An Animal Massage Therapist’s story

Taken from - The Australian College of Massage ANIMAL MASSAGE - PART 3 - 25/05/2012

"A qualified Canine and Equine Myofunctional Therapist, who loves her job provides some insight into the role.

Minda Blake’s passion has seen her immerse herself in the field of animal massage therapy. She runs a mobile animal therapy practice named ‘Woof and Hoof’ where she treats companions to show and performance animals. In addition she conducts lectures on Myofunctional Therapy for animals at The National College of Traditional Medicine.

Emphasising that animal massage can have a preventative and maintenance role, in addition to a corrective one, animal massage can be for those who simply love animals, it doesn’t necessarily need to be a career.

A Massage Therapist since the early 80’s, it was an injury to her Labrador Ella, that sparked her passion for the field. Ella sustained a hip injury when her mother sat on her in the litter. Feeling compelled to provide relief from the subsequent symptoms of partial hip dysplasia prompted Minda’s decision to investigate animal massage courses.

Attracted by the comprehensive anatomy and physiology offered at The National College of Traditional Medicine, she chose to commence her studies to receive a formal qualification there. Thoroughly enjoying her work with animals and the outcome of her treatments, a current client is a 7 year old thoroughbred race horse whose owner/trainer reported a performance struggle in recent months. The Animal Massage Therapist was called in and just 4 treatments in 4 months has seen the horse either win or place in the last 5 starts!

Myofunctional therapy increases the flow of fresh oxygenated blood throughout the entire animal and stimulates the lymphatic system to release toxins from the muscles allowing the horse to perform at a higher level. The owner also indicated the horse is much more relaxed and appears to recover faster with less post-race fatigue.

As a full-time mobile Animal Massage Therapist she constantly amazes herself with the gift of massage and the extraordinary exchange of energy through touch.

She credits the comprehensive training provided through the National College of Traditional Medicine for her success. The canine and equine courses are both offered over a series of weekends or alternately a consecutive day ‘intensive’ program, with assignments and practical hours in addition. She is privileged to be able to deliver this curriculum to students now.

Minda enjoys witnessing the improvements in health and well-being achieved through massage and touch with intent on both a direct and indirect physiological level. 8 years on she is managing her Labrador Ella’s condition well through regular massage."

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