What makes canine massage so important
Alleviates Muscle Restrictions – loosens knots and balances muscle tone.
Circulates Body Fluids – stimulates circulation of bodily fluid, strengthening the immune system.
Beneficial for Senior Dogs – eases pain from arthritis and increases flexibility.
Reduces Stress – releases endorphins which help calm and relax the body.
Behind the name
In 2013, I lost my dogs Astrid and Marco unexpectedly to cancer. I’m certain they were responsible for leading me on my path to canine massage therapy, so I wanted to build a name and logo in their honor when creating my brand.
While researching name ideas, I came across a pronunciation key using “oak” for the sound of the second syllable in Marco. Oak brought me to Ash. “Ash” reminded me of a group of kids that lived up the street from us a few years back, who mistakenly thought Astrid’s name was Ashtray (we lovingly called her Ashtray from then on). Ash trees represent healing; Oaks represent strength and stability. As a canine massage therapist, I believe these qualities are exactly what I strive to provide in my work – a healing touch to help build strength and stability to my canine clients.
So thanks to Astrid (Ash) and Marco (Oak) for lighting the way on this journey. And thanks to all of you for being a part of it.
After initial consult, costs vary based on session length and the individual needs of the dog. Services are provided in-home in the Greater St. Louis area or at The Pet Doctor in O'Fallon, MO. (Additional travel cost may apply to those outside the serviced area)
Canine massage therapy is not a replacement for veterinary care. We strongly recommend an integrated approach with all health care practices & practitioners.
and lasts approximately one hour
1/2 hour session
$200 for 6 (six) 30-minute sessions
$325 for 6 (six) 60-minute sessions
Alyson Snelling - NCCMT
Aside from her love of animals, Alyson is an avid gardener, foodie, and occasional knitter. She lives in Old Historic Ferguson with her husband Sam, their three rescue dogs Ibbie, Arturo, and Bishop, and two rescue cats Miles and Thelonius.