About the Therapist
My name is Tracy Challis and I run Cambridgeshire Canine Massage. I have worked at an Animals Charity for over 10 years and have always had a love of dogs and wanted to work with them for as long as I can remember. I have successfully gained a Canine Behavioural qualification and enjoyed the challenge this gave me but found that I also wanted to learn more about Canine Massage and become a therapist in addition to being a behaviourist.
After attending a beginners and advanced one day workshops I discovered that a diploma was also available. I have now successfully completed my Canine Massage Diploma studying under Natalie Lenton of The Canine Massage Therapy Centre.
I am able to use four massage disciplines; Swedish, Sports, Myofascial Release and Deep Tissue Release; in order to work with dogs with soft tissue damage, Orthopaedic conditions and other associated muscular conditions.
In addition to my work with dogs; on a physical and emotional level; I also love training my own dog Audrey in Talking Dogs Rally. This is a relatively new sport and one that has enabled me to do something fun with my own dog.
We have a Springer Spaniel cross who suffers from swimmer's tail (a sprain in the tail). Since he started to suffer from this he was very reluctant to engage in play with our second dog and us.
Since he has undergone a course of treatment with Tracy, he has been a different dog. Tracy was fantastic with him and really put him at ease, as he was a bit nervous at first. Tracy explained what canine massage was and gave us plenty of information on how to care for our dog when the massage was completed.
He now plays constantly out on a walk; and we get tired of playing ball long before he does. Both our dogs now play together and it is a joy to watch. He is a very happy dog, who still loves swimming and is no longer in pain.
Although he has completed his course of treatment we found it so beneficial he is still having massages, it is now used as prevention for his swimmers tail. We are so happy with the results and benefits we are arranging for our second dog to start having massages. She is a large dog whose breed is prone to hip problems, so this will be used as a preventative step.
We would really recommend canine massage and can't recommend Tracy enough.
Mr and Mrs Wilkinson