Essex Rivers Clinical Canine Massage
About the Therapist
Hello my name is Lisa Stilwell and I run 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 who require chronic pain management for long term conditions such as Arthritis.
My background is as a Registered General Nurse, I started nurse training after leaving college in 1993 and since gaining a Higher National Diploma in Adult Nursing and later BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies have worked in a variety of clinical and managerial positions across the NHS.
Dogs have always been a big part of my life, growing up we always had Samoyeds and at one point a rescued Beagle. I live in South Woodham Ferrers in Mid Essex with my husband and two Samoyeds Dexter and Skye, my parents Beagle Archie is also a frequent visitor to our home.
Dexter had been diagnosed with unilateral hip dysplasia at 9 months old, 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 inspired to learn more.
I was so inspired to help not only my dogs but other dogs as well that I decided to take a leap of faith and leave my job to train to be a Clinical Canine Massage Therapist. I have never looked back, 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.
I am ideally located to provide home visits at £40 per treatment across Essex, visits outside a 25 mile radius of my home location may incur a reasonable travel cost which will be agreed at the time of booking.
My girl is a very nervous pup who takes ages to feel comfortable with anyone new. When Lisa came around to give her a massage she was so respectful of Skyler’s space. She was so gentle and caring with overall won Skyler over. Lisa is amazing at her job and understands dogs which is why I would recommend her to anyone and everyone
German Shepard Cross
18 months ago Cody had ruptured discs, resulting in nerve damage to his back legs. He also suffers from arthritis in his elbows. Cody loves Lisa’s visits, she quickly puts him at ease and he is more than happy to lay still and let her work her magic. After a treatment, Cody is noticeably able to walk faster and further, and obviously enjoys his walks more.
Before Lisa came to treat my Border Collie, Archie who is 10, he was throwing his back leg and his tail was not going from side to side as it should. After just three of Lisa’s marvellous treatments, these have been corrected. Lisa is a very understanding, thoughtful and a very knowledgeable therapist always putting the welfare of Archie first. He was always relaxed and comfortable during her visits. Thank you Lisa.
I have an 11 year old Labrador who thinks she's still a young active dog but kept getting intermittent lameness in her right front leg. After a course of treatment, which Angel absolutely adored, she is a much happier dog, active and enjoying her walks and exercise. The treatment process for the dog was managed in a calm quiet atmosphere and she slept through lots of it, she was so relaxed enjoying the deep massage treatments. As an owner Lisa explained the process very thoroughly to me and I felt extremely confident in her ability and care demonstrated to my beloved old dog.
Being ‘owned’ by Malamutes is wonderful, running them in harness makes it even more enjoyable. Lisa came to see our 5 year old Alfie for his pre-season check up and we were amazed by what we learned from her. She was absolutely fantastic with him, he loved the attention, and obviously felt better for the therapy, his small (and previously undetected) strains were manipulated expertly, ensuring the best performance from him this season. Alfie was always happy to see Lisa each session, and that was enough proof for us that she was doing a great job. I have happily recommended Lisa to our other friends that run their dogs as her professional manner and brilliant service is something that should not be passed by. Thank you again Lisa, from myself, Neil and a happy and race fit Alfie Bear.
Bailey is a 6 year old Poochon (Poodle / Bichon Cross) who had been limping heavily on her front left leg. After several x-rays and vet’s appointments she was diagnosed with having arthritis in her left knee joint. The pain killers and other medication prescribed did not appear to be working and having spoken to Lisa we thought that it would be worth a course of treatment to see if canine massage helped. During the first treatment session, Lisa identified a problem with Baileys pectoral muscle and shoulder. After just one session, there was a noticeable improvement and we were able to take Bailey off all of her medication. After 3 sessions Baileys limp had gone completely. I would totally recommend Lisa and this method of treatment.