North Aurora, Illinois, United States

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Dogs 4 Life

Christine Johnson Whole Dog Trainer Serving the Canine Community Since2002

Christine Johnson Whole Dog Trainer Serving the Canine Community Since2002

Christine Johnson Whole Dog Trainer Serving the Canine Community Since2002Christine Johnson Whole Dog Trainer Serving the Canine Community Since2002Christine Johnson Whole Dog Trainer Serving the Canine Community Since2002

Canine Acupressure and Massage

Christine works with a combination of Massage and Acupressure in wellness for canine companions. 

System Benefits of Acupressure and Massage for Dogs

The Muscular System

  • Relieves soreness, tension, stiffness
  • Improves muscle tone
  • Increases flexibility and range of motion
  • Improves the flow of nutrients to muscles and joints,
  • accelerating recovery from fatigue and injury
  • Reduces scar tissue
  • Breaks down or prevents adhesion 
  • Speeds recovery from exercise
  • Enhances freedom of movement
  • Prevents or delays muscular atrophy, resulting from inactivity caused by injury, age, surgery, or illness
  • Increases physical confidence
  • Relieves cramps and muscle spasms

The Nervous System

  • Stimulates Nervous System boosting energy

  • Calms the Nervous System relaxing

  • Relieves restlessness and insomnia

  • Relieves pain due to pinched nerves

  • Decreases chronic pain

  • Stimulates the release of endorphins (the body's natural painkiller)

The Lymphatic System

  • Cleanse the body of wastes and toxic debris in the body
  • Increases the circulation of lymph
  • Stimulates the immune system (strengthens resistance to disease)
  • Reduces edema of the extremities (arms and legs)
  • Removal of lactic acid from fatigued and sore muscles (allows for quick recovery)
  • Increases kidney action to remove wastes of protein
  • metabolism
  • Increases retention of nitrogen phosphorus, and sulfur to aid in bone repair
  • Speeds recovery from illness

The Circulatory System

  • Increases blood flow (to tissues and organs), which can relieve much muscular and joint pain (especially associated with swelling)
  • Increases the flow of oxygen and nutrients (to cells and tissues),   improving and relieving congestion throughout the body
  • Increases the number of red blood cells, especially in cases of anemia
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduces heart rate (helps develop a stronger heart)
  • Elimination of metabolic waste

The Skeletal System

  • Improves posture/body alignment
  • Relieve stiff joints
  • Decreases inflammation
  • Restores range of motion (increasing joint movement)
  • Releases joint strain (releasing tight muscles and tendons)
  • Releases restrictions in the fascia (connected tissues)
  • Improves the circulation and nutrients of your joints

The Digestive System

  • Relieves constipation (specifically if a abdominal massage is given)

  • Relaxes the abdominal and intestinal muscles (therefore releasing tension in this area)

  • Eliminates waste materials

  • Stimulates activity of liver and kidneys.

Benefits of Massage and Acupressure for Dogs

Mind/Mental Health for Dogs


 Out of Balance

Aggressive, Unruly, Unfocused, Dominant, Develops annoying  behaviors, Unmannerly


Fosters peace of mind, Helps relieve mental stress, Promotes a relaxed state of alertness, Enhances Calm Thinking, Improves ability to respond appropriately, Gaining trust through the act of being touched, Calms a nervous or hyper pet.

Body/Physical Health for Dogs


 Out of Balanced

Over/under weight, Lack enthusiasm, Hyperactive, Scratching, itching, Lacks concentration, Coat dull, lacks luster and shine, skin; dry oily, hot spots, Ear infections, Yeast, smell, discharge, and Eye issues


Strengthens the immune system, fosters faster healing of muscles and ligaments;  reduces pain and swelling, Enhances athletic performance, Provides greater joint flexibility and range of motion, Improves circulation of blood, Enhances the health and nourishment of skin, Treats musculoskeletal problems, Rehabilitation post operative, Rehabilitation after injury, and Helps relieve muscle tension and stiffness

Spirit/Emotional Health for Dogs


Out of Balance

Anti social, Cowers,Urinates, High strung, Fear, Shyness, Aggression, Depression, Grief and sadness,


Increases awareness of the mind body connection, fosters a feeling of well-being, generates confidence, enhances self-image and self worth, satisfies the need for caring and nourishing touch, reduces sense of isolation, reduces anxiety and adds emotional to security

What is Acupressure?

Canine Healing Touch through Acupressure, Flower Essence, Essential Oils

Canine Acupressure


  Acupressure is an ancient healing art developed over 4ooo years by the Chinese. Its purpose is to move and balance CHI (life energy) through applied finger pressure. Energy moves throughout the body, mixing with different fluids which crate different forms of Chi; Protective chi, Nutritious chi, Ancestral chi, and Source chi.

By manipulating Chi we can assist with balancing the energy within the body, to allow it to heal itself. We can identify and affect Chi by causing physical and emotional changes in the body. This energy has both tangible and intangible qualities that are understood and influenced

Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on the mind, body, and spirit, being of one entity. The body is treated as a whole and Chi affects all 3 levels and we do not influence one without affecting the whole. Example feeling ill, this affects our mood/emotions, physical/energy and mental/ability.

The movement of these energy's are through the energetic pathways called meridians which are located  just below the surface of the skin. These pathways move chi, blood, nutrients, body fluids, hormones, digestive fluids and waste. 

There are 12 major meridians that directly relate to a specific organ. Meridians give us a way to communicate and assess each organ system. The organs energy reflects on the association point, located on the dogs back, near the spine. If there is an imbalance it will reflect either as a deficiency or excessive patterns.

Flower Essence and Essential Oils for Dogs


Flower Essence

Flower Remedies are liquid extracts of either wildflowers or pristine garden blossoms. These essences are used to uniquely address emotional and mental aspects of wellness and are vibrational in nature. 

The first 38 flower remedies were formulated in 1930 by Dr. Edward Bach, an English homeopathic physician, chemist, botanist, and lover of nature who recognized the profound effect the mind and spirit could have on healing. 

Medical professional also recognizes the healing power of a mind-body-spirit connection and science has shown us flower essences energetic medicines to be effective, eliciting dramatic, positive changes in their pet's behavior and their overall well-being. 

Essential Oils 

Essential oils help promote emotional, physical and spiritual healing and help the body heal through the energetic vibration and essence of the natural product. 

Essential oils have molecular properties, known as constituents, which have a vibration specific only to that particular plant. They also have a bio-electrical frequency that is several times greater than the frequency of herbs, food, and even the body. 




Flower Essence