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Massage Therapy for Horses

massage for horses

by Darcie Pfeffer, Certified Equine Massage Therapist

Massage therapy is an elusive term and usually brings to mind a ‘spa’ treatment, where the emphasis is on relaxing the body and giving ‘feel good’ vibes. This type of massage is usually seen as pampering the body; a special treat and not a necessity. There is nothing wrong with this, but it does overshadow the bigger impact that massage therapy can have on the body and why it is important for horses, especially those who are competing. (more…)

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Reiki Healing & Pets

Reiki for Cats

by Shawna Ricci B.A., CCMT, CFTBS, ABCDT

Reiki is a Japanese form of energy healing. It can be offered to humans or animals of any age and is a safe, gentle method of healing. It involves the transfer of “Universal” or Source energy from practitioner to client. This can be done hands-on, from a short distance, or by proxy across a large distance. The premise is that when flooded with this universal energy, the body is able to heal and balance itself as it was meant to. So the person offering the Reiki is not actually healing the client; he/she is facilitating the transfer of energy that helps the client to heal him or herself. (more…)

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Listening and Learning from an Animal Rehabilitation Expert

Is your pet struggling to walk comfortably? Do they have issues getting in or out of the car on their own? Are they recovering from surgery? They may benefit from rehabilitation therapy.


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Pet Professions You Didn’t Know Existed: Massage Therapy

In the first of our four-part series on luxurious pet services, we delve into the world of pet massage therapy–what it is, why it’s important, and tips for pet parents considering massage therapy for their furry friend. 

by Caroline Wilson, owner/head editor & writer of /redpen

We’ve all been there–sore and exhausted after exercise, stressed after a long week of work, or just drained. Maybe your feet are killing you after a day of walking, or your shoulders and back ache from sitting at your desk all day. Regardless of the source, we’ve all felt pain, and I’m sure we’ve all wanted a massage at one point for said pain. Well, our pets apparently feel the same way–and there are pet massage therapists to help them. (more…)