Paws Four Massage

Dog Massage Therapy now available at Jollytails Resort!

Massage therapy is one of the touch modalities of complementary and alternative medicine. It is a manual skill used in the evaluation and assessment of soft tissue abnormalities. It is the systematic application of manual pressure and movement of soft tissues including skin, tendons, ligaments fascia and muscle.

The massage therapist conducts a careful assessment and evaluation of the patient, then decides on the most effective technique to use to help correct or reduce any problem areas.

The goals of any manual therapy are : to increase circulation, decrease swelling, increase tissue extensibility, reduce tissue adhesions, increase scar tissue mobility, eliminate trigger points or tender points, promote tendon and ligament healing, increase range of motion, decrease pain, decrease muscle spasm, and facilitate or inhibit neuromuscular activity.

30 Minute Massage Therapy Treatment Session: $45 +HST

To book an appointment please call 902.444.8245 or email info@jollytailsresort.ca.

Appointments are available on Fridays and Saturdays from 10am - 6pm.


About Elizabeth Danskin, ACT, RLAT(R), CCMT

Elizabeth was always the quintessential animal lover. Since childhood bringing injured birds and abandoned kittens home to nurse, it was only natural that she pursue a career involving the care of all creatures great and small.

She graduated 33 years ago as an Animal Care Technologist (now called Veterinary Technician) from St. Lawrence College, Kingston Ontario; and has had a full and varied career using her vet tech skills in animal hospitals from Ontario, to Scotland, and now Nova Scotia.

Her interest in alternative therapies was piqued while working at an animal hospital in Dartmouth Nova Scotia that utilized Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Myofascial releases, and traditional Chinese herbals. With the encouragement from that veterinarian, she pursued and became a Certified Canine Massage Therapist in 2016. The next step in her career is to expand this knowledge base and is presently completing a course on Neuro -myofascial releases to add to her tools in massage therapy.

Her main aim is to bring her knowledge and tools to help all dogs; be they the old timer with arthritic problems, the dogs recovering from orthopedic surgery, the couch potato, weekend warrior, to the elite canine athlete.

The concept of home based treatments for clients is to ensure that all dog owners could receive treatments for their pets and minimize difficulty getting their dogs to a clinic , or the extreme anxiety some dogs have coming to a clinic situation. In home treatments would help eliminate a lot of anxiety both for the owner and the pet and be able to relax in the comfort of their own surroundings.

Her spare time is taken up with her two Border Collies, Dileas and Mirk either competing or training in agility or walking the local trails around the Halifax area.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if my dog needs massage?

In general most dogs at one point or another throughout their lives will require some type of injury management. Just because dogs will be dogs! Things like falling or jarring a front leg down a hole or rolling after catching that frisbee will create some injury to the tissues. If these injuries are not addressed the dog will overcompensate for that injury which will open up the body to being out of alignment, and later on in life the possibility of arthritic changes.

My dog had a massage treatment but still seems sore, is that normal?

Just like us after any type of muscle/ soft tissue manipulation, it takes our bodies a couple of days to recover. Massage and manual therapy techniques release endorphins to make you feel good , but there is also a release of lactic acid which needs to be flushed from the system.

Generally a day or two of rest with plenty of water and dark green veg helps to flush this lactic acid out of the system.

My dog seems very sleepy, is this normal?

Yes, as mentioned in the previous answer, there is a release of endorphins or the feel good hormone during and after massage which may last up to 24 hours or so. A lot of dogs feel good and are relaxed which leads to a “after massage sleep”, which is the bodies way of dealing with the changes the massage therapist has done during the treatment.

How often should I get my dog massaged?

It depends on the findings and assessment done by the massage therapist, some dogs just need a once a month tweak, whereas others may require every week or every two weeks if a specific problem area has been found.

Why would my dog have to come back so often?

Certain soft tissue issues cannot be “fixed” with just one treatment, and depending on how long the issue has gone on for, may take more than a couple of sessions to get to the root of the problem. A little like starting a cleaning job at home which may turn into a bigger job than expected and take you longer to finish.

Is there anything I can do at home to help my dog after massage?

After the treatment your massage therapist will give some recommendations of exercises or treatments you can do at home to help with the healing process, or as a preventative to your dog sustaining an injury.

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TESTIMONIALS

“I have been a client of Liz’s for about 2 years now. She sees both my active sport dogs and my geriatric dog on a regular basis. Liz has the capacity to quickly get to the root of the problem and give solid easy to follow advice for ongoing care as well as be gentle and provide relief for my aging dogs' tight muscles. Her approach is very logical and simple and her demeanor with the dogs is one that you find rarely in a treatment provider. My dogs trust her completely, even when sore. Highly recommend Liz to anyone who needs a bit of help keeping their dogs in top shape. Whether that be sport dogs, active pets, or the aging dogs who just need a bit of help keeping mobile.”

“I would never hesitate to have an evaluation and treatment from Liz at the first sign of an issue in our girls. Always reliable, extremely thorough, and will always give me an honest evaluation as to what she feels is the best course of action. The dogs and I always look forward to her visit! I would not hesitate to recommend Liz for sport and companion dogs alike.” - Susan Taylor

“Liz has taken care of my dogs since they were puppies starting from her days a vet tech and now as a Certified Canine Massage Therapist. Not only does she treat my dogs but she teaches me how to better care for and manage their bodies as well. While they are no longer sport dogs, even as pets they rely on Liz’s treatment and guidance to stay healthy, limber and feeling their best. Liz doesn’t just treat my boys when they are showing visible signs of issues/injuries but also just for regular checks and maintenance. Liz’s service is and will continue to be a vital part of keeping my dogs moving and feeling good for the rest of their lives!” - Katrina Zinck (and Finnigan & Tex)