What To Expect

Carole Groman with Toby

Carole working on Toby

An initial session generally lasts 45 to 60 minutes, and includes a complete review and history, along with bodywork. Follow-up treatments are 30 to 45 minutes.

During our first meeting, we will discuss and review your animal’s medical history and general background.  Afterwards, and during subsequent treatments, I will review progress and work with your animal using one or more of the following techniques:

  • Massage — to manipulate the tissue and muscle fibers, using specific strokes
  • Trigger point therapy — to gently work a site indicated by tenderness or pain, using gentle pressure and stretching
  • Passive range of motion work — movement of a joint through its available and comfortable range
  • Shiatsu acupressure — to gently apply pressure to specific points on a meridian
  • Reiki — Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation
  • Cranial-Sacral – utilizes light touch to the bones of the skull, the spine and the pelvis.   This technique is generally the basis of a separate appointment.

Most animals who may be uncomfortable at first with being touched or manipulated by a new person will relax over time and become more receptive to Carole’s work and presence.

While working on your pet, Carole also closely observes their body language. Consequently, any information your dog or cat shares helps Carole to determine if a specific part of the body requires, for example, a gentler touch, or more extensive work. For some dogs that may exhibit agitation, the integration of counter-conditioning into the session may prove helpful.

Carole also offers teaching sessions, as she thinks anyone can easily learn to massage their own pet. Please contact her for more details.