Galen Canine Myotherapist
East and West Sussex
I’m Angela Chase and I am a qualified Galen Myotherapist treating dogs in East and West Sussex. I initially qualified in 2008 and treated dogs for several years including many dogs at The Dogs Trust. I also participated in teaching and assessing Galen diploma students for several years before taking a sabbatical for personal reasons.
Having upgraded my Galen training last year, I am delighted to have returned to Galen and to be able to offer treatments to dogs once again in the West and East Sussex areas
Nearly 30 years as a psychological therapist, both in the NHS and in private practice, meant that I came to Galen canine myotherapy with a firm belief in the importance of choice and trust in the therapeutic relatonship. I was so impressed to discover that, at it’s core, Galen’s Positive PACT protocol encapsulates these same therapeutic principles. Namely, a dog’s absolute right to take as long as it needs to choose whether to accept treatment or not. This is underpinned by the commitment that a dog will never be coerced or restricted in order to achieve treatment. The gift of trust when a dog decides to accept treatment and I feel them relax under my hands is profoundly moving.
I was introduced to Galen Myotherapy when Julia Robertson, founder and principle of Galen Myotherapy came to talk to my friend’s puppy training class. I was fascinated by everything Julia had to say and arranged to attend one of her “Introduction to Canine Massage” workshops. I fell in love with everything about Galen and quickly went on to study for the Galen Diploma.
I have loved and lived with dogs for over 25 years. They bring such enrichment and joy into my life. One of my labradors, Emma had hip dysplasia. Regular myotherapy sessions helped to keep her as mobile and comfortable as possible. This helped her enjoy her best quality of life until she passed away just before her 15th birthday. Emma was proof for me, every day, of the difference myotherapy can make to a dog’s life.
I now have 2 labradors, Wiggins and Seren aged 10 and 7. Myotherapy and functional exercises are helping to keep them at their best.
Myotherapy and/or functional exercise have much to offer dogs of all ages, helping them maintain their best possible quality of life, easing pain, tension and discomfort arising from compensatory issues, injury or arthritis. It can also play an important role in assisting the preparation of dogs for sporting events, showing, working etc.
(Picture) Emma, living her best life, in the water, aged 12 years.