Story Massage involves the use of simple movements (through clothes), associated with words that help to build up a story. Tracing a large circle on a child’s back, for example, can depict the image of the world while a gentle squeezing action on the shoulders can represent eating something very delicious. Story Massage can be shared as a child to a child or parent to child activity. It is currently being used and developed worldwide in a variety of settings including home, school, after-school clubs, family centres, hospices and special schools.
Benefits of Story Massage
We all love stories. When combined with the benefits of simple massage strokes, stories present wonderful opportunities for creative fun and interaction. Sharing positive touch offers great scope for imaginative activity and learning for children of all ages and abilities.
Story Massage Strokes
The benefits of positive touch for children are backed by extensive research from The Massage in Schools Association and Touch Research Institute Miami with findings including:
- Improved calmness and concentration.
- Increased self-confidence, self-awareness and self-esteem
- Improved social skills
- Increased engagement in activities
- Better communication
The course is taught by Mary Atkinson and Sandra Hooper, co-founders of The Story Massage Programme. This fun and interactive course covers the ten simple strokes that form the basis of the programme and resources. You will also have the opportunity to learn how to adapt stories and books for Story Massage, and even try writing your own!
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