As I was cleaning out my office, I realized that over the years I have collected a ridiculous number of massage/bodywork/energywork related books. Some good, some so-so and some mind-blowing amazing! Which is why I thought that I would share my favourite titles for those working in the animal bodywork field or those simply wanting to learn more. So here they are, my top 8 animal massage and energywork book recommendations:
Natural Healing for Cats & Dogs by Diane Stein
Natural Healing for Dogs & Cats’ by Diane Stein is a lovely introduction to a number of complementary and holistic practices:
2) herbal remedies
5) psychic healing
8) flower essences 9) muscle testing
It’s perfect for the pet guardian who might be curious about different modalities and would like to see how those can be incorporated into their pet’s care.
Canine Medical Massage by Narda G Robinson
My next book recommendation is geared more towards practitioners or those studying towards becoming one, but it can be of use to anyone with interest in anatomy, physiology and who isn’t easily scared off by medical terminology.
This great book covers it all! Perhaps not in great detail, but combined with the detailed reference list, it is a treasure trove of information.
BONUS: the book comes with access to a companion website with video tutorials
The Well Connected Dog by Amy Snow & Nancy Zidonis
My next book recommendation, ‘The Well-Connected Dog’, written by the founders of
Tallgrass Animal Acupressure is truly a gem! It’s perfect for anyone and everyone, clearly written, beautifully illustrated, with photos and a wealth of information!
If you are interested in Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupressure or simply hoping to add gentle bodywork into your animal companion’s routine care – this is the perfect book for you!
Healing Touch for Dogs / Cats by Dr. Michael W. Fox
My next book recommendation is the perfect place to start for every dog or cat guardian interested in animal massage. It’s also a good read for anyone considering training in animal massage.
If I remember correctly, this was one of the first books I bought when I started to look into massage for my own dog.
It briefly talks about the benefits of massage, how to prepare for giving a massage, anatomy, body language and provides easy to follow massage routines.
Bonus, there is a cat and dog version!
Four Paws Five Directions by Cheryl Shwartz, DVM
My next book recommendation is perfect for anyone interested in Traditional Chinese Medicine. “Four Paws Five Directions” by Cheryl Schwartz, DVM covers the Five Element Theory, meridians, The Eight Principles, vital essences, herbology, food therapy and also includes an overview of acupressure and massage. In the second part of the book the author goes into detail discussing specific conditions.
This is a great reference material for anyone interested or practicing TCM.Learn more here.
The Dog Anatomy Workbook by Andrew Gardiner
My next book recommendation is ‘The Dog Anatomy Workbook’. It’s a great reference tool for both dog professionals and guardians, with clear layout, beautiful Illustrations, and adequately detailed without being overwhelming.
Stretch Your Dog Healthy by Raquell Wynn
My next book recommendation is for both fellow practitioners and dog guardians alike.
‘Stretch Your Dog Healthy’ by Raquel Wynn is full of detailed instructions and photo guides for stretching, massage techniques and various routines for: grounding, stimulating, detoxifying, etc. She even touches on acupressure points, aromatherapy, Reiki and supplements.
It’s more of an introductory read, but perfect for those starting out in the field, pet owners who might not have access to a practitioner or as an easy reference to show clients when suggesting homework.
Animal Healing and Vibrational Medicine by Sage Holloway
For those who took my Animal Energy Work 101 workshop, or anyone else who might be interested in the topic of vibrational healing, I highly recommend Sage Holloway’s book “Animal Healing and Vibrational Medicine”.
This book is a practical overview and guide to vibrational medicine and remedies.