Sound Hound Canine Massage

For Your Dog's Kneads
Heidi Hesse
(612) 201-7696

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The reason I first contacted Heidi was my boy Logan started having muscle spasms around his lower back. He receives routine chiropractic care as well but I was looking for something to add in to his care routine. Heidi’s first visit was great! Logan was able to relax in his own home on his bed while she gave him a wonderful massage. Logan really felt great after his first massage and Heidi sent amazing follow up notes that discussed his trouble spots and what she observed and worked on. After Logan’s massages I really saw a difference in his overall condition. Additionally his chiropractor noted that at his routine visits he was not as out of alignment as he usually was. I have been so happy with adding in massage as part of Logan’s care routine and Heidi really does an amazing job working with him.

Heidi has been providing massage therapy for my tripawd German shepherd mix Daisy since March. Heidi is excellent and I cannot recommend her enough. I like Heidi’s straightforward and realistic approach. She started out by explaining that dogs need time to learn what massage is all about and to relax with the touch. I had tried canine massage for Daisy once before–I assumed that she would love it and have a spa-like experience but instead she was freaked out and I came away concluding that massage was not for her. I decided to give canine massage another try after Daisy completed a physical rehab program. It took a couple of sessions before Daisy “got” it. Heidi comes to our house for Daisy’s massages–that’s not only convenient for me but also makes Daisy more comfortable. What I really appreciate about Heidi is that she meets Daisy where she’s at–both literally and figuratively. Heidi is not reticent to sit on the floor and crawl around as Daisy changes spots. As a tripawd, Daisy has some tight spots and it’s not always comfortable for her to receive massage. Heidi does an excellent job challenging Daisy to learn to relax with more challenging spots while also recognizing her limits.
Daisy likes people and usually wags her tail at visitors. However, when Heidi comes to visit, she’s so happy, her whole body is wagging!

Buddy is a 13-year-old Golden Retriever who thinks he’s still a young pup. His arthritis and previous joint issues say otherwise. Massage therapy with Heidi helps keep him active, moving, and comfortable. Since becoming a client in response to a leg injury, we now consider Heidi an integral part of Buddy’s overall care team. Of the various approaches we’ve tried, massage therapy has been the most successful in helping our old guy.

Bogey is a JRT—which means that he’s very active and maybe a little bit tightly wound! It’s hard to not wiggle when you’re so happy all the time, but massage has helped him learn to enjoy relaxing and being handled, too.

Brinks is a hard-working service dog. During massage, he enjoys the therapeutic benefits as well as some “me” time to recharge. After a good rub down with Heidi, he’s ready at a drop of a hat when he’s *kneaded*! (Haha.)

MP lives for walks, but her arthritis is making it more difficult these days. Heidi’s massages help MP feel invigorated and much loved after a hard week of being a senior! While we typically focus on her “bad” leg at physical therapy, Heidi often works on the “good” muscles that are doing the extra hard work, all the time.

 

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