Anne Morrison always knew that someday she would work with animals in some capacity, but, like many of us, she had no idea what paths that would lead her down nor what that would involve. However, she also knew at an early age that she really didn't want to become a veterinarian. "I didn't want to be that person that an animal doesn't want to see," she stated.
It wasn't until early in 2009 when she started down the path of animal massage. In 2011 Anne was able to realize her lifelong dream of working with animals when she graduated from the Northwest School of Animal Massage and became a NBCAAM Certified Practitioner.
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.
Since graduating from the Northwest School of Animal Massage, Anne has dedicated much of her time to studying the most effective uses of post-surgical massage and rehabilitation in small animals. She has interest in pursuing more courses to further her education in animal communication, reiki, nutrition and manual ligament therapy.
"I have always loved animals and am passionate about improving the quality of their day-to-day life through massage,” says Anne. “Whether offering maintenance massage to help an older animal improve mobility, rehabilitation massage to enhance the healing process, or to offer comfort to animals in hospice, it is very rewarding to be able to make a difference in their lives. When owners are open, I enjoy sharing and teaching techniques for them to use on their animals in between sessions.”
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