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|Posted by drlenni on 10 December, 2018 at 14:25|
Is Mellow Baby ever going to run massage programs for older children?
I love Baby Massage but my kids are older now...what can we do?
I didn't get the chance to learn massage when my kids were young, what can we do now?
I get asked those questions ALL. THE. TIME. And I am delighted to say I now have an actual answer! YES. Mellow Baby has launched a Story Massage program for kids ages 3-11 years.
Soooooo what exactly 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 program. These strokes have a name, such as The Circle or The Sprinkle, and an easy to recognise symbol. It is designed to be simple and easy to remember, making it fully accessible for all ages and abilities.
Story Massage has been created so that parents (and teachers) can introduce kids to a daily relaxing, social and meditative practice in a fun, engaging and easy way. Kids can use the tools to develop their own stories either in the classroom or at home with their friends and family. It will give families all kinds of positive effects and give you a tool, to either continue daily, or call upon as needed.
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 a child favourite activities or events.
There is also an educational element as Story Massage can be used to fit in with the national curriculum in schools. Many children have learnt their numbers, letters, and elements of history, geography and nature through massage stories.
In fact, Story Massage can help you TODAY. It's cold, it's dark and getting your kids to sleep earlier isn't easy (trust me, I know).
Story massage can help with sleep. Research shows that kids who were massaged before bedtime slept better - they fell asleep faster and their sleep patterns improved compared to the control group who was read a bedtime story but didn't receive massage. Read more why you should learn Story Massage as soon as possible and try out on your kids tonight!
Why story massage helps sleep;
1. Nurturing touch reduces stress hormones in the body (for both the giver and the receiver). So you both get lovely, relaxing oxytocin to help you chill out.
2. Story massage, nurturing touch and your mindful presence will create a safe space for your child to fall asleep. Feeling your hand on their back helps your child feel so safe that they can close their eyes and drift to sleep. It also helps you slow down after a busy day.
3. The safe space can inspire the child to share anything worrying them and help them fall asleep faster after getting the load off their backs.
This is the only time I get chat from my kids…all the important things from their day always get talked about when we read together. It’s a lovely time to create space to make sure they can talk to you about anything if they need to.
For more information about Story Massage, and how to find classes with Mellow Baby please check out; mellowbabycanada.com.