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Canine and Feline     Acupressure 

About: Acupressure is a non invasive modality that has been practiced for over 3000 years in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Acupressure involves using a thumb or finger to stimulate points along channels, called meridians that run all over the body. It is believed that activating these points allows the proper flow of Qi (life force energy) to run the meridians, as well as release tension and allow blood to flow properly. Acupressure stimulates the same points as acupuncture but without needles. Acupressure practitioners have the added benefit of being able to feel changes within the point as they work which helps the practitioner know more about what the animal needs. 



Lunch break at NWSAM

Enjoying a lunch break with one of the great dogs I worked with at my practical

Benefits of acupressure and areas of influence: 

  • Arthritis

  • recovery from recent surgery

  • Spinal injury or conditions

  • Allergies and asthma

  • Depression and Anxiety

  • Chronic conditions

  • Gastrointestinal issues

  • Fertility issues

  • Endocrine conditions

  • comfort during terminal diseases

  • relaxation

Marley at Cannon Beach

Certification: I received my Small Animal Acupressure Practitioner certificate through the Northwest School of Animal Massage, the same amazing school where I got certified in massage.  It was an intense course with lots to study and it included a 5 day practical where I was able to put all the things I learned to work. Studying Traditional Chinese Medicine is said to be a life long journey, a journey I am excited to continue to be on. Seeing the body as a whole and not just parts was where it really clicked for me and opened my mind to a whole new amazing world. 

Whitney Gassaway Acupressure Certification
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