Professional Dog Massage Therapy available at Koiraparkki Day Care Kamppi and Vuosaari – also during weekends and evenings. All dogs regardless of size and age are welcome.
Many of our clients and dogs are familiar with Darja and her magical massaging fingers, Darja was with us already last year. Now she is back as a professional Massage Therapist providing massage for your dog during daytime and in the evenings at Kamppi and Vuosaari.
Bookings can be made either by filling out contact form below, or by phone or email.
040 444 8144
Canine massage is a safe therapy treatment that promotes good health and well-being in dogs and helps with many musculoskeletal issues. Even fit dogs often have muscle tension and stiffness, which can be reduced by massage. Many dogs also find it relaxing and enjoyable. 💙
Check out our video of dogmassage session !
Massage affects the whole body, not just the muscles. Did you know about these ten positive effects of dog massage?
1) Blood circulation and metabolism increase.
2) Swelling decreases.
3) Muscle tension eases.
4) Metabolic waste is eliminated better from the body.
5) The elasticity of muscles and fascia increases.
6) Adhesion formation reduces.
7) Mobility improves.
8) Pain relieves.
9) The mind relaxes.
10) Stress goes away
Hi, I am Darja, a canine massage therapist from Espoo graduated 2020 from Taitotalo. Volunteering in dog rescue and taking care of my own dogs have awoken the interest in the new profession. I have three rescue dogs at home.
As a massage therapist, I aim at improving dogs’ mobility, relieving pain, and in the long run, having happier dogs.
Normal price for first 1,5 hrs Massage session is 50 euros
Follow-up session 1,5 hrs is 50 euros
Ask for other specials and packages!
Massage therapy is great preventative care and maintenance for healthy dogs with no symptoms. Most often, however, dogs that are coming to massage have muscle or joint problems.
How to identify muscle tension and muscle pain in a dog?
It is high time to get your dog a massage if he
– seems stiff. Temporary stiffness after rest also indicates problems;
– is reluctant to walk, run, play, or exercise in the same way as before. A healthy dog loves exercising. If the dog is «lazy,» no longer eager to go out, or the pace has slowed, it might suffer from pain;
– has difficulty jumping into the car or up on the couch, going upstairs;
– paces, which means that the two legs on the same side move forward at one time;
– reacts to the touching of specific body parts
– twitches his skin when touched or stroked;
– stretches excessively or gave up stretching completely;
– is restless, stands up and lies down repetitively;
– has become passive, depressed;
– has become more reactive or aggressive;
– stands hind legs under the trunk;
– hunches his back;
– stands, sits, or moves asymmetrically;
It is always safest to get a dog checked by a veterinarian before starting massage therapy. If your dog is limping, has swollen areas, or shows severe pain reactions, make an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as possible.
This list is not exhaustive. During the first massage visit, the massage therapist checks the dog’s gait, postures, and palpates the dog thoroughly in search of possible abnormalities. However, you should pay attention to any changes and symptoms and tell the specialist about them.
When you book an appointment, I will send you an electronic questionnaire to map your dog’s condition, and instructions.
Before the actual massage, I will ask you to walk the dog back and forth outside to evaluate the dog’s motion.
After that, we move indoors and continue with mapping. Choose a calm and warm corner as the massage place, prepare bedding, for example, a blanket. I will continue with palpation, looking for muscle tension and other abnormalities, and locating the trigger points. I will also observe the dog’s postures and posture transitions.
The dog gets a massage being on his side. You can train the dog to lay on the side in advance, which will help him to relax easier during treatment. If the dog refuses to lay on his side, other variations are possible, like sitting or lying on his stomach.
We are not going to force the dog into a certain position.
The owner should be present during the massage and can, for example, stroke the dog soothingly. I will massage the dog’s whole body, giving extra attention to the tightest spots.
It is also possible to perform passive stretches during the massage treatment.
The massage is performed individually, considering the reactions and the character of the dog.
Anxious dogs may need 1-2 training visits, where we are practicing handling, and the dog will get a lighter treatment.
During and after the massage, I will tell you about the findings, and we’ll discuss a treatment plan.
Here are my thoughts on making your dog relax.
First, I think it’s important to understand that calmness is primarily an emotional state, not just staying in place or some position. A dog can sit or lie on command, but at the same time be anything but relaxed. If we want the dog to learn to relax, we need to train skills of self-control and emotional control. How can this be done?
1) Be a good example! When you want your dog to settle down, relax. Breathe deep and slowly. Speak in a soft voice.
2) Praise and reward your dog when it is calm and relaxed: praise verbally, pet the dog with calm, long strokes. You can also use treats, but some dogs get too excited when yummies come up.
3) Add a cue, for example, “relax.” Say it in a low soft voice when the dog is calm.
4) Give the dog a chew bone or a chew toy. The toy can be filled with paste treat, wet food, or minced meat and frozen in advance. Prolonged chewing and licking have a relaxing effect on dogs.
5) Train relaxation skills regularly, both in a peaceful environment at home and elsewhere. With the puppy, it is worth starting relaxation training from the very beginning.
6) Even during the hustle and bustle, it is a good idea to take breaks, especially if the dog starts to be a bit over the threshold. It has to do with play dates with other dogs, playing tug, fetch, or other activities that make your dog very excited.
7) Learn to read your dog. Recognize stress signals. If the situation is too challenging for the dog and cannot calm down, do not increase the pressure. If possible, get out of the situation, give your dog support, and train in a less distracting environment.
8) Make sure that the basic needs of the dog are met. Are the outdoor activities diverse? Does the dog get enough exercise and work for the brain and nose? Also, make sure the dog gets to rest and recover.
When booking a dog massage, it is good to be aware of the limiting or preventing factors, which are called contraindications.
Some medical conditions prevent massage absolutely; others restrict the massage treatment locally. Some diseases require the permission of a veterinarian.
If in doubt about the suitability of a massage for your dog, ask your masseur or your veterinarian.
Here’s the list of the most common contraindications to canine massage.
– Infection, inflammation
– Contagious disease (e.g., kennel cough)
– Central nervous system paralysis
– Heart disease – ask the permission of a veterinarian
– Epilepsy – case-by-case approach
– Endocrine disorders – with the vet consent
– Vaccinations – 1 week waiting period
– Oestrus (heat)
– Pregnancy in the last trimester
– False pregnancy
– Nursing bitches
– Competitions or intensive training the previous day or in the next 1-2 days after the massage
– Medication – consult a veterinarian
Do not feed the dog for about 2 hours before the massage.
Take the dog for a calm on-leash walk and let them do the potty. An energetic dog might need a long walk to be able to calm down better during the massage session.
However, avoid intense exercise (hard training sessions, competitions, rough play, etc.) on the day of the massage.
Let the dog do the potty immediately after the massage, as the massage stimulates the metabolism, and the dog may be in a hurry to eliminate.
Offer your dog water. You can even encourage them to drink by adding something delicious to the water.
Keep the dog warm after the massage, take a coat or a blanket for the trip home (regarding all dogs in cold weather, short-haired all year round). For the rest of the day, as well as the next day, take it easy and avoid heavy exercise.
Below videos of Hauhieronta Instagram canine massage therapy sessions