A helping hand Balanced Paws for a balanced dog for every dog

Balanced Paws Canine Massage

Now offering Healing Touch for Animals®

Ann Tarvin
317-701-4329
Plainfield, IN 46168
balancedpaws{at}yahoo.com
Member:IAAMB
                  logoInternational Association of Animal Massage and Bodywork

What is dog massage?

  Dog massage includes a variety of techniques — some centuries old and others quite new. It has been used to calm show dogs, to relieve pain in working dogs, and to increase energy and focus in agility dogs. Now it is available to improve the quality of your pet’s life.
  Each dog massage is different; it depends on the dog’s needs that day. Once dogs become familiar with massage, they are eager to begin each session and they relax quickly and deeply. Often a dog will “ask” for particular work by moving his body under the hands.
  Massage is part of a complete wellness program for your dog. A massage will relax muscles, invigorate circulation, and stimulate key acupressure points. Massage does not substitute for veterinary care, but complements it. Regular massage can often bring important changes in your pet’s condition to your attention so that medical advice can be sought before the problem becomes advanced.

Who needs a massage?

Puppies & Young Dogs
  • Helps them accept handling by vets, groomers, etc.
  • Improves socialization
  • Increases trust of humans
  • Eases tension of new growth stages

Adult Dogs
  • Maintains optimum wellness
  • Slows developing problems of old age
  • Detects early changes that may signal injury or disease

Elderly Dogs
  • Helps maintain mobility
  • Stimulates circulation
  • Reduces pain

Why do dogs need massage?

  Massage is not petting. Massage is focused, intentional, and deliberate touch to balance, soothe, and energize. A trained practitioner’s hands become sensing devices that interact with the dog to improve the dog’s overall health and quality of life.
  Our lives today are very different from our ancestors’ lives; our dogs’ lives have changed greatly, too. Years ago, dogs often labored at specific jobs like herding or pulling carts. Otherwise, they roamed widely each day, chasing small animals and scavenging for food. They got plenty of outdoor air and exercise, but their lives were very short and harsh.
   Dogs today live in much better conditions, but they are often bored and underexercised. Massage can relax tension while also stimulating both mind and body. It is especially helpful as our animals’ life spans lengthen. Our world has changed — and our pets’ needs have changed with it.

Some benefits of dog massage:

  • Comforts tired muscles & relieves pain
  • Increases circulation
  • Strengthens body by stimulating muscles
  • Maintains & restores flexibility
  • Increases dog’s self-esteem & lessens behavioral issues
  • Enhances body awareness
  • Gains acceptance of touch, especially to paws
  • Increases caretaker’s awareness of changes in animal
  • Empowers owners to work with & help their pets
  • Enhances bonding & relationship with humans
  • Gives back to dogs something they can’t do for themselves

About Balanced Paws:

Ann Tarvin learned her dog massage skills from canine massage pioneer Jonathan Rudinger at the PetMassage Training and Research Institute in Toledo, Ohio. She holds Practitioner and Instructor Level Certificates in Dog Massage and also a Certificate in WaterWork for dogs. She is a member of the International Association of Animal Massage and Bodywork. Away from the massage table, she sometimes makes homemade treats for her three dogs. Ann says what she likes best is to make dogs happy.

Coming soon!

500 Festival of Pugs
August 16, 10:00AM to 4:00PM
Boone County Fairground, Lebanon, IN
sponsored by Kentuckiana Pug Rescue

Class: Introduction to Dog Massage
Learn to massage your own dog!
October 4, 1:30PM to 3:30PM
Camp BowWow
5950 W. Raymond St., Indianapolis
, IN
$50 per person, one dog per person
Class size is limited
Pre-registration required - please call or email

CanAm Flyball Classic Tournament
October 17-19, 9:00AM to 6:00PM
Indiana State Fairground, Indianapolis, IN
sponsored by North American Flyball Association


Ann also offers:

Balanced Pause Massage for People

A helping hand for every person

Certified:

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National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork

Member:

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Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals

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