Kudos to Spa magazine for its fabulous feature on pet-friendly spa vacations at pet-friendly hotels where you, and in some cases, your four-legged friend as well, can enjoy massages and other spa treatments.
The sumptuous seven spas are:
• Inn by the Sea, Cape Elizabeth, Maine
• Solage Calistoga, Napa Valley, Calif.
• Hermosa Inn, Paradise Valley, Ariz.
• The Benjamin, New York, N.Y.
• La Quinta Resort & Club, La Quinta, Calif.
• Lake Austin Spa Resort, Lake Austin, Texas
• Trump Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada
Lucy gives a personal paws up to Trump, where she enjoyed a solo massage, and La Quinta, where she had a side-by-side massage with her guardian!
Most people think that dog massages at luxury, pet-friendly hotels are a prime example of how pet parents spoil their furry friends. But dog massages offer many tail-wagging health benefits for Fifi.
“There is a huge misconception about animal massage; that it is just another foofy spa service for our overly pampered dogs in diamond necklackes and Prada boots,” says Tom Galligan, a Certified Animal Massage Practitioner whose Nose to Tail Animal Massage is available at La Quinta Resort & Club and AquaPaws in La Quinta, Calif. “Nothing could be further from the truth.”
Galligan lists these “Benefits of Massage to Your Animal” as reasons pet parents should splurge on massages for dogs and other animals:
- Increases circulation of the blood and lymphatic systems
- Increases flexibility and range of motion
- Relieves muscular restrictions, tightness, stiffness and spasms
- Interrupts the pain cycle
- Helps reduce excessive scar formation in soft tissue
- Strengthens the immune system
- Transmits the psychological benefits of touch
- Maintains health
- Relieves stress
- Helps maintain a health skin and shiny coat
- Promotes an overall sense of wellness and relaxation