Stretch `N` Flex
Learn How To Stretch Your Dog To Improve Their Mobility & Flexibility
Short tight muscles restrict blood flow and prevent full range of motion as well as causing, soreness, stiffness and discomfort. A pain-tension-pain cycle then begins which can be difficult to break. If any of these sound like your dog then they will really benefit from attending the ‘Stretch ‘N’ Flex Workshop:
- Coat Changes
- Twitches down back
- Excessive stretching or very little self stretching
- Agility/Flyball/Obedience/Working Dogs
- Uneven nail wear
- Tight skin
- Reluctant to be touched in an area OR
- Constantly presenting an area to be touched eg: Neck, Rump
This 1 day workshop will teach you how to correctly and safely stretch your dog and will also dispel some of the common stretching myths that can actually do more than good to your dog. Learn with us and get it right first time, every time!
Stretching Workshop for Dogs
- An individual assessment of your dog ROM (Range of Motion) Its important to recognise that all dogs are different so what is a ‘normal’ stretch for one dog may be too difficult for another. We take the panic out of this for you by continually assessing your dogs ROM before, during and after the programme of stretches. Stretching is not a competition and all breeds have their own ROM, we show you how.
- Injury Assessment – what may be stopping your dog from ‘reaching’ their full stretch potential
- Basic Massage Technique & Group Warm Up (pray for nice weather ‘cause we’re going outside!)
- Joints – Locate your dogs main joints and learn their actions
- Common Diseases & Issues of Joints
- Passive Stretching – Its a fallacy that passive stretching increases injury risk and its also a fallacy that ‘you cant stretch a dog’, you can as long as its done safely. Your tutor for the day is not only a Professional Canine Masseuse but also Human Masseuse who has studied Level 3 Swedish, Level 4 Advanced Sports Massage and holds a Diploma in Myofascial Release. She is going to show you how its done the way it should be!
- Active Stretching – Getting your dog to participate in their own routine is not only great fun for them and you but done properly active stretching actually helps
And a few safety notes….
Please note: Orthopaedic Issues such as Hip Dysplasia, Spondylosis, Arthritis, Luxating Patella etc.. are always taken into account to ensure your dog receives a safe stretching routine.
Stretching isn’t a competition; every breed of dog has their own Range Of Movement, there is no competitive element in the class at all as each dog is VERY individual
Do we perform MET and PNF on the workshop? No, these methods of stretching rely on the active and conscious participation of the person by holding different types of contractive states eg: isometric and therefore cannot be done with any animal.
Your tutor for the day is not only a Professional Canine Masseuse but also Human Masseuse who has studied VTCT Level 3 Swedish Massage, VTCT Level 4 Advanced Sports Massage and holds a Diploma in Myofascial Release (Dip MFR). Natalie brings together all of her knowledge to ensure your dog gets the best routine possible!
This workshop is for all dogs, from agility stars to pet dogs, active dogs to senior ones we look forward to seeing you there!
For full details about the day, see our Courses page here https://www.k9-massage.co.uk/courses/stretch-n-flex/
NB: Due to time constraints we only run this workshop once a year so book today!
Date: Sunday 13th September 2020 – CANCELLED due to Coronavirus
Why not stay overnight and do our Advanced Massage Techniques Workshop as well! Accommodation suggestions in the area can be found here Accommodation list . Please do not reserve accommodation until we are able to confirm that the workshop will go ahead. Full refunds will be made if unable to run due to Government advice regarding Coronavirus.
Location: Bournheath Village Community Centre, Bromsgrove, B61 9LA
Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm
Price: £114 (inc VAT) per person
PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE AN ADMIN FEE SHOULD YOU NEED TO TRANSFER OR CANCEL YOUR WORKSHOP BOOKING.
It is essential that you have access to a dog that you can bring with you and participate in the workshop with. We are often asked about bringing dogs that are nervous or not very good with other dogs. You are reminded that there will be 11 other participants on the course and whilst we will endeavour to ensure that you are in the most appropriate location in the room, each attendee is ultimately responsible for their own actions and their dogs. We ask that you give everyone the courtesy of space and that you do not allow your dog to interfere with any others. We also want you to be able to learn and have an enjoyable day which may be impeded if you are trying to control a disruptive dog! We are sorry but we are unable to provide you with a dog if you are unable to bring one with you!
We also remind you that we will not tolerate leaving dogs in cars on hot days. If you need to bring additional dogs with you, please ensure that you have an appropriate cage to enable them to settle with you in the hall but space is limited!