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With great thanks to Rachel Fraser from Leaps and Bounds Canine Massage Therapy in Morpeth, Northumberland

“After having to leave work due to a stressful job that I could no longer bear, I was searching for a career that would be rewarding, enjoyable and one that would support my health and encourage mindfulness whilst I work. In addition to this, my own dog was suffering with an orthopaedic condition and it opened my eyes to complementary therapies that are available to support dogs.

I researched Canine Massage Therapy and the 2-year Clinical Canine Massage Practitioner Programme with the Canine Massage Therapy Centre blew me away. My background includes a Degree in Sport & Exercise Science (with the following disciplines: nutrition, physiology, biomechanics, psychology) a Masters in Nutrition for sports performance, and a PGCE in Primary teaching, so I have high standards when it comes to sports performance, rehab work and my expectations of what a course should be able to offer a learner.

It was clear that this courses stood out against other courses on the market, both in the UK and abroad and the only one I was willing to apply for, due to the level of theory and practical competencies that were required to pass, in addition to the professionalism the course projected. I was also impressed by the Clinical Trials that were being conducted with Winchester University and the level of support the Canine Massage Guild offers upon completion.

The first year of theory, in anatomy and physiology, pathologies and gait analysis, was essential and very well constructed to ensure learners had a sufficient level of knowledge before even entering the classroom. The classroom environment was incredibly friendly, supportive and fun but it was clear that students needed to achieve a level of competency to uphold the professionalism and standards of the course and to fully support the dogs in our care.

At all times Natalie instils our duty of care to the dogs, their owners and the consenting vets and that this therapy most definitely isn’t something that can be done by just anyone with a pair of hands! Learning the Lenton Method was such an amazing experience, an incredible amount of thought and planning had obviously gone in in order to deliver such a complex technique and to make these advanced skills accessible to learners. The tutor team, Sam, Catherine and Hannah as well as Natalie were excellent at guiding you through learning and ensured that each student was challenged and supported in equal measure. The practical days were always engaging, and it was clear that a lot of thought had gone into planning with not only the material and the techniques, but the amazing dogs and their owners who come in for clinic days for the students to work with.

The tutor team were adept at structuring the day to include all the information necessary but in a way that complimented the energy of the learning environment and what learners required on their journeys. From my background in teaching I know how difficult this can be to achieve, especially when you have a classroom of 10 dogs, 10 students and sometimes 10 owners! Continued learning was in the form of online support sessions via zoom, online lectures and an externship, which is where you get out there and start case studies. Time was provided for case analysis and debrief in the classroom and you are coached in how to write vet reports, which I found essential to becoming a paraprofessional working in the veterinary industry. Both helped to further our knowledge and understanding, and principally the externship offered learners the opportunity to practice the skills and processes that are required when practicing as a canine massage therapist, so you are fully prepared on what to expect when you set up your own practice.

Natalie’s passion for canine massage therapy is unrivalled and she is wholly dedicated to her students’ success. This course has been life changing for me and I want to take this opportunity to thank Natalie, Sam, Catherine, Hannah and their glorious dogs for their support, encouragement, and patience; and for sharing their wisdom to progress in such a rewarding career. It truly has been life changing and I feel so privileged to have a job working with such wonderful animals, trying to help each dog live their very best life. If there is something missing in your job and working with dogs calls to you, I can whole heartedly recommend this course. It has been everything I dreamed of and so much more! ”

Rachel Fraser – Leaps & Bounds Canine Massage Therapy…/rachael-fraser/

Download the Clinical Canine Massage Practitioner Programme here…/prospectus_online-2018.pdf

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Vreli Middleton, K9 Bodyworks, Devon & Cornwall

I thoroughly researched all the canine massage training courses available, including those in the US, before deciding this course what I was looking for. I felt it had far better structure, content and professionalism and covered advanced techniques all others lacked.
With the theory part of the course work Natalie guides you through the dog from the inside outwards, anatomy, physiology, orthopaedic conditions, pathologies, everything that is essential before you even get your hands on a dog. She is always available if you need anything explained or expanded on, to make sure you pass your modules as you work through them. Continue reading Vreli Middleton, K9 Bodyworks, Devon & Cornwall

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Sarah E Symonds – Natures Assistance

As an Advanced Clinical Massage Therapist for humans with over 11 years clinical experience – encountering numerous conditions from simple strains and sprains to the more complex musculoskeletal injuries – and also being a teacher of Clinical Massage and Myofascial release with the Jing Institute, I know only too well how beneficial massage and soft tissue work can be for our health and wellbeing. Continue reading Sarah E Symonds – Natures Assistance

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Penny Warren, Bristol K9 Massage

I have had dogs all my life and when I came to a crossroad in my career I decided it was time to follow my dream to work with dogs. I had met Nat at an agility show a few years before where she did a muscular health check for my old boy Bob. After watching her palpate my dog and listening to her talk about canine massage I began to realise how my dogs would benefit from massage never dreaming that I could do it myself. Continue reading Penny Warren, Bristol K9 Massage

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Karen (Ren) Glass Canine Motion – Dog Massage Therapy, Somerset

Doing the Diploma in Canine Massage Therapy has completely turned my life around. Having looked at other courses on offer I felt this one was the most comprehensive and detailed. I was slightly apprehensive at the start as I dropped Biology before O’ level, hadn’t studied for 20+ years. I wondered how I would get on with the Anatomy and Physiology. I really had nothing to be concerned about. Nat makes everything come alive and her ‘can do’ positive approach is infectious, as is her enthusiasm for Massage Therapy. Continue reading Karen (Ren) Glass Canine Motion – Dog Massage Therapy, Somerset

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Judy Chappell, Canine Masseuse and Groomer, CANIS Ltd, Witney, Oxfordshire

“Nat has made each of us feel special whilst we have been training with her – she has guided us every step of the way particularly when we were struggling with the volume and difficulty of some of the modules, helping with clarifications on all the questions that we could come up with, showing us as many times as we have needed how to carry out certain techniques, even down to making sure that we were fed and watered on the practical weekends, providing us with a wealth of practical tips and advice along the way to help us as therapists: its impossible to list all the ways she has helped us during the course. Continue reading Judy Chappell, Canine Masseuse and Groomer, CANIS Ltd, Witney, Oxfordshire

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Joanne Weston, Nottingham. Jasmine Canine Massage

I first tried canine massage when I purchased the DVD “Canine Massage Therapy in 3 easy steps” from Natalie’s stand at Crufts.

The result of following the massage routine with my own dog was far more impressive than I thought it would be.I soon recognised the potential of therapeutic massage for all dogs and discovered the 2 year Canine Massage Diploma run by Natalie on her website. Continue reading Joanne Weston, Nottingham. Jasmine Canine Massage