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Mentorship Program: Hands-On

This portion of the Mentorship Program consists of 10 days of intensive hands-on learning. Available only once or twice each year, and only in Chicago, the Mentorship Program is ideal for international students or anyone who wants to take all of the hands-on coursework at once. Our low student to instructor ratio (2:1) makes for a unique, custom experience.

All of the techniques taught in our certification workshops are covered during the hands-on class, including trust-building techniques, hands-on anatomy, gait observation, and fundamental and advanced massage techniques.  

Other Required Coursework
Specific online courses must be completed in preparation for this in-person experience (additional course fees apply), and additional online and home study work is required following the 10-day hands-on portion.  

Total Mentorship Program Cost:
  • $8,000 Hands-on portion
  • $1,650 Online portion (pay as you go)
  • Total = $9,650


Before You Can Register...

Approval for taking this program is required. Because of the intensive nature of the Mentorship Program, you must first contact Lead Instructor Denise Theobald to discuss your goals and ensure this is the best fit.  

Email to: Denise@Canisbodyworks.com
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Program Highlights

What You Can Expect...
  • Preparation support leading up to the hands-on portion
  • Low student to instructor ratio (2:1) in class ensures a custom, personal experience
  • Extensive curriculum, including technique demo videos
  • Work with a variety of dogs, including actual client cases and shelter dogs
  • Ongoing support and virtual training, feedback, and guidance
  • Study support for the NBCAAM certification exam
  • Access to multiple Canis Bodyworks instructors throughout the Mentorship Program experience
Meet the Lead Instructor

Denise Theobald

Denise has been a licensed human massage therapist for over 30 years, and her experience working with animals stretches over 20 of those years. She is nationally certified in human massage through NCBTMB, holds national certification as a canine massage therapist through NBCAAM, is certified in Pet First Aid and CPR, and is certified in Veterinary Massage and Rehabilitation Therapy through The Healing Oasis.

A graduate of Animal Sense Academy, now known as FetchFind Academy, and various programs in canine medical massage, Denise became a pioneer in the field of canine massage when she founded her canine massage business, Pet-ri-ssage Ltd., in 1998, providing therapeutic massage and teaching workshops. After 12 years of operating, she opened her dual practice Deeply Kneaded Therapeutic Massage, which cared for both 2-legged and 4-legged clients.  She then established the Chicago School of Canine Massage (CSCM) in 2008. CSCM, now Canis Bodyworks LLC, has been an industry leader offering the most comprehensive hands-on program in the world.

Denise’s background as a human and canine massage therapist and educator, dog trainer, athletic trainer, and certified personal trainer (NASM) add a unique level of insight and precision to her work with the canine athlete and those with behavioral challenges. As canine bodywork and massage continue to evolve, Denise continues to learn and apply multiple disciplines to bring the most cutting edge bodywork education to the animal world.
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