My love of dogs stems from as young as I can remember. I was brought up around dogs and I don’t think I have ever had any time in my life without one being there.
I work my Weimaraners on local shoots and it was due to my male Weimaraner, Blu how I found out about Galen. Blu used to become very stiff and in pain after working all day on the shoot. After looking up about Canine massage therapy on the internet I came across Galen Therapy Centre.
From this, I was truly impressed with Galen’s attitude to therapy and decided to purchase Julia’s Complete Dog Massage Manual where I could learn how to warm up and warm down Blu before and after a day on the shoot. The effects of learning from this book really inspired me as Blu never had another episode with his muscles again. I wanted to learn more! Firstly, I attended a one-day workshop with Galen to learn how to massage my own dog and after this, found myself enrolled on the Canine and Anatomy course which then led on to the Diploma.
I was really impressed (and a little worried!) with the high standard and intensity of the courses and what was expected from you as a trainee Myotherapist. The accreditation and external assessing really makes the qualifications worth something and I soon learnt how well respected Galen Myotherapists really are.
I treat a variety of dogs from sporting athletes, improving their performance to family pets with arthritic and soft tissue issues, making them feel more comfortable with their conditions and giving them a better quality of life. It’s truly rewarding to notice how you’ve made an impact on a dog and to make such a difference. This is why practising myotherapy is extremely important to me, I am passionate about what Galen Myotherapy can offer and I’m very proud to be a part of it.
As well as working my Weimaraners in the shooting season, they compete in gundog competitions throughout the year. They are also shown lightly and have all qualified for Crufts. I also breed Pugs who I show and do fun agility, taking part in displays at local fetes and shows. I am on the Weimaraner C Breed list for judging at Open Show level and I judge at Gundog Working Tests for the Hunt Point Retrieve Gundog Group.
As I compete with my dogs in the field, the show ring and take part in fun agility, I know how important it is to keep their muscles balanced and in good condition to perform well. Myotherapy plays a huge part in this and it has been a pleasure to share my knowledge with fellow competitors in both the field and in the show ring and I hope this to continue in becoming a Galen Myotherapist.