Who We Are

My Training & Experience

Hi!  My name is Shannon Sullivan.  Thank you for stopping by my webpage.  I am a Licensed Massage Therapist, Reiki Master and Craniosacral Specialist.  I have additional certification in Pet Massage and currently volunteer at the AZ Desert Museum with the Raptor Free Flight program.   Animals, both domestic and wild, have always been an important part of my life.


Our animal friends give us the gift of companionship in our lives and become an integral piece of our family. They gift us with unconditional love and support in times of joy, sadness, laughter, anger or grief.  Because of their unconditional love, it is important to return this same care to them as well.

An awesome way to return love and support to the family members in our lives is through massage and energy touch.   Animals receive the same benefits from massage, Reiki and Craniosacral work that humans do.  A sense of calm and relaxation, preventative maintenance to decrease injury, decreasing pain in joints, assisting in the healing process after surgery or injury are all benefits of massage and energy work.

At Take a Paws Massage, it is my intention to treat your pet as my own family member, treating him/her with kindness and compassion through massage and bodywork to allow your pet to have optimal health.

My original training is in Therapeutic Massage from the Desert Institute of Healing Arts in Tucson Arizona graduating in August of 2002.  I am Arizona state licensed as well as Nationally Certified.

I am a Reiki Master Teacher trained in the Usui Reiki method and have been working with energy work since 2003.

I earned my Pet Massage Certification with an additional 50 hours of training through Pet Massage Ltd.  in 2006.  Information about their training program can be found at www.petmassage.com .

My training in Spiritual Direction at the Tacheria School of Spiritual Direction in 2009 – 2011 allows me to the ability to listen to others both humans and animals and their relationships to one another.

I currently volunteer one day a week at the AZ Sonoran Desert Museum working with the Raptor Free Flight Program assisting with diet, husbandry and two daily shows working closely with the trainers.

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