All classes at Abundant Life Massage are approved by the NCBTMB (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork) for Massage Therapists.  We are also a "Preferred Provider" for IAAMB (International Association for Animal Massage and Bodywork).  If you have taken 100 hours of Canine Massage training at another school, you may still take the Canine Massage Therapy Level 2 training through Abundant Life Massage in order to sit for the NBCAAM national exam.  Please contact us for details!


To REGISTER for any of our Canine classes, please click on the "Upcoming Classes" tab.

Learn to Massage Your Dog

Cost: $225 (If you and a friend or family member register together, the cost is only $215/person!)
Hours: 15 (NCBTMB approved for LMTs)
Pre-Requisite: None
Overview: In this 15 hour course, you will
 learn: the benefits of dog massage, indications and contra-indications, when to refer to a vet, basic canine anatomy, several different massage strokes and when to use each stroke, a full-body canine relaxation massage routine, 22 bones of the canine skeletal system, 15 muscles, basic canine hydrotherapy, a full canine stretching routine with range of motion which you will integrate into the full-body canine relaxation massage, as well as pre-event and post-event routines for canine athletes. Trained massage therapy demo dogs are provided for you to massage and practice on in class but if you have a dog that "plays well with others" and can be happily crated, please give us a call so we can determine if it would fit into our "pack" to be included in the class.  

This class also fulfills the prerequisite for the 100 hour Canine Massage Therapy Certification - Level 1.  
The hours for this class are applied towards the 100 hour Canine Massage Therapy Certification - Level 2.

Canine Massage Therapy Certification - Level 1

Cost: $1,200 (Buy 3 get 1 free - when you pay $400 each for Modules 1, 2, and 3, there is NO charge for Module 4! You can pay for each module individually and still get this deal!)
Hours: 100 (NCBTMB approved for LMTs)
Pre-Requisite: Intro to Canine Massage and Intermediate Canine Massage OR Learn to Massage Your Dog
Note:  We always run Intro to Canine Massage and Intermediate Canine Massage classes two days before the first module so if you are from the area or coming in from out of town for this certification program, you will be able to get these pre-requisites completed.
Overview: The 100 Hour Canine Massage Therapy Certification program is broken down into 4 modules of 25 hours each. The modules must be taken in order and successful completion of each module is a requirement to proceed to the next module. This is the foundational massage therapy training when it comes to learning dog massage.
(A minimum of 4 participants is required and a maximum of 15 participants will be accepted for Module 1)


Module 1
In this 25 hour module, you will learn the Origin of Dogs, Canine Communications, Anatomy and Physiology (including anatomical directions, terminology, skeletal system/bones & joints, muscular system/the muscles of the forelimb), Special Populations/Palliative Care (including death & dying), Massage Benefits (including advanced indications, contraindications, & when to refer to a veterinarian), Palpation Exercises, Advanced Full Body Canine Massage Techniques (including review of basic massage strokes: effleurage, petrissage, skin rolling, compression, kneading, muscle squeezing, friction, vibration, and laying on of hands). 

Module 2
In this 25 hour module, you will learn Anatomy & Physiology (including Breeds & Conformation, the muscles of the hindlimb, the Systems of the body and how massage affects those systems), Kinesiology (including how to identify normal gait/movement and gait analysis for abnormal movement), Pathology (including pathologies affecting gait, common issues affecting breeds, common canine diseases and medications), and Integrating Assessment (gait analysis) & Therapeutic Massage Techniques (scar tissue massage/compensatory muscles) into a Full Body Canine Massage. 

Module 3
In this 25 hour module, you will learn Anatomy & Physiology (the muscles of the neck, trunk, and tail), Kinesiology (including movements specific to canine athletes), Hydrotherapy Treatments for the Canine (including uses of ice & heat, and when pool hydrotherapy might be indicated), Sports Massage Techniques, Allied Modalities (including aromatherapy/Canine Raindrop Technique, nutrition, Reiki/energy work, Puppy and Prenatal Massage Techniques, Scope of Practice, SOAP Notes and Record Keeping, Practice Management (including ethics, client communications, and marketing). 

