PAWsitive Touch SM
My name is Tomoko Kawasumi and I am a certified canine massage instructor. As long-time
dog owner, I realize the sad fact that the life spans of our
precious canine companions are much shorter than we'd like them to
be. I started PAWsitive Touch SM
with the goal of
promoting the use of massage and shiatsu in enhancing the overall
wellness of dogs so that people can enjoy a new type of quality
time with their dogs.
Shiatsu is a
popular folk remedy in Japan, where I am from. My
grandmother was an acupuncturist and a pharmacist/practitioner of
Traditional Chinese Medicine (for people), and I am familiar with
the concept of non-Western medicine and holistic wellness.
In fact, my little toy poodle named Sandy enjoyed occasional
shiatsu sessions, and lived up to be 18 years old!
I have been
studying various ways to keep our canine companions healthy and
well, and I went to Ohio to receive formal, hands-on training in
canine massage from Jonathan Rudinger, the founder of
the PetMassage Institute.
my dear rescued Siberian Husky, traveled with me to serve as my
dog. I also attended small animal acupressure
courses offered by the Tallgrass Animal Acupressure, and plan to
continue with further training at both institutions.
I am a big
animal lover, in fact, I am an active volunteer with a few local
animal rescue groups. I am a volunteer/board member of Pet
Harbor Rescue where I serve as dog
behavior advisor, and I also volunteer with the
Welfare League of Alexandria. At the Alexandria
Animal Shelter, I visit their homeless dogs every week to take
their pictures for
the shelter website. Please
this page if you are looking for
a new canine companion. We are happy to help animal rescue groups and
shelters in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area whenever we can. If your
rescue group is interested in organizing a fundraising event with
our massage service, please
I am also a dog trainer
using PAWsitive reinforcement methods, but I am currently very
busy and I can accept only a few new clients per month for private
training/consultation. If you are interested in our training
contact us and I would be happy
to talk with you and see if I can help your dog in any ways.
If I am not available, I can refer you to other local dog trainers
who are reputable and have a plenty of experience.
International Association of Animal Massage & Bodywork
International Association of Canine Professionals