Dog Massage Workshops

For Beginners & Sports Enthusiasts

I learnt so much and can highly recommend the class.

The teacher is great and my dog Merlin loved it and has been so chilled tonight.   

I have learnt so much to help him with his arthritis”

Nicola & Merlin

Learn How to Massage Your Own Dog At Home

Angela Day from Born to Run is one of a handful of Instructors in the UK fully licensed & specialised to deliver these one-day massage workshops.  Fun, interactive, and information-packed, these workshops are for you if you’ve always wanted to learn how to massage your own dog at home.

Working with your own dog for the day not only will you learn life-changing massage techniques and routines you will explore the wonderful anatomy beneath your dog’s skin.

You will be taught the skills to able to massage your dog safely in the comfort of your own home.

Perfect for muscular maintenance between your dog’s regular massage treatments!

Canine Massage Workshops For Beginners & Sports

Perci's lameness was resolved with Born to Run massage

I attended the Canine Sports Massage day with my hyperactive Canicross Sprocker. 

I thoroughly enjoyed the whole course and I feel confident to use it on my dogs at home.

I recommend it to everyone with dogs.

Jo and Tess

What to Expect

By the end of this 1 Day Workshop, you will be able to give your dog a full-body 40-minute Swedish massage routine to help loosen stiff, sore, tight muscles, improve their comfort levels and sense of wellbeing.

Over the last 10 years, thousands of dog owners have learned how to massage their own dog at home with this interactive, fun, and informative workshop.

Born to Run Workshops are Suitable For

  • Dog lovers and those passionate about the health and longevity of their dogs
  • Pet Dogs
  • Dogs with Arthritis/Hip Dysplasia
  • Active younger dogs
  • Senior or ageing dogs
  • Dogs who are slowing down
  • Agility or Sporting/Working Dogs
  • Dogs who have stopped doing the things they once did e.g.: get on/off the sofa, in/out of the car
  • Owners looking to help support their dog’s physiotherapy needs
  • Owners who are looking to enable a better quality of life
  • People interested in natural or complementary healthcare
  • Professionals for Continuing Professional Development. This is a self-interest workshop only.
Beginners Guide to Massage Workshop
What You Will Learn

The science behind how and why massage works in addition to the positive physiological and psychological effects it has on our dogs.

Tutorial 1 – Canine Anatomy Fundamentals

Working with your own dog you’ll discover:-

  • How to locate bony landmarks and why it’s critical before starting any massage routine
  • How to locate your dogs main muscle groups
  • How to spot subtle signs of muscular injury in your dog

Tutorial 2 Swedish Massage Practice

  • Learn a massive 9 techniques from the discipline of a Swedish massage.
  • Learn & practice passive range of movement – safely and in alignment!
  • As a matter of Best Practice, we ensure that each and every dog attending my workshop has full-body palpation.  This is a muscular health check which may flag up areas of muscular issue and pain or joint concerns that may mean a certain type of technique or passive range of motion may not be suitable for them.  This way we can ensure that each dog is given the appropriate massage techniques for that individual.

The muscular health check is offered to your dog as a free service and therefore does not incur any extra charge.

Tutorial 3 Guided Routine and time for Self-guided practice.

I will be demonstrating, and then guiding you as you apply the knowledge from the day to give your dog a full body 40 Swedish massage routine!

There is also time allocated for self-guided practice.  I will be on hand to answer any of your questions and to ensure you are comfortable, competent, and confident in your techniques and practice before you return home.

Massage for the Sporting Dog
What You Will Learn

You will learn the science behind massage and its applications in sport and how pre and post-event massage helps to enhance and prolong your dogs sporting life and reduces the likelihood of injury.

Tutorial 1 – Canine Anatomy Fundamentals

Working with your own dog you’ll discover:-

  • How to locate bony landmarks and why it’s critical before starting any massage routine
  • How to locate your dog’s main muscle groups
  • How to spot subtle signs of muscular injury in your dog before they become a performance issue.

Tutorial 2 – Applied Massage

  • 9 massage techniques.  I show you how to massage correctly and confidently by applying a specific number of techniques that work on different fibre directions and layers of muscle to improve their ability to lengthen and contract.

