I love my job!It’s such a privilege to work with dogs of all ages and needs to help assist their body, mind, and spirit on a journey of healing. After working with hundreds of dogs, I’m always amazed at the possibilities that massage and Reiki can open up; from transforming pain, to increasing function, to decreasing stress, to even aiding in their rescue process!Doing this work has transformed my life, and I’m honored to offer my skill set to your dog(s).
Benefits of Canine Massage:
Enhances immune system function
Reduces swelling or inflammation
Restore balance after activity
Assists with lymphatic drainage
Offers end of life comfort
Increases circulation throughout the body
Aids in improving range of motion
Minimizes joint and muscle soreness
Supports post-surgical recovery
Diminishes stress and anxiety
Effective partner of behavioral training
Magnifies the bond between dog and care-giver
Conditions a dog to more comfortably receive and allow touch
I am a Nationally Certified Canine Massage Therapist, as well as, a level two Reiki practitioner.I’ve served as an Instructor and Program Manager for the Chicago School of Canine Massage, providing over a thousand hours of instruction.I am comfortable working with all temperaments, ages, and physical concerns; with a respected referral list to offer, when needed.
Focusing on the over-all well-being of your dog.This gentle type of massage is often integrated into therapeutic care to earn the trust of your dog, while soothing their demeanor, and allowing for the facilitation of change.
Focusing on the myofascial, or webbing network, of the body to alleviate pain, and facilitate increased range of motion with a non-invasive, yet respectfully engaged approach.The advanced techniques utilized in this style are highly effective for pain management, injury prevention, and emotional relief.
This is for the active dog, engaged in agility or high-level backyard squirrel patrol.This style is focused on injury prevention by restoring balance within the major muscle groups, to work through taut areas while still avoiding an inflammatory response that requires additional healing time.If you have an active dog, this can often improve their overall run times, as well as, focus within the ring.
Referring to a session geared towards maintaining the health restored through previous sessions, to continue on with high activity levels.During Maintenance massage, we implore therapeutic techniques to create balance, and restore tissue health, between active periods.This type of massage requires a two day window of full recovery before resuming full-out activities, for the maximum benefit.
Assisting your dog as they progress through their final days by bringing comfort to the body through gentle, educated touch; while integrating Reiki energy to ease and restore the spirit for a comfortable transition.
Aiding in assisting the natural lymphatic system of the body to minimize edema, or swelling, and thus decreasing the pressure on the sensory nerves registering pain within the body.By increasing the flow of the lymphatic system, fresh nutrients are encouraged at an increased rate within the targeted area in need.
Geared for shy or emotionally uncertain dogs looking to increase confidence and socialization.The goal of this session is often to earn the trust of your dog by respecting and recognizing their cues throughout the touch process.This type of massage can also be affective for dogs with behavioral concerns.
Truly, the benefits are endless, but people often report feeling a very deep sense of fulfillment and calm. The physical energy offered promotes healing to areas of the body in need, and since Reiki does not require contact to the body (though contact is often made), it can be used on areas that are too sensitive or wounded to touch.
Chicago Dog Massage Therapist
In Mar 2016 I adopted Jessie, an obese border collie whose muscles were as hard as concrete. Poor girl had a hard time getting herself up off the floor, and her walking gait was stiff. She looked much older than her seven years. She’s lost 20 pounds over the past 20 months, and along the way Jesse’s massages have been crucial to her rehabilitation. Jessie’s muscles are now soft and supple. Now when it’s time to go outside, it’s no longer a struggle for her to move – she’s able to literally jump up and run to the door! It’s been wonderful to see this transformation, and I know she couldn’t have gotten this far without regular massages from Jesse.
Gracie absolutely LOVES her massages and adores Jesse!!! I have seen so much improvement since we started and am so happy she feels better! (Plus Jesse is pretty freaking smart and good with the dogs, so I learn a lot too!) Definitely something we will be continuing.
I can’t speak enough about the benefits I witnessed with the routine massages my 3 pugs had with Jesse. Lunchbox who suffers from a degenerative spinal issue got massaged on a regular basis and I believe that to be the main reason why he is so functional after 3 years with his disorder. Drifter who suffered from severe arthritis moved so much better and in much less pain after each session. I would highly recommend Jesse to anyone! He has always taken care of my dogs and showed them nothing but love and respect. If it weren’t for relocating out of state I would be a regular client.
In 2014 my border collie Doug ruptured two discs in his back. While surgery was successful, Doug’s hind leg control did not return to 100 percent. He shifts his weight to the front end, causing all sorts of muscle strain from his shoulders to his hindquarters. Jesse is able to pinpoint the trigger points that will bring Doug relief. Doug absolutely loves the regular massages he receives from Jesse. Jesse has shown me some things that I can do at home to help Doug, but nothing beats Jesse’s hands themselves.
If you have a pup in need of some work or therapeutic massage, you should get in touch with him. Not only does he take great care and pride in his work, but he also shows you exercises/techniques that you can perform as well in order to optimize your pet’s comfort. Could not recommend enough!
Jesse and his skills have done wonders for my pug Lunchbox!
A commonly asked question I receive from pet parents or individuals who are curious is: “What does a canine massage session look like?” The truth is, sessions are going to vary from canine to canine, and practitioner to practitioner. There is no right or wrong way to conduct a session, as long as the canine […]