Acupressure & Therapeutic Massage

After an initial consultation with Dr. Ilana, she may determine that Acupressure and/or Therapeutic Massage is beneficial in your pet’s treatment plan. Therapeutic Massage is offered through The Rex Center.

The Benefits of Acupressure and Therapeutic Massage

The goal of practicing acupressure is to restore, replenish, and maintain the natural harmony and balance needed in both animal and human bodies to create optimal health and well-being. I will teach you how to apply acupressure techniques to precise points on your pet to treat specific conditions. These treatments can then be administered by you at home between appointments.

Acupressure uses the physical touch of the hands and fingertips and is thus less invasive than acupuncture. Acupressure sessions are designed to help your pet’s body attain a more energetic balance by releasing the flow of blocked energy or Chi. This will aid in boosting deficient Chi and dissipating excess Chi. Regular acupressure sessions will increase the body’s natural ability to heal itself from within – as it was designed to do.

Conventional western and eastern medicines’ scientific studies and clinical observations have proven that acupressure can:

  • Relieve muscle spasms
  • Strengthen the immune system
  • Benefit chronic health issues
  • Strengthen muscles, tendons, joints, and bones
  • Balance energy to optimize the body’s natural ability to heal
  • Release natural cortisone to reduce swelling and inflammation
  • Release endorphins necessary for increased energy and pain relief
  • Enhance mental clarity and reduce anxiety required for focus in training and performance
  • Help heal injuries more readily by increasing the blood supply and removing toxins

Read Dr. Ilana's article on therapeutic massage from Bay Woof

About our Therapeutic Massage Partner

Victoria Laemsae is a certified dog massage practitioner through Northwest School of Animal Massage ( She uses Swedish massage, Deep tissue massage and Acupressure points to customize massage to fit every dog's individual needs and comfort level.

Bucky's Back: Healing the Body & Spirit of a Shih Tzu in Need

(Bucky's mom Dr. Laurie Scolari shared this with us) "One morning, our 13 year old Shih Tzu, Bucky, suddenly couldn’t walk. We were stunned and immediately brought him into our vet’s office. An X-ray confirmed that he had arthritis in his spine and several bones were fused together. He stayed at the hospital under heavy anti-inflammatory and pain medication for several days until he recovered. But weeks later, he still wasn’t the same. He hid under the bed most of the time, became anxious and antisocial and struggled on his walks. Our vet recommended that I contact Dr. Ilana Strubel. Today (eight months later) under the care and maintenance of the amazing Dr. Ilana, Bucky is thriving again! He has even become demanding! Over the past several years, he had become standoffish and independent or so we thought. Turns out, he was actually in a great deal of pain. Dr. Ilana was able to see the connection between his chronic pain & anxiety and treated them both with alternative, integrative therapies. Bucky’s back! He no longer hides under the bed, he demands food when he hungry, he even sits on our front porch for hours barking at the passing pedestrians. Dr. Ilana prescribed all natural, herbal pain medication, anti-inflammatory, bone support and minerals with every meal. He is now completely off conventional pain and anti-inflammatory medications. She taught us how to do stretches and massage, which have now become part of our evening routine. Dr. Ilana visits us every two months to adjust his back and practice our exercises. Thanks to Dr. Ilana we have our little Bucky back and we couldn't be happier!"

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