Tutorial 3 – The Pre & Post Event Massage Routine Practice ….PLUS an added bonus…

  • Pre Event Massage.  Learn how to apply a 5-10 minute full body pre-event massage to improve performance and reduce the risk of injury
  • Post Event Massage (Cool Down). Learn how to apply a 5-10 minute full body post-event massage
  • Maintain and Gain at Home:
  • PLUS A BONUS  ……   Learn how to mix up your massage techniques from earlier in the day with the bonus relaxation-inducing massage beneficial for both the body and the mind.

Born to Run, Massage Therapy, Core Conditioning & Fitness Classes & Workshops

for the dogs of Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich, Lavenham, Stowmarket, Newmarket, Thetford, Diss, Wickhambrook, Dunmow.

Not in these areas?  Don’t worry we are also online!

Frankie

I have been a police dog handler for 15 years  The one-day canine massage course for the agility and sporting dog was an eye-opener. I have come away from the course with the knowledge that will help me to maintain the health and fitness of my dogs.  If you want to achieve the best from your dog in your chosen sport this course should take the top spot.

Amanda & Frankie (Active Retired Police Dog) 

Aggie Mae

I learnt heaps that I didn’t already know.

It was a fun day, packed with useful techniques, Angela is a great teacher and the whole day was very relaxing and enjoyable for all.

My girl Aggie is one happy pup and we would recommend the course to everyone

Mel & Aggie Mae

Selune

I attended Beginners Guide to Canine Massage to see if that could help my dog with her compensating issues from an earlier injury.
It met all my expectations and much more!
I can really recommend this workshop to everyone.
Angela is teaching in an easy-to-understand but still thorough way.
Cicci & Selune

Drake

Yesterday I spent the day learning new techniques at the beginners canine massage workshop, hosted and run by the lovely

Angela Day at born to run.
Drake settled straight away which was fabulous to see.
I’d highly recommend this workshop along with the canine conditioning workshops and classes Angela also runs.
Tracey & Drake

Tess

I attended the Caine sports massage day with my hyperactive Sprocker. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole course and which lots of methods which I feel confident to use on my dogs at home. Tess found the day very exciting and found it difficult to settle but Angela was very patient with us and when Tess did relax into the massage she fell into a relaxing sleep. I would recommend to everyone with dogs.

Jo & Tess

Lissy

We recently attended the Beginners Guide to Canine Massage arranged by Born to Run.
I was curious to see if massage would help us find a way to relax our girl, who can be nervous in certain situations.
Angela guided us through techniques to enable us to work through a full routine that we would be able to use at home.
This course was very relaxed, interactive and fun.
Sarah & Lissy

Molly & Grandad

Hi Angela, thank you so much for the massage workshop, it was amazing and I learnt so much that I didn’t know before that’s going to help Molly and Grandad keep healthy and happy!
Karrie, Molly & Grandad

Zircon

I really enjoyed the day.  It was great to spend time learning some massage techniques, which will be of benefit to my dogs as well as strengthening our bond.
Zoe & Zircon

Kez

A very enjoyable day, providing enough information and clinical content to allow me to feel confident to massage my dogs.  I have three Border Collies who train and work very hard on a daily basis and this course has allowed me to understand how to assist in their wellbeing.  I definitely recommend this course to anyone who wants their dog to enjoy a better life.

Louise and Kez

Honey

I enjoyed the workshop very much.  Very informative and easy to follow.

I am hooked and will definately attend more.

Jana and Honey

Merlin

I learnt so much and can highly recommend the class.

The teacher is great and My dog Merlin loved it and has been so chilled tonight.   I have learnt so much to help him with his arthritis

Nicola & Merlin

Nellie

It was a great day and I learnt so much!.  It was good to see Nellie so settled as well being a nervous dog.  She was so happy and relaxed!.  How you explained it and went through everything made it very easy to understand and remember!

Boo and Nellie 

Dave

I  learned so much, doing these seals, even further the bond I have with my dogs and most of all helps me understand and identify any pain or discomfort my dogs may be suffering.
Thank you Angela Day of Born To Run you are amazing!!
Sarah & Dave