Now serving Mid Vancouver Island!!

We’ve taken the plunge and moved out to Errington, BC, very near Parksville, on Vancouver Island!  We are now the proud owners of Coastal Canine Hydrotherapy and Fitness Centre (coastalcaninebc.ca).  Backstretch services will continue as well, though on a slightly smaller scale as the pool takes up much of my time.  A HUGE thank you to my Winnipeg and Brandon region clients for your continued support over the years –  please keep in touch and let me know how you and your four footed family members are doing – I would love to hear from you!

Exciting News for Autumn 2012!

Hi all,

Apparently, I’ve forgotten how to update my news for some time now! 😉

Its been a fabulous year, full of learning, growing and getting connected with more equines and canines (and their humans)!  Upcoming courses that I’m registered for – and very excited about –  are Canine Aquatherapy from UK’s prestigious Greyfriars Rehabilitation and Training in October 2012;  and an Anatomy Discovery course in November 2012 that involves recreating the muscles in clay and building on a skeletal model! (Presented by one of my all time favourite educators, Equinology/Caninology!) .  Also in the news – the series of anatomy and stretching articles I wrote for Horse Country magazine have been nominated for Best Editorial Package for the Maggie Awards!  To read the Horse Country articles, click on the following:
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Will keep you posted on how all of these news stories develop! Have a safe and active autumn with your best furry friends!

New Service! – Myofascial Release

Now available  –  Myofascial Release!

I am pleased to announce that over the past eight months, I have completed all the requirements for certification in Canine Myofascial Release – the technique is applicable to equines as well.

A non-invasive and gentle technique (Barnes method),  Myofascial Release works on the fascia, the thin tissue that covers all of the organs of the body, every muscle and even every fiber inside each muscle.  (Think of the membranes inside an orange – it surrounds and separates each cell, each segment, and all around the orange under the skin.)  When muscles are injured, the fibres and fascia surrounding them becomes short and tight; this stress can be transmitted through the fascia to other parts of the body.  Picture the fascia as a knit sweater – it puckers in the area of a pull, and that pucker is seen pulling throughout the whole sweater, pulling the shape askew.  MFR works to restore the far reaching effects of a fascial restriction by releasing the uneven tightness caused by injured or stressed tissue.

Light direct pressure or light stretching is applied to an area of tightness and then the practitioner waits for the hands to sink to a deeper level as the tissue relaxes before the stretch is increased.  The response of the animal’s body guides how much pressure to use, the direction of the stretch, and how long to apply pressure.

The benefits of this treatment are significant and I’m excited to be able to have these techniques as part of my treatment arsenal for my clients.

New Website!

Welcome to the new and revised website!  Please note the new page “Clients Say” – I’ve been getting some great verbal feedback, and am pleased to have a space now to share comments;  feel free to add your thoughts.  The “Links” page will return soon.

Thanks, Lynx Communications! You rock!

Dressage Camp

As a guest speaker at the 2010 Dressage Winnipeg Camp (Aikins, MacAuley & Thorvaldson LLP Dressage Development Camp),  I was happy to meet up with a dedicated group of horse owners.  We reviewed a series of stretches you can do for your horse over two sessions;  I’ve since heard that a good number of the participants now incorporate stretching into their regular routine – their horses love them for it!

Remember – stretching happens after a warm up!