Athena can rehabilitate injuries, release sore muscles, speed up post-operative recovery, support chronic orthopaedic conditions, and break down the knots which cause referred pain. Wonderful as it all sounds, this treatment is not for you. Instead, it’s our four-legged friends who benefit. Because Athena Christodoulou is Cyprus’ first Clinical Canine Massage therapist.
Our dog Lambis had paralysis and severe mobility issues, requiring him to use a wheel cart. Before the treatment from Athena, he had many issues including stiffness, very painful joints and digestion problems. After massage therapy from Athena not only did his mobility improve, but he was also noticeably more relaxed, in less pain, and detoxed. It isn’t just Athena’s massage therapy that makes her so special though. She certainly has magic fingers, no question of that, but it’s also her innate understanding of animals that makes her unique. She truly is a dog whisperer and seems to speak their language. She is kind, empathetic, sensitive and friendly and I cannot recommend her highly enough. She improved the quality of Lambis’ life more than words can say and I am forever grateful to her.
Athena visits our home once a week to give my 5 year old dog a massage. Lily loves her visits and can sometimes be quite naughty scooting around on her bottom when she wants to play. When Athena started working with Lily she would just sit or slouch no interaction. Over the months Lily is more the dog she used to be happy and naughty. She will not walk again but the massage eases tight, tired muscles and helps strengthen the muscles she needs to propel herself around. Lily may not walk but her quality of life is good because of Athena and her patience and expertise along with her love of animals. Thank you Athena.
Paralysed back legs due to a fall
Athena was amazing for my old girl Tara. Tara had multiple issues and was so happy after every session with Athena. She gave her quality of life. I was amazed when she massaged my 9 year old Troy and she told me that i should look into his hips, and discovered he has severe hip dysplasia which was never detected by his vet. She has a special connection with animals and the knowledge to help. I would recommend her to anyone without hesitation. Thank you Athena.
Old age arthritis and neurological issues
ATHENA'S CANINE MASSAGE CLINIC
My name is Athena Christodoulou and I am a Clinical Canine Massage Therapist. I have completed a two-year course with the Canine Massage Therapy Center, I am a member of the Canine Massage Guild and I am fully insured. My background is in Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance and Yoga. Having worked with my body since the age of 5 years old, I have come to greatly appreciate the huge benefits of massage over the years whenever my body was achy or I had suffered soft tissue injuries. Our dogs are no different than us.
While living in Vienna between 2014 and 2016, I took a 1 year Dog Training Course and this further developed my skills for canine behaviour, alignment and gait by observing and working with so many dogs every day. The more time I spent around dogs the more I realized my desire to help them, lead happier and healthier lives was getting stronger. Through this healing and effective therapy, I can help dogs have more fluidity in their movements and less discomfort despite their ailments. I am so grateful to be able to combine my love of dogs with this amazing therapy that can help our them lead happier, healthier lives.
I am a member of the Canine Massage Guild which promotes safe practice and high standards with Continued Professional Development and I am fully insured. I am also Reiki 1 & 2 attuned.
I respect the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 and Exemption Order 1962 by never working on an animal without gaining prior Veterinary Approval.
A Vet Consent form must be signed by a vet before I can treat any dog. Please email me in order to receive a Vet Consent form. If your vet has any queries about Clinical Canine Massage Therapy I would be more than happy to talk to them.
WHAT IS CLINICAL CANINE MASSAGE THERAPY
Clinical Canine Massage specializes in helping to rehabilitate muscular and soft tissue injuries, release tight and sore muscles, speed up post operative recovery in soft tissues, support orthopaedic conditions and break down knots or trigger points that may cause referred pain.
Clinical Canine Massage is a hands-on therapy using soft strokes to firstly warm up and release the muscles, followed by deeper manipulations to address specific injuries inside the muscles and soft tissues.
An in depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology is vital to ensure that your dog safely benefits fully from their treatment.
BENEFITS OF CLINICAL CANINE MASSAGE THERAPY
Clinical Canine Massage can help the performance of the skeletal, muscular, circulatory, lymphatic, nervous and digestive systems and skin.
While massage improves circulation, increasing blood flow and oxygenating the tissues, it also flushes out waste products and speeds up recovery after illness and injury. When muscles are tired and overworked, there may be a buildup of waste products, such as lactic acid, which can cause stiffness, soreness and muscle spasms.
HOW CAN IT HELP MY DOG
Happier and healthier dogs
WHO'S IT FOR
The sporting dog
The working dog
Dogs with soft tissue and muscular injuries
Dogs with orthopaedic conditions
Dogs with neurological conditions
Post operative dogs
ISSUES THAT CAN BE OVERCOME WITH CANINE MASSAGE THERAPY
Stiffness of joints losing range of motion
Slowing down, reluctance to go on walks
Reduced performance in the sporting, working and show dog
Difficulty jumping in and out of the car or walking up and down stairs
Dogs with orthopaedic conditions such as arthritis, hip and elbow dysplasia
Muscular and soft tissue injuries
Post operative dogs
Cruciate ligament injury/damage/post surgery
‘flicking’of fur, change of direction of coat in certain areas
Better gait and posture
Increased mobility and range of motion
Pain and stress relief
Happier to go on longer walks
Jumping in and out of car and up and down stairs with more ease
Improved skin and coat
Relief from discomfort of ongoing orthopaedic and neurological conditions by supporting the compensating muscles affected by the conditions
Faster recovery after operations
Improvement performance in the working, sporting and show dog
€40 for each treatment for a home visit. If however the distance travelled is a little further a small additional cost for travel may be discussed prior to the appointment. The initial treatment is approximately 90 minutes and every additional treatment is approximately 45 to 60 minutes.
Results are expected to be seen in 1 to 3 treatments.
Monday - Friday: 9am - 7pm