Hello! I'm Sara. I am a professionally-trained clinical canine massage therapist, providing remedial soft tissue therapy and performance massage treatments to pet, working and sports dogs, with the aim of delivering results that you can see and your dog can feel in as few as 1 to 3 treatment sessions.
It was further to receiving powerfully successful soft tissue therapy myself (following injuries to my shoulder, ankle and thumb), and seeing how physical therapies could make a noticeable difference to the physical and psychological well-being of dogs when I was working in dog rescue and rehoming, that I felt driven to find out what opportunities there might be for me to provide similar treatments to dogs, to help them (and by association their owners) to live healthier, happier lives.
My research led me to Natalie Lenton's Canine Massage Therapy Centre, where I was delighted to be offered a place on the intensive and externally accredited 2 year Therapeutic Canine Massage Diploma (now called the Clinical Canine Massage Practitioner Programme), which I successfully completed in 2015.
Upon completion of my Diploma, I became a member of the Canine Massage Guild - the professional body for clinical canine massage therapists in the UK - which promotes safe practice and high standards including continuing professional development amongst its members.
Through the Guild, I am proud to be a contributing member to the first ever clinical trials taking place on clinical canine massage therapy, which are being undertaken by the University of Winchester and University Centre Sparsholt, to determine the the efficacy of clinical canine massage therapy and, specifically, the Lenton Method®, which is utilised by all members of the Canine Massage Guild.
Complete Canine Massage Therapy is fully-insured with Balens.
As a canine health practitioner, I believe it is not only my pleasure but my responsibility to continually develop my knowledge, understanding and practical skills, both in relation to the anatomical, physiological and biomechanical workings of the canine body, and to the various techniques which can be applied by a clinical massage therapist to help restore, maintain and enhance the healthy functioning of the dog's soft tissues and other body systems.
I am committed to lifelong learning to ensure that I am always providing the very best service possible to my canine clients and their owners, and since completing my Canine Massage Diploma, I have continued to develop my knowledge and skills, incorporating further specialist training with the Canine Massage Therapy Centre including:
Advanced Myofascial Release
Facilitated Stretching for the Canine Patient
Advanced Deep Tissue Techniques
Manual Lymphatic Drainage
Neuromuscular Facilitation (Advanced Trigger Point Manipulation)
In addition, further to achieving a degree in Animal Welfare and Behaviour with Distinction from the University of the West of England in 2011, I have been providing dog training services through the other arm of my business, Complete Canine Dog Training, and have continued to to develop my knowledge and skills through practical workshops, online courses, seminars, webinars, conferences and private study, with organisations and individuals who are leading the field in dog behaviour and training research and education. I am a proud member of The Pet Professional Guild - The Association for Force-Free Professionals.
I am also a certified Dog First Aider.
What clients say
"When we first met Sara I thought my dear old lab was literally on his last legs. The vet had been unable to reassure me of any improvement. Henry was limping badly and generally out of sorts despite daily medication. Sara's fantastic massage technique soon has Henry enjoying a blissful state of complete relaxation and freedom from discomfort. A course of treatments is keeping muscle stiffness at bay, ironing out all the creases, increasing his mobility and much improving his general well-being. Not only has Sara lifted Henry's spirits but mine also. Her home visits are so convenient and much looked forward to by us both. Sara has also given us much advice on ways in which we can help our arthritic dog continue to enjoy a good life - we only wish we had met her years ago."
Linda and Henry the Labrador