Canine Massage Therapy Training – Level 1
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Completion of 200* hours of Canine Massage Therapy Training allows students to sit for the NBCAAM national exam.
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(A minimum of 4 participants is required and a maximum of 15 participants will be accepted for Module 1)
Canine Massage Therapy – Level 1
The 100 Hour, Canine Massage Therapy Training Level 1 program is broken down into 4 modules of 25 hours each. The modules must be taken in order and successful completion of each module is a requirement to proceed to the next module. This is the foundational massage therapy training when it comes to learning dog massage.
(A minimum of 4 participants is required and a maximum of 15 participants will be accepted for Module 16)
In this 25 hour module, you will learn the Origin of Dogs, Canine Communications, Anatomy and Physiology (including anatomical directions, terminology, skeletal system/bones & joints, muscular system/the muscles of the forelimb), Special Populations/Palliative Care (including death & dying), Massage Benefits (including advanced indications, contraindications, & when to refer to a veterinarian), Palpation Exercises, Advanced Full Body Canine Massage Techniques (including review of basic massage strokes: effleurage, petrissage, skin rolling, compression, kneading, muscle squeezing, friction, vibration, and laying on of hands).
In this 25 hour module, you will learn Anatomy & Physiology (including Breeds & Conformation, the muscles of the hindlimb, the Systems of the body and how massage affects those systems), Kinesiology (including how to identify normal gait/movement and gait analysis for abnormal movement), Pathology (including pathologies affecting gait, common issues affecting breeds, common canine diseases and medications), and Integrating Assessment (gait analysis) & Therapeutic Massage Techniques (scar tissue massage/compensatory muscles) into a Full Body Canine Massage.
In this 25 hour module, you will learn Anatomy & Physiology (the muscles of the neck, trunk, and tail), Kinesiology (including movements specific to canine athletes), Hydrotherapy Treatments for the Canine (including uses of ice & heat, and when pool hydrotherapy might be indicated), Sports Massage Techniques, Allied Modalities (including aromatherapy/Canine Raindrop Technique, nutrition, Reiki/energy work, Puppy and Prenatal Massage Techniques, Scope of Practice, SOAP Notes and Record Keeping, Practice Management (including ethics, client communications, and marketing).
In this 25 hour internship you will be required to submit a binder, with materials provided for you, showing:
First Aid/CPR for Small Animals certificate
- Documentation of Case Studies treating two different dogs with different pathologies for a minimum of 5 treatments per dog
- Documentation of Canine Massage Therapy treatments on 10 different canines
- A Lecture Presentation /Demonstration about Canine Massage Therapy to a minimum of 5 attendees
- Documentation of 15 complimentary canine massages at a Health and Wellness or Dog Show/Competition
- This internship can be done wherever you live
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*Per the NBCAAM Website: “Massage or acupressure training for humans may count for a maximum of 50 hours of the required 200 hour total. Such human training is required to be topic specific, that is massage or acupressure techniques, Anatomy & Physiology, meridian theory or acupoint energetics, for example. The remaining 150 hours of massage or acupressure training or equivalent must be animal related.”
Required Book Package for Level 1 Canine Massage Training Program:
- Canine Medical Massage: Techniques and Clinical Applications, Narda G. Robinson
- The Dog Anatomy Workbook: A Guide to the Canine Body, Andrew Gardiner and Maggie Raynor
- Balance Your Dog: Canine Massage, C. Sue Furman
- Guide to the Dissection of the Dog, 7th Edition (preferred), Evans & DeLahunta
- Canine Massage: A Complete Reference Manual, 2nd Edition, Jean-Pierre Hourdebaigt, LMT
- The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs, Patricia McConnell
- APP for your phone or tablet – Dog Anatomy: Canine 3D by Real Bodywork
- APP for your phone or tablet – Visual Anatomy – Canine by GraphicVizion