Next up was Effie’s canine massage and reiki session performed by Diane Major of Baking Babies. Prior to, I couldn’t imagine Effie relaxing for such a treatment. I also couldn’t picture how exactly it would be done.
Diane walked into the room and instantly, her calm, positive energy was evident. Immediately Effie warmed to her. Our session began with reiki, a form of alternative medicine where healing energy is transferred through the palms of the practitioner. Effie lay on the ground peacefully while Diane focused on Effie.
The massage, however, was what truly blew me away. Perhaps you had to be there, but it was clear that Effie sank into a deep state of relaxation. She was like putty in Diane’s hands the way she allowed her to explore her joints, muscles and spine, and only reacting slightly when Diane hit a sore spot.
The best part of the massage for me was the tricks and secret spots that Diane shared so I might perform them on Effie at home. Dogs are just like us; they get tight and sore, especially after a long run. Massages can do wonders for them!
Effie seemed to fall asleep during the hour-long massage session – but at times would open her eyes to signal she clearly was not. She was simply in a deep state of pleasure enjoying Diane’s strong, skilled hands. I can’t describe how joyful it was to see her enjoying herself so much. To think she was experiencing something so pleasurable, wonderful and new. There is no greater joy than seeing your loved ones happy – and this was one of those moments.
Some of the massage moves I’ve been using on Effie since her massage include pulsing the paws to help blood flow, rubbing pressure points (the soft spot at the base of the spine is a good one), and smoothing out the kinks between her ribs (if you run your hands between your dogs ribs, you’ll feel little ridges that can be smoothed out).
A big furry shake at the end of the massage is a sign the treatment was thoroughly enjoyed. When our hour-long session was up, Effie jumped off the bed and, sure enough, gave a huge shake of satisfaction. Later that evening her energy was electric. At the dog park she went crazy sprinting around in circles. The next morning however, she was lethargic and slow during our run. Another sign the massage was successful. Because most dogs aren’t massaged in such an intense manner, they’re often sore afterwards – this seemed to be the case with Effie.
The remainder of Effie’s Pampered Pooch Staycation was bliss and she took full advantage of the king-sized bed while I explored the Opus’ culinary attraction…
A highlight for dog-parents is having award-winning Northern Italian restaurant La Pentola adjoining Opus’ lobby. While Effie enjoyed the room to herself, mom enjoyed a delightful, five-course meal featuring BC Spot Prawns, fresh house-made pasta, creamy risotto, expertly chosen Italian wines and attentive service. Breakfast is also served from the La Pentola kitchen and available through room service. New to the Opus is a renovated bar area with new offerings including Matchstick Coffee, Cartems Donuts, The Juice Truck cold pressed juice, baking from Cadeaux and To Die For Banana Bread and Lemon Loaf.
Huge thanks to the Opus team for treating us to this incredible experience!