owner decided to try one. At first, Chamois did not want her knees touched. After Marcy massaged her front end and along the back Chamois allowed massage to the knees and surrounding areas. The next day Chamois's owner came back with both her dogs. Chamois pushed the other dog aside, laid down and offered the rear legs first for massage.
- General Relaxation Massages help achieve and maintain health and wellness.
- Range of Motion increases flexibility.
- Post Surgical Massage can reduce the effects of anesthetics, reduce pain and speed the healing process.
- Massage for the Aging is designed for general muscle balance and to enhance circulation and immune system function.
- Sports Massage enlivens the dogs and prepares them mentally and physically for the event. The two types are:
- Pre-Event Massage is quick, light and prepares the tissues for competition.
- Post-Event Massage removes metabolic waste and delayed discomfort that may follow competition.
At Pawsitive Kneads, LLC we welcome a team approach of working with the owner/caretaker, trainer, therapist and veterinarian.
Disclaimer: Massage does not take the place of veterinary medicine. Consult your veterinarian for specific questions about your pet's health or diagnosis.
Classes/ seminars completed:
- Canine Massage Level 1 & 2
- Complementary Bodywork for Canines - Completion of 150 hours studying and performing
- Canine Red Cross First Aid
- Animal Lifestyle Workshop on Animal Behavior
- Calming Signals
- Spinal Modalities Seminar
- Sports Rehabilitation Seminar
- Reiki I & II
- ZEB (Zero Energy Balance) Seminar
- Lymph Drainage
- Structure in Action
- Body Talk Access
- Animal Myofascial Release
- Craniosacral Therapy
- Get On The Ball (canine physical fitness)
- Coaching The Canine Athlete (canine structural analysis and fitness)
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