The benefits of dog massage can be physical, mental and emotional:

• Reduces the heart rate and respiration which can induce mental relaxation

• Aids older or injured dog maintain posture and balance enhancing circulation and immune system function

• Release endorphins, speed recovery from injury or illness and reduce swelling and scarring

• Fosters a feeling of well-being and helps shy or an abused animal develop a new level of calm and trust

• Increases circulation of the blood causing better distribution of oxygen and nutrients. Wastes and toxins are then more efficiently released from the body. Improves movement of lymphatic fluids.

• Reduces anxiety: relaxes the body, reducing mental stress and calms the nervous system

• Aids in digestion

• Reduces pain and swelling shortening healing time of strained muscles and sprained ligaments

• Helps relieve muscle tension and stiffness

• Strengthens the immune system

• Reduces formation of excessive scar tissue (less scar tissue build up means better mobility)

• Provides greater joint flexibility and increases range of motion through the stretching of connective tissues

• Improves proprioception (the outside information feedback mechanism in the animal's body that helps with movement and balance)

• Stimulates liver and kidney functions

• Promotes deeper and easier breathing

• Enhances the health and nourishment of the skin and coat