Zephyr Touch Animal Massage

gentle care for your best friend

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Where will my pet's massage take place?
2. How long will the massage last?
3. What will the first massage session be like?
4. How should I prepare my pet for the massage?
5. What should I expect for my pet after the massage?
6. Are there any physical conditions that make massage inadvisable for my pet?
7. Can you diagnose my pet's health problem?

8. Why "Zephyr Touch?"

1. Where will my pet's massage take place?
Because animals are generally most relaxed in their home environment, I will come to your home for the massage session. Ideally, your pet and I will have use of a quiet area that is free of distractions such as other pets, people passing through, or loud noises. 

2. How long will the massage last?
Please allow up to an hour for the massage session, though for many animals 30-45 minutes of hands-on time is most comfortable.

3. What will the first massage session be like?
I will come to your home for the session. To begin, I will ask you some basic questions about your pet's health history and your goals for the massage. Sometimes the goal is as simple as relaxation, at other times it is to address a particular physical concern. Once we have had that conversation, I will set up a massage space (usually a mat on the floor or -- for very small animals -- a towel on a table) and begin to work with your pet. You are welcome to be present during the massage, unless your pet finds that very distracting, but please understand I will not be able to converse much during that time. It's important that your pet and I keep our attention focused on one another to maximize the therapeutic effect of the bodywork. For that reason, I also ask that you refrain from petting your friend during the massage. Once the massage is complete, I will provide you with a summary of my observations and recommendations for your pet. If you have any questions, I am always happy to discuss them with you.

4. How should I prepare my pet for the massage?
It's a good idea to give your pet some gentle exercise shortly before the massage. For example, you might take your dog for a short walk. This helps to warm up the muscles and take the fidgety edge off animals who tend to be restless. It's also a good idea to offer your pet a potty break before the massage.

5. What should I expect for my pet after the massage? 
Many animals are a bit thirsty after their massage, so please make sure to have fresh water available for your friend. Some animals walk, stand, or move differently after a relaxing massage, but that isn't always the case. Most animals sleep soundly the night after a massage. If you ever have questions about your pet's response to massage, please don't hesitate to contact me.

6. Are there any physical conditions that make massage inadvisable for my pet?
Yes. Pets who have a fever, infection, or certain skin conditions are not good candidates for massage. Pets with cancer, who have recently had surgery, or are currently under veterinary supervision should be massaged only with your veterinarian's approval. Massage is not a good idea for animals with heart murmurs, in congestive heart failure, or who have other circulatory problems. If you have any questions about your pet's fitness for massage, please consult with your veterinarian.

7. Can you diagnose my pet's health problem?
No. Diagnosis is outside the scope of a massage practice. If your pet is ill or incapacitated and you need help identifying the source of the problem, only a veterinarian is qualified to assess the situation.


8. Why "Zephyr Touch?"
For many years I had a sweet, friendly cat named Zephyr, who was diagnosed with lymphoma as a senior. For the last three months of Zephyr's life, I gave him hospice care at home. During that time I noticed how deeply he relaxed when I simply laid my hand on his back or side. This experience impressed on me the importance of loving touch and gave me a special sense of connection with hospice animals.
In Greek mythology, Zephyr is the embodiment of the warm, gentle west wind. That is the healing touch I hope to bring to all of the animals in my practice.


Zephyr enjoying his pizza box

 

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