Therapeutic Paws Massage is a mobile, in-home service provided by Anne Morrison,
a state licensed and national board certified small animal practitioner. Serving Woodinville, WA and surrounding areas.
Eases pain from arthritis and increases flexibility.
Alleviates muscle restrictions and tension.
Circulates body fluid, strengthening the immune system.
Releases endorphins which help calm and relax the body.
Massage can provide numerous positive benefits for your pet in all stages of life. As a massage practitioner for small animals (with a focus on dogs, cats and an occasional rabbit), Anne provides sessions in your home, making it comfortable for the animal and easy for you.
Massage is a noninvasive technique that works with the body’s natural energy and offers a gentle but effective way to keep each system operating at a high level of efficiency. The emotional benefits are also clearly evident. Many animals with emotional issues stemming from grief, abuse, or abandonment respond positively to the relaxation and healing touch of massage. Massage should be part of everyone's wellness routine! Massage includes a variety of techniques applied to the soft tissue which can help support the health and well-being of your companion animal.
As humans we are able to vocalize to our massage practitioners how we are feeling and where there might be tension and pain. While animals cannot vocalize this information, they do communicate it through changes in behavior and body language. It may be a physical change, as with a limp or difficulty lowering hindquarters into a seated position. Or it may be a metabolic change, indicated by a lack of appetite, or increased water consumption. Either physical or metabolic, the change may be a minor health issue or point to a more serious condition.
As your pet's guardian, you are more in tune with what is normal for your pet than you probably realize. Recognizing early warning signs and having them evaluated are both key to your pet's well-being.
While Anne has always had an intense love for animals, it was her landlord's dog, Banda, which spearheaded much of what she has come to embrace and love about animal massage. After Banda had Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA) surgery in 2008 for a torn ligament, Anne realized two key things. One, she did not know how to properly care for Banda after her surgery and felt very uncomfortable about how to care for her. And two, Banda, while still in pain and recovering from her surgery, needed that proper assistance and care to heal properly. Those two things intensified Anne's focus to help ease the pain of post-operative rehabilitation for animals and the fear and discomfort that the animal's owners may feel. From there, the Therapeutic Paws Massage journey began.
"For the past year, Anne has regularly massaged Gertrude, our 12 ½ year old dog. We have seen significant improvement in Gerti's mobility after her sessions with Anne, who targets problems such as: stiff muscles, pinched nerves, and an old Anterior Cruciate Ligament tear.
Anne has a quiet, gentle approach, which quickly puts our 3 dogs at ease. Gertrude was initially a little reluctant to allow anyone to touch her (very) sensitive spots, even her family! Anne quickly developed a sense of trust and reassurance with her, so that she now let’s Anne mobilize her sore muscles while she often falls asleep. In fact, now Gertrude: is eager to greet Anne at the door, backs up for a butt rub, and gives Anne kisses to thank her for helping her feel better. When Anne leaves, Gerti's gait changes from plodding or limping, to being much more fluid. When Anne began, we thought Gertrude wasn't long for this world, however, she now exhibits more “puppy behavior” than I've seen in a very long time! It's heartening, and we're extremely grateful to have this gentle animal healer in our lives."
“I’m just so impressed with what you’re able to do, especially with the shyer animals.”
Jim Keller. Operations Director, Homeward Pet Adoption Center
“I want to thank you for all you did with Mister Dillon. Today was Dillon’s last day with us sadly. I am heartbroken to have lost my best friend but he is in a better place. Thank you again for your love and I will highly recommend you to everybody.”
“Anne is an angel. She truly has been sent here from the universe to speak to our animals, find their discomfort and pain and infuse them with love and relief. Anne came weekly to see my precious Kayla, my golden retriever, and I truly believe Anne’s touch and love was one of the sole reasons why she stayed with us for so long. She brought such care, wisdom, and love with her every single time without fail. Our entire family will never forget everything that you have done.”
"Olive leapt over a garbage can afterward on our evening walk so I think she was feeling better!"
"I thought you might like to know that a couple days ago Barto did his first mini 'downward dog' stretch in probably a year ..."
"I want to thank you for all that you have done for Lucy. I know you’ve brought her a lot of comfort and we all appreciate that immensely – Lucy included. I will of course be coming to you again in the future. You are a wonderful massage therapist and a wonderful person. We feel so lucky to have met you."
"Besides being very pleasant and calming to the household humans, Anne has an extraordinary ability to connect with the animals she works on. She brought comfort and warmth to our aging and achy Labrador in his final months. We are very grateful for her great work with Carter, and he was always very excited for his time with her."
The Robl Family