About Me

Hello. My name is Lisa Stilwell and I run Essex Rivers Clinical Canine Massage. I work with dogs of all ages, from pets to show dogs, working dogs and canine athletes. I help to rehabilitate soft tissue injuries commonly seen as lameness and also support common orthopaedic conditions such as Hip Dysplasia and Spondylosis.  Clinical Canine Massage can also be beneficial for dogs requiring chronic pain management for long term conditions such as Arthritis.

My background is as a Registered General Nurse. I started nurse training after leaving college in 1993 and gained a Higher National Diploma in Adult Nursing and later BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies. In my career I have worked in a variety of clinical and managerial positions across the NHS.

In addition to running Essex Rivers Clinical Canine Massage I am Clinical Trials Coordinator for the Canine Massage Guild. I am currently working with University Centre Sparsholt and University of Winchester on the first ever study into the efficacy of Clinical Canine Massage, specifically The Lenton Method.

Dogs have always been a big part of my life. Growing up we always had Samoyeds and at one point a rescued Beagle. I live in South Woodham Ferrers in Mid-Essex with my husband and two Samoyeds Dexter and Skye. My parents’ Beagle Archie is also a frequent visitor to our home.

Dexter had been diagnosed with unilateral hip dysplasia at 9 months old and I came across Clinical Canine Massage whilst looking for ways to support him as he aged. After attending a Beginners Guide to Canine Massage workshop run by Natalie Lenton, I was amazed at the positive results I saw in Dexter and was inspired to learn more.

I was so inspired to help not only my dogs, but other dogs as well that I took a leap of faith and left my job to train to be a Clinical Canine Massage Therapist. I have never looked back and I am dedicated to improving the quality of life for all dogs that I treat. It is a privilege to work with dogs and I truly have the best job in the world.

Please give me a ring or email me if you would like to find out how Clinical Canine Massage can help your dog.