Free initial phone consultation
Every new client will be given a free consultation over the phone before the first treatment can take place. Not only will we be recording your and your dog’s details but we will also discuss your dog’s health and possible concerns, contraindications, explain myofunctional therapy and what to consider before and after the treatment. We will give you an idea of a possible treatment plan and the associated costs.
The time you spend for the appointment is guided by your dog and may sometimes be shorter and other times longer depending on what is best for your dog on that day. We want to get to know the dog, settle them in, have a chat to the owner, perform a gait analysis and conduct the massage treatment in a calm and un-rushed manner. Your dog will not be massaged for a certain period of time but rather for as long as is beneficial to them. Please allow up to 90 minutes for the initial consultation and approx. 60 minutes for regular treatments.
For home visits between Childers, Burrum Heads, Hervey Bay and Maryborough the same pricing and time frames apply. For home visits in other areas please contact us. We’re happy to travel as far as Bundaberg and Gympie but need to negotiate a price to cover fuel costs. Maybe a few neighbours / friends/ farm / working dogs can be treated on the same day which will reduce travel costs and give you a discount. Just ask
(Diploma in Canine Myofunctional Therapy)
We all know that sharing our lives with dogs brings so many different responsibilities with it. Sometimes things go a little wrong and our dog may suffer from an injury, feel anxious, move less, show a limp, decrease in energy or may just be getting old and we feel we want to provide them with something that really helps them along without being invasive or expensive.
That’s why I have chosen to study and practise Canine Myofunctional Therapy (CMT). With my own dogs I have been through torn cruciate ligaments, sports activities, nervousness, rescue situations and have always wanted to treat them as naturally as possible and offer them preventative care whenever I could.
People spend money on vitamins and supplements to treat or try to prevent health issues when really the dog’s body is a self-healing super machine and Canine Massage can stimulate and promote the healing in this.
I invite you to the amazing journey to witness how CMT can help your dog’s body as well as mind.
Diploma in Canine Myofunctional Therapy through the National College of Traditional Medicine
Certificates in Dog Care, Dog Psychology and Behaviour
Certificate in Canine First Aid
Certificate in Canine Kinesiology Taping
Certificate in Canine Craniosacral Therapy
Studying Diploma of Nutrition for Companion Pets through NCTM
Need to know
PRIOR TO MAKING AN APPOINTMENT
What to Expect
During the massage the dog may lay down on the provided mats or their own bed, sofa, carpet etc. or they may choose to sit or stand. This is no problem, I want the dog to do what makes them feel comfortable so that they can get the most out of the treatment. Dogs are free to walk away; we do not restrain them as this ensures that they have a choice of how much treatment they want. We may break the massage into a few shorter parts. We also let them go for sniffies and potty breaks.
It is important for the dog to remain as calm as possible. It is preferable to use an air-conditioned space (during summer) as the dogs get rather warm when being palpated (this is passive sport for them!). While your dog is being treated we ask that the owner remains quiet, puts their phone on silent and we welcome you to read or sit with your dog.
Before Canine Myofunctional Therapy can be applied, we must rule out any contraindications. These are conditions where using massage could cause potential harm for example injuries, unknown health problems, pregnancy, pain, swelling, joint instabilities, fractures or may lead to exacerbation of existing situations such as burns, inflammation, haematomas, arthritis, recent muscle injury and similar problems. Due to massage working on a deep cellular level accessing all the systems, it influences a great range of body functions even though it is a topical treatment.
We will talk about this in the free initial phone consultation and guide you through a plan of treatment. Quite often it is just a matter of time or a certain region of the dog’s body before we can apply massage safely. The Dog Owner's Permission Form can be found on our website or you can fill this out at your first appointment. It outlines the contraindications, asks for details on vaccinations and worming and makes recommendations for vet approval (if necessary). We want to work in a holistic way and welcome the liaison with your veterinary clinic. Please click below for the Vet Referral / Approval Form
Before and After Massage Care
Your dog is receiving a holistic (whole body!) clinical (medical) massage treatment in the form of Canine Myofunctional Therapy. This does not only affect the musculo-skeletal aspect of their body but greatly influences their entire body through the cardiovascular, lymphatic, nervous, respiratory, digestive and endocrine (hormonal) systems.
The effects of the massage take place not only during the treatment but especially afterwards so it is important to understand that there is a lot going on in their body and mind to “digest” and consolidate the treatment. This is the healing process.
Please support your dog by letting their body rest and heal after the massage (even though you can’t see it) so the treatment can be effective.
Before the massage:
No food (2 hours) as massage affects digestion
No exuberant exercise, play or excitement (we don’t want the adrenaline to be up) as massage affects the nervous system
Short calm walk to eliminate (pee & poo)
Check our contraindications list and fill out the permission form
After the massage:
Provide stress free environment (consider other pets, children, outings, visitors)
Dog may be chewing, twitching in their sleep (this is a good sign as their body is reflecting on the treatment)
Dog may drink more
You may notice increased elimination (pee, poo and gas as the lymphatic system is detoxing)
Certificate of Excellence in Animal Anatomy and Physiology
Member of the Small Animal & Equine Naturopathic Association (SAENA)
"Christina has an incredible ability to connect with your dog and knows exactly what they need. Her kind and humane approach to getting to know your dog has made all the difference to our consult as my dog Sadie is timid when she is in a new environment. I have also seen a noticeable difference in her movement and confidence as she doesn't seem to be as sore. Thank you Christina from Sadie and I".
Jane Gorton, Bundaberg
"Upon arrival my dog was relaxed as he smelt his way around the outdoor garden and introduced himself to lovely Christina. I loved that it was unhurried and when he was ready, we went inside.
Christina has an amazing aura with dogs; my dog normally isn’t as obedient and watching him enjoy her touch, lying down when asked and really being in the moment of bliss…… made me so happy!!"
Rochelle Anderson, Hervey Bay
"After Gemma tore both her cruciate ligaments a few years ago her movement was of course limited and she put on weight. With regular massages she now has her full mobility back and is a bouncy 11 year old. Best thing is that she is no longer in pain and enjoys playtime and walks again."
Allan Hogben, Toogoom
12-year-old "Wizzard" improved so much after his first session of canine massage. He limped less and walked much more confidently the day after. Since then he seems happier and has become more mobile. He enjoys the therapy and after a few more treatments he now gets up and down a lot easier. I'm impressed!
Anne Kerlin, Urangan
Christina is amazing! Our 13 year old Charmer has been a different dog since starting his treatment with Goodness for Paws. Pain and stiffness was keeping him uncomfortable on his walks, and unsettled at home. From the first treatment there was a marked change, and he keeps on improving. He's moving and walking with ease, is more energetic and a much happier boy. He just loves the massage - and is totally blissed out during and after each treatment. Christina is so caring, skilled and knowledgeable, and has a genuine connection with dogs. I can't recommend her services highly enough and look forward to her helping Charmer to continue to age well.
Melissa Davis, Urangan
Benefits of Canine Myofunctional Therapy
Reduces pain, compensation and dysfunction
Your dog will be able to increase their stride length, range of motion and improve overall joint movement as the musculature will strengthen and positive proprioception (resetting the muscle memory pattern) will be initiated. This allows for a natural gait and will help prevent musculo-skeletal injuries from happening.