Dog Massages Are Now A Thing
There is a service for everything and your pups aren't missing a woof.
SF has just welcomed it's newest and most needed resident, yes, a doggy massage and spa. Two wags for yay, one wag for yas. Founded by Shelah Barr, a masseuse of many canine companions has brought her healing hands to the Bay Area's dog capita. Building Happy Hounds Massage and Fitness was more than a typical spa experience, she hoped to bring physical therapy, cardio capacity, flexibility, and weight loss to the table when envisioning her storefront. "Helping them [dogs] maintain and/or enhance their ability to move the way they were meant to are the goals of massage and fitness training, and I'd love the opportunity to include many loved ones as one of the countless animals that have been helped by these services," Barr tells us.
Of course, your pups will thank you too. The space welcomes families with their furry friends to try out the facility and let their pup explore. With brightly colored obstacle courses, adjustable hurdles and a dog-size treadmill occupy the second floor — keeping your loved one on their toes is a must for any canine. But it's not all about keeping your companion in shape, Barr also helps those with overcoming surgery pains and weaknesses. "From 1993 to 2005 I worked with people in different areas of health care, specializing in corrective bodywork. In 2005 I realized that animals, particularly dogs, could benefit from what I'd learned about how bodies do what they do; including how they stay healthy, age well, and get hurt and heal."
Moving forward, Barr's goal for her newly founded space is to grow and expand into many other communities — helping dogs readily Bay Area wide. Her many healthcare plans cover in-home therapy, custom weight and build programs, and even includes massages as a healing art form. "Helping them [dogs] maintain or regain their ability to move the way they were meant to is the goal of massage," explains Barr. "Especially for dogs in recovery from surgery or other injury, dogs looking to improve performance or to soothe muscles, and for mobility in seniors."
// The first session is $90 and includes a first-time check up to diagnose exact needs. Follow-up visits are $75; 3150 18th St., Mission, happyhoundsmassage.com