Massage Therapy School Going to the Dogs?

People love their pets, and it seems to be enough love to warrant a brand new trend in the massage therapy realm – massage therapy schools for teaching pet therapy. Canine massage is the focus of one new school on Cape Coral, where students learn how to service a new section of the masseuse’s clientele.

(Lehigh Acres Citizen) A new and unique business has opened this week in Cape Coral – a branch of the Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage.

The local facility will offer training in canine massage and other alternative healing modalities to students who want to learn the art.

The school itself has been in operation for the last nine years in several locations in Colorado, with Cape Coral being the fifth location for instruction. The school has been in Florida for four years.

“We really love the community of Cape Coral and are excited to offer our classes at our K9 Development Center,” said founder and executive director Lisa Speaker.

She said she feels the location’s amenities and close proximity to Southwest Florida International Airport make it an ideal location for the school.

“The art is a specialized field, and our school has a great reputation,” said enrollment coordinator Ginger Currie. On being somewhat close to the airport, she said, “A lot of our students come in to our locations from Canada, Brazil and even Spain.”

Graduates will be animal massage practitioners. RMSAAM is world-renowned and one of the first schools to be formally regulated by the Colorado Department of Education, she added.

The K9 Development Center there is 2,100 square feet and air-conditioned.

“It is the largest indoor dog training facility in the area,” she said.

Kelly Legarreta is the canine massage instructor, and said in a prepared statement, “We are very grateful to have such an open space dedicated to training and teaching. The big, open, matted room is great for gait analysis, play breaks and being able to spread out for the hands-on massage portion of… read the rest of the story at Lehigh Acres Citizen.

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