Mission and Objectives:
The Ojai School of Canine Massage is a community based center devoted to a holistic approach to healing. Our goal is to provide professional training of the highest quality in dog massage therapy, while enhancing the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical well-being of each student. The Ojai School of Canine Massage strives to consistently provide a thorough and well rounded education in dog massage. Our courses are designed to provide each student with the most current information available in the dog massage field. We prepare our graduates to successfully enter the workforce as professional canine massage therapists. The Ojai School of Canine Massage maintains standards that provide a clear framework for preparing students to work in their desired vocation.
We are a private institution that is an IAAMB preferred provider, a member of the NBCAAM and is approved by the BPPE (as an exempt institution) to provide certificates of completion for the following programs: 200 hour Small Animal/Canine Massage program (100 onsite hours and 100 distance education hours) and a 200 hour Canine Massage Distance Education program.
In our 200 hour Canine Massage onsite program (100 onsite hours and 100 home study hours) we teach you how to massage dogs and cats. Our onsite program includes education in dog gait and conformation assessment, professional documentation for a dog massage therapy practice, dog nutrition, business, anatomy, physiology, remedial exercise & stretching for dogs and First Aid. Students also learn a variety of dog massage techniques including canine acupressure, myofascial release, swedish massage, trigger point therapy, TTouch for dogs, sports massage and energy work for dogs. Students may bring their own dog to the two week onsite/hands-on class or OSOCM can provide a dog for you. For the safety of all pets, we require all dogs to be current with all shots, be free of fleas and to be spayed or neutered.
*The 100-hour home study portion of our onsite course includes 50 hours of anatomy and physiology which must be completed prior to coming onsite.
As we celebrate our sixteenth anniversary, we are moving into the future with new distance/online learning programs designed to help our students save time and money while maintaining high standards of education. Our 200-hour Canine Massage Distance Education program is a comprehensive distance learning program which includes both audio and video instruction. This certification course is designed for students who prefer the flexibility of learning a new skill from their home at their own pace. Students learn all of the massage techniques which are taught in our onsite course with the exception of Thermotherapy and First Aid. These subjects are not included in the online course. Students may attend these classes onsite or choose to take a course in their area.
We encourage all our prospective students to view our website/online catalog (below) prior to enrolling. Please review the information for the program for which you are interested in enrolling. Please call us with any questions or concerns. We look forward to speaking with you.
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**The Ojai School of Canine Massage is a member of the NBCAAM and the IAAMB (International Association of Animal Massage and Bodywork). We are preferred providers with the IAAMB.
We are also an Approved Education Provider by the American Council of Animal Naturopathy.
Please mail enrollment forms to:
Ojai School of Canine Massage
P.O. Box 1263 Ojai, CA 93024