Anastasia and Jonathan Rudinger were invited to lead a PetMassage workshop in Angers, France by our graduate, Pauline Arnt. Pauline has created her own school, Massage Canin and association, Chien-Zen. She is very serious about establishing and maintaining the highest standards of practice in this, the first canine massage school in France.
So in the middle of January, 2010, in Angers, France, we held a two-day workshop. Students came from all over France; Brittany, Paris, Nice and Toulouse, as well as several from the Angers region. The press were invited and interviewed Pauline and Jonathan for stories that were in local news media (papers and online) that weekend.
This was the article in French, then translated to English (original French follows):
1st Meeting: PetMassage Training and Research Institute and Association Chien-Zen – 14 and 15 January, 2010
Do you know canine massage?
The association “Chien-Zen”, the French Federation of Francophone and Canine Massage and Pauline Arnt are pleased to announce the arrival for the first time in France by Jonathan Rudinger, which will host a conference on canine massage at the School for Dogs * blind guides of Angers.
Jonathan Rudinger is a leader in canine massage in the United States.
For nearly 20 years, he has helped provide relief to dogs consistent with and complementary to veterinary care.
His school the “PetMassage Training & Research Institute” located in Toledo, Ohio, has existed for 10 years. Also in collaboration with veterinarians, he conducts studies on the benefits of massage on working dogs, old dogs, or simply for comfort and well being well-being of the dog daily.
Like humans, massage provides many benefits such as, accelerate the cardiovascular circulation, relieve muscle mass, drain and relax.
If you are already in the dog world, educators, breeders, behaviorists, groomers … or simply concerned about the welfare of your daily pet we give you appointments 14 and January 15, 2010.
Programme: Lecture and Workshops
- Day of January 14, 2010 is exclusively dedicated to Interns Zen Dog
- Thursday, January 14, 2010: 9h30 – 10h 30
. . Jonathan Rudinger: Presentation of the school in the U.S., education, project ….
- Thursday, January 14, 2010: 11am – 12.30pm
. . Jonathan Rudinger: The benefits of canine massage
- Thursday, January 14, 2010: 14h – 16h00
. . Jonathan Rudinger: Workshop and courses for trainees “Zen Dog” Level I and Level II
-Thursday, January 14, 2010: 16h30 – 18h00
. . Demonstration, discussion and synthesis
- Friday, January 15, 2010: 9:30 to 10:30
. . Jonathan Rudinger: Conference all public
- Friday, January 15, 2010: 11:00 to 12:30
. .Jonathan Rudinger – Conference all age groups, initiation
- Friday, January 15, 2010: 14h – 16h
. .Jonathan Rudinger – Pauline Arnt: Debate, discussion, practical demonstration of canine massage
* For reasons of hygiene and safety, dogs visitors are not allowed
For more information, please download the registration form on the link
www.pauline-arnt.com/blog or contact Pauline Arnt 01.46.59.07.31 pauline.arnt @ gmail.com
While we were preparing for the event, Pauline shared with me that the most pressing issue for her French students is their impatience and rush to get through the massage. So, we used the workshop to get them to slow down; to understand how their presence and awareness not only enhances the value of an animal’s massage, it makes value possible.
Jonathan led the students through breathing exercises, Chi Gung movements and they were shown how, when they wait and observe, their dogs will clearly indicate when to move on, and where and with what pressure, direction, and rate they should continue the massage. Jonathan and Anastasia thank Pauline, Camille, the interpreter, Hans and his staff at the facility where the workshop was held, the Association “Les Chiens Guides d’Aveugles de L’Ouest” (Guide Dogs for the Blind of Ile de France) www.chiens-guides-ouest.org and the students who were so welcoming. Dog people are dog people, wherever they are. These folks were like dog lovers everywhere: kind, generous, open, caring, appreciative, understanding, eager to learn, and most accommodating to two people who speak no French. Oh, and in France, of course they were all very stylish in dress and behavior.
Pauline, left, makes Jonathan an Honorary member of the Zen Dogs Association.
The activities of the Association “Les Chiens Guides d’Aveugles de L’Ouest” are breeding, education and delivery free of charge of guide dogs to visually impaired persons mainly in the Western part of France.
The lecture was delivered through an interpreter, Camille, who shared with me that previous to this event, he had no idea how powerful canine massage could be and how its practice could affect the canine massage practitioner. He was delighted to have gleaned a lot of self-help content that he could use in his own life.
Black is the favorite color in France…even when accessorized with white Labrador retriever hair.
Hands-on practice during workshop – this student was from Toulouse, FR. The shepherd, I would suppose, is German
This student was also one of the trainers and handlers at the Association “Les Chiens Guides d’Aveugles de L’Ouest.” She has beautiful, powerful, callused, working hands.
Lecture was given in a large room with more than twenty students in attendance.
As Jonathan demonstrates on one of the service dogs in training, Pauline Arnt, guides the hands of a man who is totally blind. I wish you could have seen the smile on his face when he felt fascia shift.
Class photo, Anastasia, in her bright blue jacket, stood out wherever she went.