Module 4
 
In this 25 hour internship you will be required to submit a binder with materials provided for you showing:
  • First Aid/CPR for Small Animals certificate
  • Documentation of Case Studies treating two different dogs with different pathologies for a minimum of 5 treatments per dog
  • Documentation of Canine Massage Therapy treatments on 10 different canines
  • A Lecture Presentation /Demonstration about Canine Massage Therapy to a minimum of 5 attendees
  • Documentation of 15 complimentary canine massages at a Health and Wellness or Dog Show/Competition

 

Canine Massage Therapy Certification - Level 2

Cost: $1,000 ($400 each for Modules 1 and 2, $200 for Module 3, there is NO charge for Module 4!) 
Hours: 100 (NCBTMB approved for LMTs) 
Pre-Requisite: Learn to Massage Your Dog class and/or successful completion of Canine Massage Therapy Level 1.  If you have 100 hours from another school, please contact us - we are happy to have you take the second 100 hours of training through us! 
Note:  We always run Learn to Massage Your Dog classes two days before the first module so if you are from the area or coming in from out of town for this certification program, you will be able to get these pre-requisites completed. 
Overview: The 100 Hour Canine Massage Therapy Certification program is broken down into 4 modules plus the Learn to Massage Your Dog class.  Modules 1 and 2 are hands' on "live" classes and are 25 hours each.  Module 3 is online and is 15 hours that can be taken any time after you start Module 1 of Level 1.  Module 4 is a 20 hour internship, which may be completed at any time after you start Module 1 of Level 2.  The modules are independent of each other and Modules 1 and 2 can be taken in any order. 

Module 1
In this 25 hour module, the focus is on Anatomy & Physiology (review of 60 muscles of the canine muscular system, review directions and systems, review bones and joints, more indepth bones and joints, advanced terminology) and Neuromuscular Therapy for Canines (review massage treatments and techniques specific to each treatment, trigger point work, friction, indepth palpation, problem areas for dogs). 

Module 2
In this 25 hour module, the focus is on Anatomy & Physiology (origin/insertion/action of 20 additional muscles and more indepth systems of the body), Advanced Hydrotherapy, Case Studies/Treatments/Outcomes, and Vision Boards.

Module 3
In this 15 hour module you will review Gait Analysis and Movement, Pathology (review pathology affecting gait, indepth pathologies affecting breeds, effects of surgery/treatments on joints, muscles, and fascia), Advanced Marketing Techniques (including website presence and other business tools), as well as Review for the NBCAAM.

Module 4
 
In this 25 hour internship you will be required to submit a binder showing:
  • Documentation of creation and implementation of a basic canine massage therapy course for dog owners.
 Completion of 200* hours of Canine Massage Therapy training allows students to sit for the NBCAAM national exam.  
Click here for more information about the NBCAAM, please click here: www.nbcaam.org/images/NBCAAM_Information.pdf
(A minimum of 4 participants is required and a maximum of 15 participants will be accepted for Module 2)
 
*Per the NBCAAM Website: "Massage or acupressure training for humans may count for a maximum of 50 hours of the required 200 hour total. Such human training is required to be topic specific, that is massage or acupressure techniques, Anatomy & Physiology, meridian theory or acupoint energetics, for example. The remaining 150 hours of massage or acupressure training or equivalent must be animal related."
 

 

Required Book Package for Advanced Canine Massage/Canine Massage Certification Program:

  • Canine Massage: A Complete Reference Manual, 2nd Edition, Jean-Pierre Hourdebaigt, LMT

  • Dog Anatomy: A Coloring Atlas, Robert Kainer, DVM, MS and Thomas O. McCracken, MS

  • Guide to the Dissection of the Dog, 7th Edition (preferred), Evans & DeLahunta

  • Balance Your Dog: Canine Massage, C. Sue Furman

Recommended:
  • The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs, Patricia McConnell


Abundant Life Massage, Inc.
Info@AbundantLifeMassage.com
941-445-9999 for Massage Therapy Appointments
941-554-6789 for Class/Continuing Education Questions 

 

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