About Me

Janice Zazinski of Beloved Companion Animal Massage.

Janice Zazinski of Beloved Companion Animal Massage.

Although I did not grow up with my own companion animals, I have always loved them and, of course, pestered my parents for a dog or cat. As soon as I was on my own and able to I adopted a cat, and it has been raining dogs and cats in my home ever since.

My inspiration for Beloved Companion Animal Massage was Winnie. This “fluffy” Pembroke Corgi came into my life as an older dog and soon developed arthritis in her rear legs. While traditional veterinary treatment eased her symptoms, holistic therapy such as acupuncture gave her even more quality of life. In her final few months, I learned about canine massage from my niece, a surgical veterinary technician, who recommended Zen Animal Massage.

During Winnie’s massages Julie and I talked about her business. I did my research and enrolled in her alma mater, Bancroft School of Massage Therapy’s Doggone U.

My inspiration for Beloved Companion.

My inspiration for Beloved Companion.

In addition to massage techniques, Bancroft has rigorous coursework in Small Animal anatomy and physiology, animal behavior, CPR and first aid, and more.

I interned at Arlington’s Mill Brook Animal Clinic and Save A Dog in Sudbury, and have massaged the llama, pig, and goats of Wilson Farm in Lexington, veterans’ combat dogs for the Commonwealth’s Department of Veterans’ Services, and many private clients.

In addition to my private practice, I massage dogs by appointment at Crate Escape in Belmont. I also work full-time at The First Church in Belmont, Unitarian Universalist. I am humbled daily by the love and support of friends, family, and the occasional random stranger. I share my home in Arlington with my beloved Rob and his sons, Jay and Dan, and our rescue dog, Daisy.

Member of and insured by Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals