PART TWO: Massage

Welcome back to the next episode of this short series of Blogs on therapeutic techniques that I regularly use. Today I will be talking about massage and myofascial release. I will often start with some gentle soft tissue massage, this helps to warm up the tissue and allow the animal to get used to my touch. The Basics of Massage Include; Stroking; Exactly as it says on the tin, a gentle introduction to the animal and its muscles Effleurage; Not one I personally tend to use on the animals, as it would more often then not be against the grain of the hair growth, however it would be useful for lymphatic drainage, where there is swelling. Kneading; I once told my husband he had a 'doughy back'

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