Taralosophy Sunday Special Feature: These Three Things. Each week I will feature an inspirational woman, asking them just three questions.
This week features Lisa Stilwell owner of Essex Rivers Clinical Canine Massage.
I work with dogs of all ages, from pets to show dogs, working dogs and canine athletes. I help to rehabilitate soft tissue injuries commonly seen as lameness and also support common orthopaedic conditions such as Hip Dysplasia and Spondylosis. Clinical Canine Massage can also be beneficial for dogs requiring chronic pain management for long term conditions such as Arthritis. In addition to running Essex Rivers Clinical Canine Massage I am Clinical Trials Coordinator for the Canine Massage Guild. I am currently working with University Centre Sparsholt and University of Winchester on the first ever study into the efficacy of Clinical Canine Massage, specifically The Lenton Method.Lisa Stilwell
The one thing, practice or thought that can always boost your motivation is…
A daily walk regardless of the weather is a great opportunity to connect with nature and spend some quality with my own dogs.
The best thing any one ever told you is…
This quote is from my client Vincent’s owner Keedra, this made my year in 2018 🙂 “Vincent had his tenth massage today. Can not believe how massively they improve his quality of life. September 2018 he was booked for his final journey to the vet. He’d had £4000 of platelet therapy, and his meds were on maximum at just under £600 a month. He went flat. His pain was excruciating and he had no interest in life. Could only walk 10 steps maximum before folding up and laying down. Such a shame to see on a massively stoic dog, with a happy go lucky nature. I tried Lisa Stilwell at Essex Rivers Clinical Canine massage, but didn’t expect much. Well thank god I did. He’s still with me, and most of all happy. Lisa cannot cure his problems, but she can reduce the muscle pain caused by them. Vin celebrates his 12th birthday in around 7 weeks. A huge milestone for a mastiff. Give Lisa a try if your dog is limping or acting different. You will not be disappointed .”
One thing that is special about your career and/ or business is…
I have trained for 2 years with The Canine Massage Therapy Centre and use 4 disciplines of massage. These are:
- Swedish Massage
- Sports Massage Deep
- Tissue Massage
- Myofascial Release, both indirect and the Lenton Method of direct Myofascial Release
I have undertaken additional training in:
- Facilitated Stretching.
- Manual Lymphatic Drainage, this is a highly specialised and gentle massage technique which encourages the natural drainage and flow of Lymph.
- Ventral Aspect Techniques.
- Advanced Deep Tissue Massage.
Massage can help to improve:
- Activities of Daily Living
1-3 sessions I aim to get results that owners can see and dogs can feel.
“My background is as a Registered General Nurse. I started nurse training after leaving college in 1993 and gained a Higher National Diploma in Adult Nursing and later BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies. In my career I have worked in a variety of clinical and managerial positions across the NHS.”
“My Samoyed Dexter had been diagnosed with unilateral hip dysplasia at 9 months old and I came across Clinical Canine Massage whilst looking for ways to support him as he aged. After attending a Beginners Guide to Canine Massage workshop run by Natalie Lenton, I was amazed at the positive results I saw in Dexter and was inspired to learn more.”
” I was so inspired to help not only my dogs, but other dogs as well that I took a leap of faith and left my job to train to be a Clinical Canine Massage Therapist. I have never looked back and I am dedicated to improving the quality of life for all dogs that I treat. It is a privilege to work with dogs and I truly have the best job in the world.”
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