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|Posted on 24 October, 2018 at 11:10|
What is Story Massage??
“Story Massage is an excellent way for children to develop their confidence and self-esteem. It is calming and relaxing, a way of exploring touch, safely and with respect, but most of all, it is great fun!” Learning Mentor, Kingsmead School.
Starting out as an expert in Infant Massage, Jenni was always asked how to incorporate massage in a safe space for older children, and Story Massage is that next step.
Story Massage has been created so that teachers, group leaders and parents can introduce your students to a daily relaxing, social and meditative practice in a fun, engaging and easy way. Your class will receive a set of stories to use as well as tools to develop their own stories either in the classroom or at home with their friends and family. We hope you will notice all kinds of positive affects in your classroom and have a tool to either continue daily or call upon as needed.
What is Story Massage?
Story Massage combines the benefits of positive touch with the creativity of words – whether as story, rhyme or song. Ten simple massage strokes form the basis of the programme. These strokes have a name, such as The Circle or The Sprinkle, and an easy to recognise symbol making it fully accessible for all ages and abilities.
There is also an educational element as Story Massage can be used to fit in with the national curriculum. Many children have learnt their numbers and letters, and elements of history, geography and nature through massage stories.
Story Massage offers a way of learning and communicating through play and positive interaction. You can adapt your own massage stories from favourite stories and nursery rhymes, or have fun creating your own stories to reflect particular interests, activities or events.
“Within a few months of regular Story Massage sessions, we have seen a marked improvement in vocabulary. This is directly linked to the fact that Story Massage literally brings words to life for our pupils and makes learning a more enriching and beneficial experience for everyone.” Avril Mounsey, Class Teacher at Kiladangan National School, Tipperary.
To find out more about the amazing benefits of Story Massage and how to bring Story Massage to your school or group please get in touch with Mellow Baby;