Kelly practicing manual lymphatic drainage on Jack

Kelly practicing manual lymphatic drainage on Jack

Therapeutic Animal Massage

Why Therapeutic Massage for your Pet?


Therapeutic massage for animals is both a science and an art. A massage therapist needs an applied knowledge of anatomy and common conditions, as well as the ability to interpret symptoms and intuit energy and behavior to develop a proper treatment protocol.

Massage therapy is a powerful catalyst for healing and self-restoration. The physical manipulation of soft tissues and stimulation of the vagal nerve network addresses acute symptoms, and affects the body on a systemic level with measurable results. Scientific research has produced evidence that massage reduces inflammation as much as conventional anti-inflammatory drugs and increases the production of mitochondria, the supplier of a cell’s chemical energy.

When paired with regular veterinary care, massage for animals is a perfect, non-invasive, complementary therapy to promote healing and maintain wellness in every stage of life.



·      Improves immune system function

·      Increases flexibility and range of motion

·      Stimulates liver, kidney and digestive functions

·      Reduces muscle and joint pain and inflammation

·      Balances stress patterns due to poor conformation or compensation of movement

·      Prepares immune system for surgical procedures

·      Decreases blood pressure

·      Promotes healing and recovery from injury or illness

·      Promotes efficient delivery of medication

·      Promotes proper formation of scar tissue

·      Relieves stress and boredom

·      Improves circulation and removal of toxic load

·      Increases emotional stability of nervous animals

·      Supports career longevity for working animals and decreases recovery time

·      Improves proprioception and range of motion

·      Regulates appetite, digestion and sleep cycles in sedentary and older animals



During our initial meeting, I will request a health history, observe your pet’s natural gait, discuss your expectations and goals for therapy, and a plan will be recommended. The duration for a massage session is generally 40-50 minutes for dogs and 30-40 minutes for cats, depending condition, comfort level and bodywork protocol indicated for that day. Sessions may include:

·      Massage

·      Trigger point therapy

·      Manual lymphatic drainage

·      Stress point therapy

·      Myofascial release

·      Range of motion and stretching exercises

·      Aromatherapy with essential oils

·      Reiki and energy work

Treatment usually takes place in the home, or in a quiet setting where the animals feel comfortable. Owners are welcome to observe treatment, however, keep in mind that some dogs find it easier to relax into the work without their owners present. Appropriate consultation with veterinarians will be made, and you will receive documentation of treatment and a follow-up recommendation.


“As a certified animal massage therapist, I consider my work with animals to be both a science and an art. I specialize in working with animals living with chronic illness and anxiety, those rehabilitating from injury, and seniors. As an active supporter of the local animal community and advocate for animal welfare, I work with a high level of integrity and compassion, and care for your animals as if they were my own.”
~ Kelly Bellcour, SAMP

To reserve an appointment for massage, or to discuss your concerns about your animal, please contact me by email, text or phone.

Kelly Bellcour, (406) 209-0279

I am a Small Animal Massage Practitioner (SAMP) and graduate of the Northwest School of Animal Massage; certified to practice maintenance, performance and rehabilitation massage. I have completed the Spirits in Transition Animal Hospice program, practice Reiki and aromatherapy, and hold a Bachelor’s degree from Montana State University.

Insured member of ABMP, Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals

“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.”
~ Maya Angelou


Animal massage therapy is a complement to regular veterinary care, and is not a guarantee of a cure. The scope of my practice does not include diagnosis of illness or injury. I will refer clients to appropriate veterinary health care partners if illness is suspected.