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It's often mistakenly assumed that canine massage and bodywork is an indulgence,
when in fact there are many health and behavioral benefits.
Benefits of Massage
  • Relieves pain

  • Improves flexibility and range of motion

  • Improves circulation

  • Speeds recovery following exercise, injury or surgery

  • Stimulates the movement of lymphatic fluid

  • Stimulates peristalsis (relaxation of the muscles of the intestine)

  • Improves tone and elasticity of the skin

Massage Theory

Massage is systematic and intentional - often problems are detected that might otherwise  go unnoticed. Massage is soothing, comforting, and relaxing. Massage is different from petting as it helps keep many body systems working well. It supports the circulation of blood and lymph fluids (which helps the immune system), helps joints stay flexible and well lubricated and reduces the buildup of adhesions in muscle and joint tissue.


Particularly good times to consider scheduling a massage would be if you bring a new pet into the home, if there is a stressful event happening such as moving, before your pet undergoes any medical procedures (i.e. dentals or surgery) or anytime

their physical activity increases.

Our Team

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Denise is lead instructor and co-founder of

Canis Bodyworks, a leader in the field of canine massage therapy and professional training.


As a clinical massage therapist, athletic trainer, dog trainer and veterinary rehabilitation therapist, she provides the benefits of this work for young developing puppies, anxious dogs, dogs aversive to touch, dogs with orthopedic, and neurological issues, overuse syndromes, soft tissue injuries, pre and post surgical, palliative and hospice care, preventive wellness care, pet parent education and free consults. 


To schedule an appointment at The Puddle

with Denise, please contact her directly at


For more information, you may also visit


30 minutes $75.00

60 minutes $105.00

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