I worked as a veterinary technician since 1996. I was introduced to alternative medicine in 2002 when my dog, Sasha, had her anterior cruciate ligament repaired and the veterinarian that I worked for offered massage, acupuncture, and physical therapy along sided the traditional pain medications. I saw the speed and ease of recovery from surgery that I had not seen in other patients without alternative medicine. I saw decreased drug use, decreased recovery time, and stress reduction. I realized through my training and also receiving massage on a monthly basis that routine maintenance massage is part of the physical and mental equation of being healthy. Massage brings balance to the body, along with eating healthy, exercising, drinking enough water, and getting enough rest.