About Us

Carole and Sweet Pea

Carole in the treatment room with  Sweet Pea

Your cherished animal will feel the benefit of treatments from a trained Small Animal Massage Therapist.

I have always loved animals. I grew up with animals — dogs, cats, horses, goats — and have lived with assorted wonderful animals throughout my adult life. working at a veterinary clinic during the early 1990s provided me with valuable professional experience interacting with animals of many sizes and species.

A decade later, upon reading Kindred Spirits by Allen Schoen, I felt a strong pull to work with animals again in a non-clinical setting. Soon after, I learned about animal massage school and experienced what I can only describe as a profound moment of knowing that this was my calling.  Animals give us so much. I feel grateful and honored to have the opportunity to work with them in a way that may assist and enhanced their healing and quality of life.

~ Carole Groman, MST, CSAMT, RP

Qualifications

Carole Groman received Certification in Small Animal Massage from the Bancroft School of Massage in Worcester, MA, in 2007 and has a Masters of Science Teaching from Antioch/New England College.

The 200-hour Bancroft certification program included coursework and hands-on practicum in:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Massage techniques
  • Biomechanics
  • Gait analysis
  • Species and breeds
  • Behavior, handling and management
  • Passive range of motion
  • Energy work
  • Shiatsu acupressure
  • Vaccines and Diseases
  • First Aid

To fulfill the internship requirement, Carole spent almost 30 hours working at Eddie’s Wheels for Pets, where they custom build wheelchairs for disabled animals. Due to the varying degrees of disability displayed by the animals there, Carole learned a great deal about working with pets coping with weakness and/or paralysis due to degenerative myelopathy, accidents, arthritis, hip dysplasia, fibrocartilagenous embolisms, intervertebral disc disease, etc.  Carole was the Director of Sales for Eddie’s Wheels for many years, where she continued to learn about the issues and needs that arise when a pet becomes disabled.

While attending Bancroft, Carole also began to study Reiki, a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation, that also promotes healing. Over a period the next 2 years, she attained the level of Reiki III, or Master Practitioner.