Why I chose Chinese Massage
Since working as a professional communicator with so many performance animals, I noticed that a lot of the time people would want their pet to be read for what appeared to them to be a behavioral problem. While reading the pet, I would determine that the behavioral problem was actually due to a discomfort in the body of the animal being read. Because of this I decided to learn Chinese massage for animals. Since I?m based in California and my veterinary license is in Kansas I needed a service that could be performed within legal limits of California. Chinese massage met all of my qualifications to make the animal feel better and perform at their peak.
Where I studied
I found Dr. Shen Xie and his Chi Institute. I had attended some lectures given by Dr. Xie at veterinary conventions and decided that learning Tui-na (or An-Mo) massage from him was the perfect fit for my services. In August 2004, I went to the Chi Institute in Reddick, Florida to learn Chinese massage from Dr. Xie and staff. The Tui-na course is only taught to licensed veterinarians. It draws on the same traditional Chinese principles that I employed when I was practicing veterinary medicine as well as doing acupuncture on animals.
How massage helps with communication
With my communication abilities, I find that when I perform massage on animals I also receive mhow essages about they feel and what hurts. When coupled with my anatomy and physiology training as a veterinarian, it?s a perfect combination.
I usually observe how a pet moves before the massage. This gives me a visual picture of movement coupled with the ability to feel what physical area is in pain. After the first session of massage, I have the pet move again and fine-tune the treatment to straighten out the problem area. I then give the owner ?homework? to keep the pet moving well.
A pet who has experienced communication and is more physically comfortable is a pet who can perform more efficiently if performance is the issue. The owner feels better about contributing to the well-being of the pet by applying massage techniques. As a result, everyone is happier.