Heather Wallace is a Certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist (ESMT) and Canine Sports Massage Therapist (CCMT) providing acupressure, trigger point therapy, and sports massage techniques.
Sports massage provides a multitude of natural and holistic health benefits for your animal, both behavioral and physical. Sports massage uses the hands and fingers of the therapist to target tight muscles and acupressure points in your dog. We manipulate the soft tissue to loosen muscles, joints, tendons; increase blood flow and lymphatic activity; and reduce stress.
Sports massage is used in exercise warm-up; cool down; general maintenance; pre- and post- agility competition; and post-injury or rehabilitation of both working animals and pets.
In addition, acupressure and trigger point therapy are non-invasive techniques with benefits similar to acupuncture.
Massage can alleviate the behavioral, emotional, and physical symptoms of pain or distress. More, it provides positive touch and desensitization as well as early detection of physical changes.
BENEFITS OF MASSAGE
- Reduce inflammation
- Increase circulation
- Improve digestion
- Speed wound healing
- Restore mobility to injured muscle tissue
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Early detection of skin and health problems
- Positive desensitization to touch
All Sessions Include the Following:
- Variety of massage techniques tailored to your pet.
- Thermal imaging to determine baseline and a follow-up after four sessions.
- Cold laser therapy to target joints, tendons, wounds, and areas of increased tension.
- Aromatherapy blend using high-quality essential oils customized to your animal’s needs.
- Targeted therapy plan with at-home exercises.
- Passive stretching to increase mobility.
Why work with Heather?
Heather has worked for years with a variety of breeds and ages. She is incredibly sensitive to the needs of each client and their softest communication. Time after time Heather has earned the trust and bonded with even the most anxious animals, some of whom would not let others interact with them. Trust is earned and there is nothing she finds more gratifying than working in partnership with her canine clients to help them find balance naturally and live their best lives mentally, emotionally, and physically.
Heather is continually learning new and improved methods of bodywork to holistically work with your animals. The most common comment she hears from clients is, “I wish I found you sooner.” From young animals learning positive touch to desensitize them for relaxed veterinary appointments to working with arthritic dogs and those with severe mobility issues, she does it all. Often clients are amazed and how quickly their animals show visible benefits. Seeing is believing!
Does your pet have arthritis? New rescue dog scared of people? Separation anxiety? New puppy?
Please join me in the office in the Red Bank office at 252 Broad Street, Suite 3 Red Bank, New Jersey 07701. I see clients on Wednesday mornings, on Fridays, and on limited Saturdays.
Concierge visits to your home are available for animals with severe anxiety and mobility issues with a $20 surcharge.
Please complete the New Client Form prior to your first appointment. Please make sure your dog has been walked prior to our session. We encourage owners to be in the room but for home visits other pets should be kept separate to aid relaxation and prevent distraction. Dogs may be unused to sports massage because it is different than petting and we work at your animal’s comfort level.
After your dog’s sports massage session your animal may need to go to the bathroom more frequently. This is normal and allows the body to continue to release toxins naturally. Please provide ample water. A short walk after our session will be beneficial to stretch their legs and allow for further tension release.
Regular massage provides the best results for your pet. We recommend a minimum of three weekly sessions to introduce your animal to bodywork and achieve the best results.
Introductory, rehabilitative, and senior massage is recommended every 1-2 weeks. General maintenance is recommended to prevent injuries and keep the joints fluid and muscles in optimal condition. Bodywork works best when used to keep the body in balance, and prevent illness or injury. As a result regular sessions every 2-4 weeks are the general recommendation. However, a customized treatment plan will be created for your animal based on personality, activity level, and owner’s input.
*Disclaimer: Sports Massage and aromatherapy are complementary therapies that are meant to assist self- healing. These therapies are not a replacement for veterinary care. Massage professionals are not qualified to treat, diagnose, or give a prognosis of any injury or illness. Consult your veterinarian for concerns with your animal's health.