About Smart Dogs

Amanda has continuously worked with dogs since she was 14 years old.   She started  working at a kennels during the weekends and in her school holidays.  Once Amanda left school, at sixteen, she joined the kennels full time for a further two years. 

During her time at the kennels she completed a NVQ level 2 in small animal care which lead Amanda into her career today as a dog groomer.  She studied at Bishops Stortford for 2 months where the tutor was a euro groomer by the name of Angela Caley, who has herself has won several competitions. 

In 2005 Amanda qualified as an implanter for Microchipping, believing that all animals should be microchipped in order to reunite pets with their owners should they become lost, stolen or stray. She is also qualified in animal first aid.

In 2007 I completed level 1 in Dog Shiatsu

What is Dog Shiatsu?

Dog Shiatsu is a system of healing and health maintenance that has been in practice for over 5,000 years.  In Japanese, 'shi' means finger and 'atsu' means pressure - literally Shiatsu means 'finger pressure' - a pressure that gently stimulates the bodies natural healing ability.

How does it work?

Shiatsu is a form of acupressure, a sister therapy to acupuncture. Instead of needles, it uses gentle pressures, stretches and articulations to bring about beneficial effects through touch.  Modern medical research has discovered that our skin is the largest producer of hormones and immune cells in our bodies.  This may be a partial explanation of the profound healing effects that touch can produce.

Energy flows through the body along pathways called meridian lines, which relate to all major organ functions.  If the meridian line becomes damaged, either by accident, birth or just general wear and tear, then the energy flow will become weak or non-existent leading to muscle deterioration, lameness etc.

This poor energy flow can also lead to other problems, which can cause low self-esteem, depression and a lack of communication. The animal may resist handling, despite the owner's best efforts It can also be very tiring and frustrating for the owner.

The energy flow is repaired by stimulating the bodies natural healing ability, gently stretching the meridian lines, pressing the energy points and helping the animal to be aware of its body. Shiatsu is one form of complementary therapy that is safe to apply even as a beginner. The moment that you place your hands on you are instantly supporting your animal.

What are the benefits of Shiatsu?

Amongst the many benefits of Shiatsu are: early recognition and treatment of problems before they escalate, treatment and elimination of muscular-skeletal problems including chronic and subtle lameness and stiffness, maintaining suppleness, reducing susceptibility to injury, maximising physical potential, activating the immune system, stimulating circulation, the nervous system and the release of hormones, including endorphins, the bodies own painkiller, and a deepened level of communication between animal and 'caretaker'. Treatment both relaxes and energises the patient and practitioner. Alleviating behavioural, training and physical problems to name a few.

Transcribed from http://www.shiatsu-for-horses.com/

If you would like to know more then please contact me.