For Jonathan, the most amazing thing about visiting Europe is the sense of history, really far back history. The closest he has ever felt to touching the past in the US was tripping on the cobblestones in Boston in front of the Commons, or walking the same bricked paths that Benjamin Franklin walked in Philadelphia. These would have been from the16-17th century AD. The workshop was in Angers, France. Let’s learn a little about Angers.
Angers is a city in the Maine-et-Loire department in north-western France about 300 km (190 mi) south-west of Paris. Angers is located in the French region known by its pre-revolutionary, provincial name, Anjou, and its inhabitants are called Angevins.
Angers proper has a population of 157,000 inhabitants, while c. 283,000 live in its metropolitan area. The city traces its roots to early Roman times. It occupies both banks of the Maine, which is spanned by six bridges. The district along the river is famous for its flourishing nurseries and market gardens. It is well known for its fresh produce and cut flowers.
Angers has some really ancient history. The first sign of human presence on the site of Angers is a stone tool dated back to 400,000 BC (Lower Paleolithic). The earliest known inhabitants were the Andecavi, a Gallic tribe that was overrun by the Romans. The city, while under Roman rule, was called Juliomagus
The Council of Angers was held here in 453.
The city suffered severely from the invasions of the Vikings (in 845 and succeeding years)
Angers was once the capital of the historic province of Anjou. Beginning in the ninth century, the region was controlled by a powerful family of feudal lords. It is the cradle of the House of Plantagenet who ruled England from the twelfth century and gave name to the Angevin Kings of England. During this time the Hospital of Saint-Jean was built in Angers by King Henry II of England. The edifice still stands to this day, now housing an important museum. In 1204 Angers was conquered by King Philippe II.
The Huguenots took it in 1585, (Boston MA was established in 1634) and the Vendean royalists were defeated nearby in 1793 during the siege of Angers. Until the French Revolution Angers was the seat of a celebrated university founded in the 14th century.
We stopped at a hotel coffee shop in the town center, across the street from the train station. The friendly young woman who was our waiter and bartender wore a long apron over her dark jeans that fell to her ankles, a brightly colored brow band; her tattoos covered her upper arms. She had pierced eyebrows and wore a t-shirt that promoted a local band. Just a little local color FYI. We ordered Heineken beer and coffee. French coffee is espresso, in little cups, usually served slightly warmer than room temperature, with sugar cubes wrapped in paper and a small piece of dark chocolate. Cream is not customarily offered. I had to request it. Then they’d smile, saying “Ahh, Café Américain!”
This is the French version of Pauline’s article:
Connaissez-vous le massage canin ?
L’association “Chien-Zen”, la Fédération Française et Francophone de Massage Canin et Pauline Arnt sont heureux de vous annoncer la venue pour la première fois en France de Jonathan Rudinger qui animera une conférence sur le massage canin à l’Ecole des Chiens guides d’aveugles* d’ANGERS.
Jonathan Rudinger est le précurseur du massage canin aux Etats-Unis.
Depuis près de 20 ans, il aide et soulage des chiens en accord avec les vétérinaires et en complément des soins.
Son école la “PetMassage Training & Research Institut” située à Toledo dans l’Ohio, existe depuis 10 ans. Toujours en collaboration avec des vétérinaires, il réalise des études sur les bienfaits du massage, sur les chiens qui travaillent, les vieux chiens ou simplement pour le confort et le bien être bien-être du chien au quotidien.
Comme pour les humains, le massage apporte de nombreux bienfaits comme, accélérer la circulation cardio vasculaire, soulager la masse musculaire, drainer et relaxer.
Si vous êtes déjà dans le monde canin, éducateurs, éleveurs, comportementalistes, toiletteurs… ou simplement concernez par le bien être au quotidien de votre animal de compagnie nous vous donnons rendez vous les 14 et 15 janvier 2010.
Programme : Conférence et Ateliers
- la journée du 14 janvier 2010 est exclusivement dédiée aux Stagiaires Chien-Zen
- Jeudi 14 janvier 2010 : 9h30 – 10h 30
. Jonathan Rudinger : Présentation de l’école aux Etats Unis, enseignement, projet….
- Jeudi 14 janvier 2010 : 11h – 12h30
. Jonathan Rudinger : Les bienfaits du massage canin
- Jeudi 14 janvier 2010 : 14h – 16h00
. Jonathan Rudinger : Atelier et cours aux stagiaires “Chien- Zen” niveau I et niveau II – Jeudi 14 janvier 2010 : 16h30 – 18h00
. Démonstration, discussion et synthèse
- Vendredi 15 janvier 2010 : 9h30- 10h30
. Jonathan Rudinger : Conférence tout public
- Vendredi 15 janvier 2010 : 11h00 – 12h30
. Jonathan Rudinger – Conférence tout public, initiation
- Vendredi 15 janvier 2010 : 14h – 16h
. Jonathan Rudinger – Pauline Arnt : Débat, discussion, démonstration pratique des masseurs canins
* Pour raisons d’hygiène et de sécurité, les chiens des visiteurs ne sont pas acceptés
February 5th, 2010, posted by Jonathan