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Massage Case Studies and Testimonials

Owners will often see visible improvements after just one session. Here are some of the things they have tell me they see in their dogs:

  • higher levels of energy

  • greater interest in life

  • faster and more stable on the move

  • ability to do things that they had stopped doing (such as going upstairs or jumping in the car)

  • being more playful


Here are some of the comments in their own words: 

A cockerpoo receiving massage on a massage table
A labradoodle sitting posing after a massage session
A black spaniel how has just had a massage
A ginger cross breed dog sitting and posing after a massage
two golden retrievers and their owner at Crufts

"I first came across Karen Young 5 years’ ago after one of my dogs became very lame at a show.  Since then, she has been an integral part of my dogs’ lives.  It’s surprising what she can see/feel and treat when I have been unaware that there may be an issue. 


Frankly, I would have struggled to get through this year's Crufts without Karen and her 'Safe Hands'. Two days before the show, I woke up to find my 10 month old puppy had suddenly become very lame on the back end.  The day before, my partner had taken my dogs out and 'they had gone mad and had a great time!’


In the vet waiting room (vet consent is required for treatment), my fingers were already hovering over Karen’s mobile number as I had faith that she could help aid my pup’s recovery. 36 hours later, we walked into the NEC the morning of Gundog day- it was very emotional for me to even think that we'd finally got this far with Karen's help.  


So thank you Karen and the mystery that is canine massage for being part of my journey, I consider it a privilege to be one of your clients, the day I came across you, my dog showing days changed for the better for good!"

Karen, Bushey

"I am so pleased - All the hard work you've done with Bramble has been life changing for her. "

Karen, Aylesbury

"As always you amaze me with the results we get...I've had several therapists for my dogs over the years but hands down you are the absolute best."

Debs, Aylesbury

"Back in October Jasper became lame, after resting him for a week I contacted Karen at Safe Hands to see if she could help him. My first vet laughed off giving consent for a massage and sent me on my way. I then decided to move vets and although the vet advised a massage wouldn’t help, they said it couldn’t hurt either.


After 1 week on painkillers and having a massage from Karen, the vet couldn’t believe Jaspers progress in such a short time… he said to keep up the massages. We have continued to work with Karen’s magic hands which has helped Jasper come on leaps and bounds, that I got my bouncy happy boy back. We’ve had a few set backs and Karen has always been available for advice and fitting us in if he needs a massage sooner than planned.


Not only has Karen helped Jasper but she has also helped me be a better owner for knowing the signs of a dog in pain and when to get help. Karen has been such a crucial part of Jaspers recovery, I cannot thank her enough."

Pippa, St Albans

"I first heard of Canine Massage with a chance meeting with Karen at an event. My dog's companion had passed away and my little dog went into a deep decline. She became an old dog overnight.  That chance meeting with Karen Young turned her around. After the first massage she had improved enormously and was getting back to her old, active 5 year old self again. She has benefitted from massage ever since.

She is doing really well as she goes into her senior years." 

Jo, Potten End

"We have two spaniels of which is bomb proof... and one who thinks she is. Thankfully Karen is there a every step of the way when Rosie decides to jump, twist, mis-step, slip, slide or just be a completely insane spaniel ...and damage herself yet again! The work Karen has done to help maintain Rosie so that she can be a 100mph spaniel and enjoy life is amazing.. and then there is the added side.... problems with incontinence... an unbalanced gait ... and a dog that did not like touch particularly and would never really “rest”. Not any more .. all issues gone and a dog that is really happy having time out with you now in between zoomies... she has become a super balanced dog and simply LOVES her sessions with Karen ... to the point she almost dozes off! Brilliant service, exceptional dedication to her craft and to her patients .. cannot recommend Karen enough!

Jackie, Welwyn

"Well after only two sessions I saw a huge improvement in coco’s walking I’ve been going every month since. Coco no longer has any problems with his knees and we only go back to Karen for maintenance...I’m so grateful to Karen for everything she had done for coco so he can live a happy and active life.


Thank you so much Karen you are one in a million

Michelle, London Colney

A collie cross having a cuddle from her owner whilst receiving massage
A very relaxed springer table immediately after massage
A staffie cross lying on a massage table
A collie sitting after a massage treatment

Jemma is 14 years old, her mum says..."


...she is not puffing as much and has started coming to greet visitors... she even got her favourite toy to give my neighbour yesterday!"

Julia, Bedmond

Karen Young cuddling an old black labrador

"Karen was amazing at looking after my boy Frankie. He was becoming very slow and stiff on his walks but we met Karen and she introduced us to canine massage.


What a difference it made! Frankie enjoyed his walks more and looked so happy in himself and more comfortable. I would definitely recommend this therapy to your aging furbabies."

Sally, Hemel

A black labrador standing in the Hemel clinic

"Max is very mobile and happy tonight. He is behaving like a pup!"


Delphine, Winchmore Hill

A Shih Tzu receiving a massage with the therapist wearing a face mask during the pandemic

After Monty's (14) first massage..."Monty has just picked up a toy without encouragement for the first time in as long as I can remember and is shaking it (gently, but trying to kill it!) 

Karen at Safe Hands Massage has helped Monty with his movement and back problems. I really feel if it hadn’t been for Karen, Monty wouldn’t be here today."


Kirsty, Hemel

A golden retriever and german shepherd playing in water

"My Golden Retriever was lagging behind on walks and I thought this was normal for his age. But after an encouraging talk with Karen, I booked him in. After the first session we noticed a difference, after 3 he was running in front of the pack again.


Karen explained clearly about future planning in my dogs care and now over 10 he is still enjoying walking / playing with my other 2 dogs.

So when my GSD ruptured her Cruciate Ligament I contacted Karen. 


My dogs are much more comfortable and I know if I have a worry in the future I can phone Karen for advice / treatment"

June, Watford

An old Golden Retriever lying in the hemel clinic

"Karen treated my beloved old golden retriever for a long time and he absolutely loved coming to her and she kept him comfortable for all his twilight years"

Sally, Bow Brickhill

A blue staffie cross sitting in the hemel clinic

Romeo has bilateral hip dysplasia and has had one cruciate surgery (so far).


"Karen's massages and exercises help my boy to continue on as close to normal as possible. Thank you Karen!"

Steph, Welwyn

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