Discover the powerful combination of storytelling with simple massage techniques on this FHT Accredited Day Course in MANCHESTER. Open to everyone with an interest in sharing positive touch activities with children and adults. Continue reading
Are you looking for ideas for celebrating the Chinese New Year? Story Massage is a positive touch activity for children and adults. Here is a sensory story for Chinese New Year. Continue reading
We are delighted to be running a Story Massage training day from Booker Park Community School in Aylesbury, Bucks on Tuesday 24th April 2018. The FHT accredited CPD day course is open to everyone interested in positive touch for children and adults of all ages and abilities. Do join us to learn an innovative and simple approach to sharing sensory activities. Continue reading
“The benefits of positive touch activities through Story Massage have been amazing in our school nurture groups,” says Charlene Craig, a Nurture Teacher at Quarry Brae Primary School in Glasgow. “It is one of the best training days I have ever attended. Story Massage is an invaluable tool, quite literally at your fingertips, that can bring so many benefits for children.” Continue reading
Staff at Staffordshire Complex Needs Service are using Story Massage very successfully with adults with PMLD. “Our service users have responded really well to Story Massage sessions,” explains Louise Molineux, Senior Day Service Officer, “The majority of our service users are non verbal so Story Massage offers a way of sharing stories in an inclusive way and we often personalise the story too.” Continue reading
The best way to explain the benefits of Story Massage for children with PMLD is to see it in action. So here are five video clips showing children engaging with the fun and interaction that can be enjoyed during a Story Massage session.
Story Massage in a Sensory Room
This video shows how Rebecca and Chelsea, two learners with cerebral palsy are really engaging with the story and benefiting from the massage strokes in a school sensory room. Just look at the smiling faces – of both learners and staff!
Relaxing Story Massage for Maisie after physiotherapy
Physiotherapy sessions can be demanding for children with PMLD so Sophie gives her daughter a gentle sensory story to help calm and soothe her afterwards. “Story Massage has been such a huge benefit to my severely disabled daughter,” says Sophie, “It is now part of our daily activities. Even my six year old has learnt how to do it on her sister and it is a very special thing to see.”
Group Story Massage at Ysgol Y Deri Special School
Story Massage is part of the sensory curriculum for children with PMLD at Ysgol Y Deri Special School. Staff have recorded increased engagement and communication. “It is very rare to find an activity that can engage all learners no matter what their needs, age or disabilities,” says Lisa Lawrence, Sensory Learning Leader, “Story Massage offers flexibility to develop your own stories and make it unique to your setting.”
Finn wants more and more….
“Finn loves Story Massage, especially The Grand Old Duke of York,” says his mother, Harley. “As you can see from this video, he doesn’t want it to stop. He gets excited and keeps asking for more. This clip only shows half of our session together!”
Adapting Sensory Stories at Wood Bank Special School
“Every child is so different and we love the flexibility of the Story Massage programme of ten strokes,” says Cheryl Bailey, teaching assistant, who is filmed below during a group session at the school. “In this video you can see how I am able to personalise the massage session for Mary using her favourite strokes and just the right pressure.”
More about Story Massage for Children with PMLD
Story Massage combines the benefits of positive, respectful touch with the creativity and engagement of storytelling making it the ideal interaction for children with PMLD. Ten simple massage strokes form the basis of the Story Massage programme. These strokes have a child friendly name, such as The Circle or The Sprinkle, and an easy to recognise symbol making it accessible for all. It is a fully inclusive activity, no clothing is removed and no oil is used. Stories can be taken from our Story Massage book, adapted from favourite stories or songs. or you can even create your own stories.
Would you like to train in Story Massage?
Are you inspired by the way that sensory stories are being used with children with PMLD? Would you like to train to use Story Massage in your work or home? We run a one day accredited training courses held around the country for individuals and groups. These days can also be organised as in-house training sessions. And we also have a new online training option.
Interested in training in Story Massage but would you like know a bit more? Here are answers to some frequently asked questions.
There have been a few requests about accessing our Story Massage strokes as digital images. So we have developed our resources and there are now three options for purchase. These are only available for people who have completed our face-to-face or online training course.
Option 1 – the strokes as pdfs. £10. These are ideal for use as a powerpoint presentation of the strokes. These pdfs have the names of the strokes (see example below) and can also be saved in word and used for creating stories using your own templates.
Option 2 – our new development is the strokes in circular form as jpg, giff or pgn. £15. These are the same format as the stickers so can be used with our standard templates (see example below). They can also be used to create your own word documents.
Option 3 – You can, of course, have both options for £25!
HOW TO BUY THE DIGITAL IMAGES
These images are only available to people who have completed our face-to-face or online training. Please email your request and the date and venue of your training to firstname.lastname@example.org
We are absolutely delighted to announce our latest Centre of Excellence and Best Practice Award winners. These inspiring people are all using Story Massage in a positive and respectful way to bring benefits for children and adults. We will be featuring their individual stories in blogs over the next months, but here is a glimpse of their achievements. We hope they will be celebrating with a cake too! Continue reading