FAQs
The following are questions often asked by individuals researching animal massage. If you have additional questions about our program at ITT, please contact us at wshaw1@bright.net and we’ll answer you by return email.
1. Some of the most frequently observed benefits of massage are as follows:
  • A general relaxation and sense of well being.
  • Bonding between the animal and owner can be enhanced.
  • Massage can educate the animal to the value of good touch/safe touch.
  • It promotes body awareness.
  • Massage provides a hands-on check for muscle imbalances and changes on the body.
  • It increases blood and lymph flow.
  • Massage removes metabolic waste products from exertion or injury.
  • Massage reduces muscle tension allowing for greater flexibility.
  • It promotes exchange of intercellular fluids at the cellular level.
  • And it provides timely insights for the need for veterinary care.

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2. Do I have to have a license to perform animal massage?
Each state is regulated separately. At the present time there are only 4 states that require a license to perform animal massage. To find out what your state's laws are, contact your state Attorney General’s Office and ask about the laws governing animal sports massage.

3. Do I have to have any experience or have to be a licensed massage therapist to attend classes at ITT, Inc.?
No, the only pre-requisite to attend our workshops is the willingness to learn and to be comfortable around the animals.

4. Do I receive a certificate after completing the class?
Yes, you will receive your certificate with the total of contact hours for the class. (See brochure or schedule for hours of completion for each class offered.)

5. Can I visit the farm and teaching facility?
Yes, please do. We do ask that you call the office at 1-800-251-0007 between the hours of 10AM – 3PM EST, to set up a tour.

6. Do I have to travel to Ohio or do you have correspondence courses?
At the present time, we do not offer correspondence courses. Our workshops are hands-on only. You must travel to Ohio to attend the workshop or you may arrange to hold a workshop in your area. You can call our office at 1-800-251-0007 to get further information on how to set up a workshop in your area.

7. Should students take the Level 1 & 2 courses consecutively or is it best to take one level at a time?
The ideal way to take the workshops is to take Level 1, then go home and practice doing 25 – 50 massages. When you return you will have more hands-on experience and many questions to ask in Level 2. We do, however, offer them consecutively for those who cannot do this due to time contraints.

8. Do you offer a discount of any kind?
We offer a discount of 5% to students. If you are in a massage or animal healthcare program, have your school send us a confirmation of your student status and we will deduct 5% of your class fees. Your confirmation of registration in a class or classes will have your adjusted tuition information at the bottom of the page.

9. How do you find out what the animal sports massage laws are in your state?
You can contact your Attorney General’s office and ask them what the state regulations are for animal sports massage.

10. After taking the class, will you be able to do the massage with confidence and start your own business?
After completing the workshop, you will be able to perform a relaxation and sports massage application. As you practice on different animals, you will gain more confidence in this bodywork. You will also receive information on starting your business, advertising, business ethics and safety during class.

11. How many students are in each class?
No more than 8 students per instructor.

12. Why choose Integrated Touch Therapy, Inc., over other schools teaching this type of bodywork?
Patricia Whalen-Shaw, MA, LMT, NCTMB, APP, and RCST has been teaching canine, feline and equine massage here at her farm for over 16 years. She is a pioneer in this area of bodywork, training thousands of students about massage technique for animals and how to apply these techniques while honoring the animal. At ITT, Inc., we teach intensive, hands-on classes.

13. Will I be working on live animals? Can I bring my own?
Yes, you will be working on live animals. We encourage students to bring their pets but if this is not possible, we have dogs, cats and horses here at the farm that volunteer their services.

14. How do I get my CEU’s after taking the classes?
You will receive an approved certificate at the end of class which will have our National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork certification number on it. You will use that information to complete your paperwork.

15. Do you help with job placement after completing the class?
We do not help with job placement directly; however when someone calls from your area needing an animal massage practitioner, we give them your contact information if you have given us permission to do so.

16. Is the Canine Specialty Workshop right for me or should I take Canine Level 1 and Canine Level 2 instead?
The Canine Specialty Workshop is designed for licensed, registered or certified massage therapists, veterinarians, and licensed, registered or certified veterinary technicians. This workshop is streamlined for those who already have knowledge of the anatomy, physiology and massage theory, etc.

17. What is the 150-hr. small- & large-animal bodywork certificate?
These certificates are for our graduates who go the extra mile taking all of our small- or large-animal classes, attending guest lecture workshops here at ITT, Inc., sending us case studies for review and reading books in the area of anatomy, physiology or animal behavior, etc. We keep track of all your hours and when you reach 150 hours, we issue an Integrated Touch Therapy, Inc. Small- or Large-Animal Bodywork Certificate.

18. What are the guest lecture workshops, and who may attend?
We host workshops on related animal bodywork, different types of healing systems, skills related to observation of movement, communication, etc. Some instructors have prerequisites and other workshops do not. The information about each workshop is available on our guest-lecture series page.

19. Where do I stay when I come to the workshops?
When you register for a workshop, we will send you a packet with an accommodation list of motels and bed & breakfasts in our area. There are pet-friendly accommodations and there is camping contact information as well as information for those who cannot bring their animals along. Horses can board here. Contact our office, weekdays at 1-800-251-0007 between the hours of 9AM – 4PM, EST or leave a message.