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.

Intro to Canine Massage

Cost: $95 (If you and a friend or family member register together, the cost is only $90/person)
Hours: 6 (NCBTMB approved for LMTs)
Overview: In this 6 hour class, you will not only find out what is so exciting about pet massage, but you learn the benefits of dog massage, indications and contra-indications, when to refer to a vet, basic canine anatomy, several different massage strokes, and ultimately a full-body canine relaxation massage routine. Dogs are provided for you to massage and palpate the first 4 hours of class and if you have a dog that "plays well with others" you may bring it along to the final class (or final 2 hours if taken as a 1 day class) to demonstrate the skills you have learned and to get feedback from the instructors to make the experience the best for you and your furry friend. If you need to borrow a dog from us for the last two hours of class, we have several doggie friends who are all raising their paws right now to be picked just for you!


Intermediate Canine Massage


Cost: $125 (If you and a friend or family member register together, the cost is only $120/person)
Hours: 8 (NCBTMB approved for LMTs)
Pre-Requisite: Intro to Canine Massage
Overview: In this 8 hour class, you will learn 22 bones of the canine skeletal system, 15 muscles, basic canine hydrotherapy, and a full canine stretching routine with range of motion which you will integrate into the full-body canine relaxation massage you learned in the Intro to Canine Massage class. Dogs are provided for you to massage and palpate the first 6 hours of class and if you have a dog that "plays well with others" you may bring it along to the final class (or final 2 hours) to demonstrate the skills you have learned and to get feedback from the instructors to make the experience the best for you and your furry friend. If you need to borrow a dog from us the final class (or final 2 hours if taken as a 1 day class), we have several doggie friends who are all raising their paws right now to be picked for a dog massage!

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 class, you will learn everything that is in the Intro and Intermediate Canine Massage Classes PLUS techniques specific to working with canine athletes.  This class also fulfills the prerequisite for the 100 hour Canine Massage Therapy Certification Level 1 and is included in the 100 hour Canine Massage Therapy Certification Level 2 courses.


Maintaining Police K9s  and Working Dogs with Massage

Cost: $125
Hours: 8 (NCBTMB approved for LMTs)
Pre-Requisite: None
Overview: In this 8 hour class, you will learn palpation exercises and gait analysis to determine injury or lameness, massage and stretching techniques specific to the major muscle groups used by
Police K9s and Working Dogs, as well as warm-up and cool-down exercises to prepare these special canines for a day of working out in the field.  Class participants will be the only person to massage their own dogs to honor the bond that has been created between these partners.  You may also request to learn the techniques on a dog that we provide, if you prefer, so you can safely transfer the techniques to your dog outside of the classroom setting.  We will travel around the country to teach this class.  Please feel free to contact us to make arrangements with your organization.

Advanced Canine Massage

Cost: $1,200
Hours: 75 (NCBTMB approved for LMTs)
Pre-Requisite: Intro to Canine Massage and Intermediate Canine Massage OR Learn to Massage Your Dog
Overview: In this 75 hour course, dog lovers are given the opportunity to learn the most advanced massage therapy techniques for use on their own dogs. Participants will take the first 3 Modules of the Canine Massage Therapy Level 1 course however will not be required to take the written exams, will not complete the externship for Module 4, and will receive an "Award of Participation" instead of a "Certificate of Completion", which is reserved for those successfully completing the 100 hour Canine Massage Therapy Level . Please see the descriptions below for each module. Because we hold the highest standard of ethics, participants in the Advanced Canine Massage course will also be required to sign a written agreement that they will never perform canine massage for compensation. You may always convert your "Award of Participation" to a "Certificate of Completion" later by passing the exams for each module and successfully completing Module 4 below. If you would like to have a career where you can receive compensation for canine massage, please refer to the Canine Massage Therapy Certification description below. (A minimum of 4 participants is required and a maximum of 15 participants will be accepted for Module 1)

Canine Massage Therapy 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 ultimate in massage therapy continuing education 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)
 

Canine Massage Therapy Level 1: Module 1

Cost: $400
In this 25 hour course you will learn the Origin of Dogs, Canine Communications, Anatomy and Physiology (including anatomical directions, terminology, skeletal system, bones & joints, muscular system, origin/insertion/action of 60+ muscles), 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).

Canine Massage Therapy Level 1: Module 2

Cost: $400
In this 25 hour course you will learn Anatomy & Physiology (including Breeds & Conformation, the remaining 7 Systems of the body and how massage affects those systems), Kinesiology (including how to identify normal gait and movement, gait analysis), Pathology (including pathologies affecting gait, common issues affecting breeds, common canine diseases and medications), and Integrating Assessment & Therapeutic Massage Techniques into a Full Body Canine Massage. 


Canine Massage Therapy Level 1: Module 3

Cost: $400
In this 25 hour course you will learn 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, nutrition, cranio-sacral therapy, Reiki/T-Touch), Puppy and Prenatal Massage Techniques, Scope of Practice, SOAP Notes and Record Keeping, Canine Practice Management (including ethics, client communications, and marketing). 


Canine Massage Therapy Level 1: Module 4

Cost: FREE!
In this 25 hour internship you will be required to submit:
  • Red Cross First Aid for Small Animals certificate
  • 2 Case Studies treating different pathologies, for a minimum of 5 treatments each
  • 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 Canine Event.

 

Canine Massage Therapy 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.  Modules 1 and 2 are hands' on live classes and are 25 hours each.  Module 3 is online and is 18 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. 

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 1)
 
*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


665 S. Orange Avenue, Suite 8
Sarasota, FL 34236
info@abundantlifemassage.com 
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941-445-9999 - Class/Continuing Education Questions

 

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