Did you know there are 45 miles of nerves in the skin of a human being? That’s a lot of nerves! It’s no wonder that when we get stressed, our nerves are frayed, the need to yank out a hair or too is prominent (or more commonly, we lose hair here and there on our own), and our skin suffers, as well as a host of other stress-related problems that ensue.
So how does stress affect animals? Yes… animals do get stressed. Both their skin and coat suffer. Some of these triggers include: Noise, fear, sudden changes in their environment, boredom, inconsistencies in their water or food, separation anxiety, pain, and the ageing process are contributing factors.
Stress hormones are first released for example, when your animal companion is crated to go to the vet – and amazingly, they are very perceptive intuitive animals, and do know they are facing that dreaded visit! The hormones are released into the bloodstream, causing shedding for a few days. If stressors are daily, shedding becomes a bigger problem. Typically, keeping in mind different breeds and species, hair is first shed on the body and rear hips.
It’s no wonder then, that the world of Animal Massage is becoming a much bigger, better place. Here’s how massage helps your animal companion; prolonging their life-span and yours too (humans experience the same benefits through massage)!
- Boost the immune system
- Improve the quality and symmetry of movement
- Support better joint health and function
- Promote earlier detection of stressors and strains
- Stimulate circulation for greater health of all tissues
- Help reduce risk, severity, and frequency of injuries
- Improve athletic agility and coordination
- Reduce the effects of stress
- Minimize restrictions caused by old scar tissue
- Reduce or eliminate adhesions, knots, and other restrictions
- Improve skeletal alignment for more efficient movement and posture
- Release endorphins (natural pain killers)
- Lower blood pressure
- Improve digestion
If you’re interested in bonding, and connecting more with your furry friend, RMSAAM offers Canine Massage Correspondence Program for the enthusiast! This is a non- certificate program for animal owners / lovers! We look forward to hearing from you!