The birds are chirping, the sun is out and everyone has been gearing up for spring. It is time to get out and mend the fences from winter damage and start the gardens! We put a lot of emphasis on keeping our bodies active and healthy during these months of peak activity; but what about our furry and feathered friends? With the nice weather sticking around, your animals are probably becoming more active as well. Did you know that pet and small animal massage can have benefits that are similar to human massage? Massage can help keep your pet Active for Life during any season!
Similar to human massage, massage for animals is governed and regulated from state to state. Here is a link that shows laws by state for animal massage https://iaamb.org/resources/laws-by-state/. If you are in a state where you have access to massage for your pets, take advantage! We as humans can voice our discomfort from a bruise or strained muscle but your pets can’t. Proactive care beats reactive care for your fur family. All of those acrobatics while playing fetch and long summer swims can leave your pet feeling less than their best. Benefits of massage for your pets include alleviation of muscle tension, spasms and pain, increased range of motion, improved muscle tone, increased circulation and relaxation.
To some it may sound silly but massage for your pets can help with many things besides every day aches and pains. Since our pet’s bodies are more similar to our own than we may think, there are many overlapping benefits to adding maintenance massages throughout your pet’s life as well as your own. Massage can help your pets recover from different medical procedures by helping to alleviate adhesions and scar tissue problems as well as bringing fresh healing fluids to areas of pain by increasing circulation throughout the lymphatic system. Should your pet run into trouble, it will give you peace of mind to have a team already set in place to give your pet the best chance at full recovery. Just like your veterinarian, a pet massage therapist is always good to have in your arsenal should you ever need them. Other complementary health options for your pets can include acupuncture, acupressure, magnetic therapy, shock wave therapy and aromatherapy. These therapies should only be done by a professional who is licensed or certified and insured within your state’s requirements.
Although we don’t offer massages for your furry family here at PAMT, we are here to help you keep your whole family Active for Life! If you have questions on how to get started with pet and small animal massage give us a call and we can help to point you in the right direction!
Over the past couple of months many of you have gotten to know our new therapists by graciously allowing them into your appointments to train. All massage therapists in the state of Pennsylvania must be licensed and insured but what does this extra PAMT training entail?
Our therapists come from all walks of life and have a wide array of experiences that they bring to PAMT. Some come right after they finish school while others have been working for years in the field of massage therapy. Whatever the case, all therapists that come through our doors go through what we call a PAMT training period. During this period that can range from 2 weeks to 6 months, our therapists learn all of the nuances of working with our clientele.
From the moment a new therapist starts his or her training period there are some very specific goals we have set for them. The top three goals are to cultivate their critical thinking abilities, problem solving skills and assessment techniques. By thinking more globally, our therapists are able to take a whole body approach. The end objective for all of our therapists is to have the ability to look beneath symptoms and obvious difficulties to locate and treat the source of pain and discomfort.
Most massage therapists learn the same basis of Swedish techniques during their official schooling. We build on the techniques they learn in school to allow our new therapists to steadily develop their own style, technique and intuition. Training periods are tailor made to fit individual therapists and allowing them to shadow our more experienced team gives invaluable insight as well as ample opportunity to learn and grow in a short period of time.
While our training process is more detailed than most we feel it is an irreplaceable building block for our team. We take the time to make sure all PAMT therapists are equipped with the correct skills and techniques so they are confident and prepared before they begin taking clients to help them stay Active for Life!