Animal Massage Legislation Update


Over the decades, the regulatory picture surrounding animal massage in the United States has been a bit like an etch-a-sketch, constantly shifting and frequently unclear. Individual states generally associate animal massage either with veterinary care or human massage, neither of which truly provides a satisfactory legislative definition for either consumer or practitioner. The precarious nature […]

Let Your Reiki Light Shine


One of the courses we teach at Northwest School of Animal Massage is Reiki, an energetic modality tracing its origins to Japan. Although Reiki is not a massage modality, it is undoubtedly a valuable tool for anyone practicing massage. Anyone can learn Reiki and in fact, Reiki energy in its many forms is at work […]

What Is Manual Ligament Therapy (MLT) for Animals?


Manual Ligament Therapy is a revolutionary osteopathic massage technique that was developed by Arik Gohl after years of working on people with chronic muscle tension. MLT, as it is commonly known, is based on the work of Dr. Hugh Logan and the research of Dr. M. Solomonov PhD. I was immediately impressed with the fast […]

Q&A: Massage For Abnormal Ligaments In Front Paw


Q: I am looking to adopt an 8-12 week old puppy who has ligament problems with her front paw and leg. I was wondering if massage would help her? Answer by Lola Michelin, Northwest School of Animal Massage: Of course, a massage practitioner would need a full description of the condition, preferably from a veterinarian […]

‘Dem Bones ‘Dem Bones: The Equine Skeleton

Equine skeleton

I have been thinking a great deal about bones lately. They seem to keep coming up for a number of reasons. For one thing, my own have been complaining as of late when I get up in the morning, a not so subtle reminder of my advancing age and my tendency to overdo…well…just about everything. […]

Meet Lola Michelin, Northwest School of Animal Massage


Lola Michelin is the founder and owner of the Northwest School of Animal Massage on Vashon Island, WA. Cattie: I first met Lola when I interviewed her on Animal Massage Guide (click here to read the interview). I had long been intrigued by her work with exotic animals and it was such a treat to […]