Chinese Massage Background

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.

Massage for People

In 2007, Joy moved to Santa Cruz to attend human acupuncture school.  Before starting school, she got a great deal on attending Five Branches University Asian Bodywork and QiGong so decided to learn massage on people.  After graduating from that program in 2008, Joy has been doing massage on people as well.  Knowing how important the human-animal bond is, she feels it is very important that the people who have her work on their animals take care of themselves as well.  Joy does table massage and can also do chair massage for events.