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, which reminded me of a mistaken name of Ashtray for Astrid (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 and Metro East area or at Back On Track 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.
1/2 hour session
1 hour session
$250 for 6 (six) 30-minute sessions
$425 for 6 (six) 60-minute sessions
45 min session
Virtual guided massage
Session time: 20-30 minutes
Gift Cards are available for purchase online:
Alyson Snelling - NCCMT, CCFT, RP
Additionally, Alyson is an attuned Animal and Human Reiki Practitioner, Fear Free™ certified, and has been involved with several local rescue groups as both a foster parent and volunteer. She is dedicated to continuing to build her knowledge of canine massage, holistic modalities, animal behavior and communication. Her goal as a Canine Massage Therapist is to provide comfort and healing to those in need, and educate parents on helping maintain a healthy lifestyle for their pets.
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 and their rescue dogs Ibbie, Arturo, Bishop, and Georgia.