This was the first of its type back in 2003 when there was so little information or help for our ‘canine athletes’ (a phrase first used by Galen!)
This one-day workshop is an introduction and it is designed for individuals who would like to understand more about how their dog moves and the specific stresses involved with different competitive disciplines, therefore with this knowledge understand then ensure that their massage techniques are correct. This course was formerly called Pre-and Post-Event Massage.
Movement and common stress patterns are discussed using supporting media within discipline specific scenarios. This aspect of the one day is vital to understanding how your dog moves and recognise indicators that will help you to assess your dog more readily and easily. This is a highly thought of course with attendees coming away with practical information that helps them help their dog to a better performance and reduced injury.
What you will learn
- Discuss and learn about the movement of the dog
- Study the relevant muscular stresses of different competitive disciplines
- Discuss how muscular stresses can affect your dog both every day and when competing (short term and long term)
- Learn the tangible benefits of pre-and post-event massage both in performance, and preventing post event stiffness
- Learn how to be more in touch with your dog’s health and wellbeing
- Become familiar with relevant basic anatomy and some major muscle groups
- Understand more clearly the positive physiological and psychological effects massage have on a dog
- Discuss contraindications to massage
- Practice how to use 3 appropriate massage techniques and perform an effective pre-and post-event massage
- Learn how to do an effective active warm up and warm down.
This course is held in a training room that is dog friendly. There is ample good walking for your dog during lunch and break times.
A course you can bring your own dog to! If not, you can always borrow a Galen dog!