Ruth Bryant – Equine & Human Sport Therapist
Ruth has been a registered sports therapist for many years, based in Basingstoke, Hampshire. She initially trained at the London School of Sports Massage (LSSM) gaining her human qualification and then went on to train with the Equine Sports Massage Association (ESMA), qualifying her to treat horses as well. Read more
Ruth works with a range of athletes as well as people in office jobs who suffer from occupational injuries. Deep tissue massage is used for both the treatment and prevention of body ailments and is therefore beneficial to everyone.
Ruth works with a lot of horses and riders from happy hackers to Grand Prix dressage horses. She understands the equine athlete and the demands placed upon them and what is needed for the horse to perform at it’s optimum.
Carol Collins – Affinity Canine Massage
Affinity Canine Massage specialises in Remedial Therapeutic Massage to help rehabilitate your dog from injury and release tight, painful muscles, knots, trigger points and restrictive scar tissue all of which can cause referred pain. Massage is a drug free, complementary therapy supporting the musculoskeletal system, providing drug free, affordable pain relief. Outstanding results can normally be seen within 1-3 treatments. Read more
Soft tissue injuries are very common but can be incredibly debilitating for your dog. You may see symptoms such as limping/lameness, poor posture, gait irregularities, twitching skin, raised fur, slowing down, and general discomfort.
Affinity Canine Massage is owned and run by Carol Collins, a highly qualified Therapeutic Canine Massage Therapist with an in depth knowledge of Canine Anatomy and Physiology. She is trained in four disciplines of massage, fully insured and a proud member of the Canine Massage Guild – a network of highly skilled Professional Therapeutic Canine Massage Practitioners specialising in Soft Tissue Injuries and Orthopaedic Issue Management.
Massage can improve performance in working and competition dogs, reduce post operative recovery times, alleviate stress and anxiety and is an ideal treatment for general maintenance and wellbeing.
Carol is based in Basingstoke and covers Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey, although is happy to travel further afield or run a Group Session in your area by arrangement.
She will travel to your home so that your dog can be comfortable in their own environment.
Please contact Carol for further information and to discuss how Affinity Canine Massage can help you and your canine friend find results you can see and your dog can feel.
Jo Morton Equine & Canine McTimoney Therapy
Animals suffer from back problems, just as we humans do. However, they cannot communicate with us easily and therefore it is up to us, as owners, to look out for signs of discomfort in our animals. If your horse or dog seems reluctant to exercise, has a reduced level of performance, an uneven movement or appears uncharacteristically lethargic or grumpy, it could be that they are suffering with back pain. Read more
Jo Morton (MSc) is a qualified McTimoney Animal Practitioner and Sports Massage Therapist providing safe and effective treatment for horses, dogs and other animals.
McTimoney treatment, a form of chiropractic practice, involves gentle manipulation of the musculoskeletal system (paying particular attention to the spine and pelvis) to improve alignment. In doing so, it relieves pain and discomfort, increases mobility and helps the nervous system work more efficiently. It is effective because it works to eliminate the cause of the problem, not just treat the symptoms.
McTimoney therapy, combined with Sports Massage, myofacial release and stretching helps to relieve tension, ease sore muscles and improve performance. The treatments are non-invasive and drug-free and are designed to work naturally with the horse’s own body to encourage healing, reduce pain and improve mobility.
All horses and dogs can benefit from McTimoney treatment, from top performance horses to happy hackers and from highly trained working/competition dogs to much-loved family pets. If you have any concerns about your animal, or would just like a maintenance treatment to ensure that they are in peak condition, please call for a friendly advice or to make an appointment on 0797 621 8250
Joanne Bell – Holistic Animal Care Practitioner
An Animal Wellbeing Specialist providing a natural approach for behavioural issues, recovery from illness or operation, nutrition advice, environment and lifestyle enrichment, end of life care and bereavement, and a whole lot more.
Trained and fully insured in natural healing therapies for animals and people, Jo uses a variety of tools, experience in human healthcare and training in animal care and behaviour, to devise a bespoke Read more
Jo uses a mix of energy healing, energy balance, food remedy self-selection or zoopharmacognosy, K9Relax Massage, canine flow, vibrational therapies, lifestyle advice and counselling. Although the main clients are dogs, cats and rabbits, geckos, snakes and horses have also benefited from Jo’s work. Animal Healing is a complementary therapy which does not take the place of Veterinary advice or treatment, and requires vet consent in the case of ailing animals or massage therapies. The work is often alongside Vets and other therapists too.
Jo’s clients have had a variety of conditions and we have seen healing benefits in such areas as dogs recovering from surgical intervention, epilepsy, “separation anxiety” and “fear aggression, cats with end stage renal disease, allergies, warring sibling cats, anorexic geckos, end of life / palliative care for rabbits, bereavement care for owners and the bonded animals. There are also a varied group of animal clients who are healthy and well and just enjoy the relaxation, togetherness time that a healing session can give.
An animal body maintains balance and health by a continual physiological and psychological feedback loop mechanism. In health this is a balanced flow. It is the “dis-ease” in this balance which causes ill health in mind or body. Holistic Animal Care is all about helping the animal to find and strengthen their innate abilities for health and wellbeing. The imbalance often starts in the food we give our pets, advising on and promoting a natural real food diet is a big part of healing work.
Behavioural issues are often caused by imbalance somewhere in the body, pain or tension, or inability to deal with any toxins in the environment, or at an emotional and mental level – rather than just in the character of the animal – and any solution should look at the “whole”. Physically the body has a great power to heal itself but sometimes it needs a little help.
As an Holistic Practitioner, Jo looks at the “whole” of the animal including diet, environment, stresses, relationships, lifestyle and history, as well as the connection between animal and owner, and uses natural therapies to work with the animal and owners to find that balance for both physical and psychological issues. Also offering relaxation sessions for both owner and pet.
Because we are so connected to our animals, what is happening to us affects what is happening to them even though we may not initially see this, Jo often ends up offering healing and relaxation therapies to the owner too.
Everything Jo does is as natural as possible, aimed at “helping animals heal themselves” and reducing “carbon paw-prints”, and so sources and supplies natural, eco, artisan products for dogs, cats, rabbits as “Ambassapaws” for clients and at local events.
All of the holistic work is done in the animals’ own home. Based in Old Basing, Basingstoke, Hampshire, Jo’s paw-print is a 20 mile radius for Healing work.
Jo runs monthly Holistic Animal Wellness evenings in Basingstoke. These have a topical talk with a natural care theme followed by a meditation / relaxation session for animal lovers and their companion animals.
“Healthy Natural Paws – Meetings for You & Your Pet” Facebook page gives all the up to date details.
Jo is passionate about natural animal care and shares useful information on Facebook pages “Allsorts of Paws” and “A Diary of a Dog Called Mouse” the latter being the blog of eco adventures by the Allsorts of Paws HQ dog.