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Natural Awakenings Lehigh Valley

Massage and Bodywork Beneficial for Pets


Kathleen M. Sterner will present Massage and Bodywork for Your Pet, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., August 12, at Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center.

Pets may experience soft tissue damage in their daily lives just as humans do. According to Sterner, therapeutic massage can provide significant relief, stimulate healing and promote stress reduction and relaxation. Other benefits include enhancing performance by increasing range of motion, maintaining muscle tone and joint flexibility, increasing blood and lymph circulation, increasing oxygen to reduce muscle spasms, flushing toxins from muscles and joints, relieving discomfort from arthritis, lameness and hip dysplasia, improving disposition, preventing injuries, stimulating areas affected postoperatively, recovering from skeletal and muscular surgery or injury and relieving muscle pain by releasing endorphins. A dog will be provided for practice, but the strokes learned may also be applied to felines. Basic knowledge of massage therapy strokes is helpful but not necessary.

Cost: $148. The workshop is approved for seven national CEUs. Location: 628 Twin Ponds Rd., Breinigsville. To register, call Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center at 610-695-3355 or visit 

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