The benefits of reflexology on humans has been well established, and people practice it on themselves regularly. But recently, I’ve learned that people are using this practice on their pets, specifically on their dogs!
At first I was a little skeptical on the idea, but after looking into it I realized that there is grounds to it. It only makes sense – if reflexology is so good for us, how can it not be beneficial for our dogs? Our bodies, even though they are very different on the outside, work very similarly on the inside.
Benefits Of Dog Reflexology
A lot of our major systems work the same in dogs. And although we have hands and feet and they have paws, reflexology works almost the same. In fact, the same benefits we get from it, our pets share them as well.
Here’s what pet reflexology can do for our furry friends:
- Improve blood circulation
- Improve lymph circulation
- Build trust and bonding
- Aid in behavioural problems
- Disperse pain in tensed muscles
- Reduce stress and tension
- Restore mobility and flexibility
- Restore homeostasis
Dog Reflexology Guide
If you have performed reflexology on yourself, or even if you have never tried it but want to use it to benefit your pet, here are some easy steps to take. Reflexology is more than just rubbing your pet, like you may do everyday. There is purpose behind these pets.
Sit or lie down next to your pet, and wait until they are relaxed beside you. It is important for your pet to be relaxed so that you can be able to hold their paws without them scurrying away from you.
Step 2: Gently Touch The Paws
Begin to gently touch the paws. If your dog pulls it away, then they might not be ready to let you touch them, but that will pass with time – just be a little patient. Before you begin to apply pressure on the paws, make sure that your pup is okay with your touch.
Step 3: Begin Applying Pressure
Once your dog is ok with you touching their paws, you can begin applying pressure to the pads of their paws. Using your thumb and a finger, apply gentle pressure to each pad, and then once you do each pad, work in between the pads.
Step 4: Work The Ankles
Like us, dogs have pressure points around their feet and ankles. If your dog responds positively to reflexology on their paws, you can massage around their ankles with more gentle pressure.
This practice is very simple, and doesn’t take much time at all. You can repeat it as often as you want, and eventually your dog will begin asking YOU to do it for them.
Certain breeds of dog suffer from health ailments like hip dysplasia or arthritis and are more predisposed to them because of their genetics. But reflexology can help prevent the early onset of these ailments, and mitigate any pain associated with them.
You’ll love how easy dog reflexology is to do, and you’ll love what it can do for your pet. Enjoy!