ATHENA'S CANINE MASSAGE CLINIC
Helping dogs lead happier lives
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.
“ Athena handled Ruby very well. She certainly has a special way with dogs. Within minutes Ruby was on the bed very happy and relaxed. I felt Ruby responded very well to the treatments. In fact she actually fell asleep and was snoring on a couple of occasions. Ruby walked with more ease after her treatments. She managed the stairs a little better and instead of her waiting for me to lift her back legs in the car she’s been climbing in or jumping in.”
“After her second treatment, Szikra was moving more freely and appeared to be enjoying running even more than she usually does. Her limping decreased/stopped and 2 weeks after the treatments has not been noticed. So from my point of view the treatments were beneficial and suitable.”
“Athena had a calm, gentle approach with Rupert and treated him with respect. She got to know him well and adjusted to meet his needs. Rupert’s ability to relax and settle during the treatments increased so it was lovely to see him so relaxed and chilled out. Rupert remained sound (no lameness), during the period of treatment and slept well following treatments during the night (no pacing).”
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
€30 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