How does massage work?

By increasing the circulation of blood and lymph to the skin and underlying muscles, massage allows the tissues to relax stretch and maintain a healthy tone.

What conditions can benefit from massage?

Massage therapy can be appropriate for a variety of acute and chronic conditions including:

  • Trauma or soft tissue injuries to muscle, tendon and ligaments.
  • Sports injuries or performance related problems in the canine athlete.
  • The management of problems such as osteoarthritis and hip dysplasia.
  • Post-orthopaedic surgery.
  • Reduced function, stiffness and muscle weakness in ageing dogs.
  • Some neurological conditions.
  • Aids some behaviour problems.
  • Reducing stress and tension.

What is involved in a massage treatment?

To minimise any stress to your dog, I usually carryout the treatment in your own home, where your dog is relaxed in familiar surroundings.

A short questionnaire is followed by a full assessment of movement and muscle condition before any massage takes place. Each massage session is tailored to individual requirements and can include myofascial techniques, muscle energy techniques as well as classical massage moves, followed by appropriate stretching exercises. An aftercare programme based on your dog’s requirements is supplied.

My background

I grew up with working gun dogs and have been involved with dog training for many years in both Dog Agility and Working Trials.

When one of my dogs Molly, developed a spinal problem I was very impressed by how much she benefited from Canine Massage Therapy. I decided to find out more about the techniques and trained with ICAT to became a qualified Massage Therapist.

I work on dogs of all sizes from pets to working and racing dogs .I am experienced in treating a wide range of conditions andhave achieved benefits to both dogs and owners.

For more information please contact me.



01761 241516

07791 740660

Full member of Animal Massage Association (AMA)

Veterinary permission is required before any massage can take place. Dogs are usually seen in their own home.

As an ICAT therapist, Pippa Bentham holds full Public Liability and Malpractice Insurance.

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