By now, you've probably heard of aromatherapy, but did you know our pets can benefit from some of them as well? Nearly every massage I perform is done with 100% therapeutic grade essential oil because I truly believe that they enhance the massage experience for your pet. However, there are a few exceptions where I will forego the use of oil which I will explain prior to the session with you.
The method in which I use the oil (s) will depend on your dogs needs. If for example, your dog is a bit anxious then she will be presented a few calming oils (separately) and be able to "choose" her favorite to have with her on a scent strip during her massage. Sounds crazy, doesn't it? Believe it, or not, our dogs are quite remarkable with communication. On occasion, they opt for no oil in which case we will go oil free. Another example is custom blending a particular essential oil with a carrier (aloe, coconut, etc) to be used on specific acupressure points throughout the massage. This method is wonderful for arthritis.
With all this talk about oil, you are probably wondering if you're going to have a big oil fur ball at the end of the session and I promise you the answer is "no." The acupressure points are small, therefore, only a small amount of oil is needed.