Celebrating Friendship with Story Massage

Our Story Massage training days inspire people to create their own massage stories to share with children and adults at work or home. And we love receiving your ideas to publish on our blog. Here is a lovely Story Massage about valuing your friendship circle.

This Friendship Story Massage was written by Sarah Hall, a special school teacher, aromatherapist and reflexologist who runs Willows Sensory Service for children and adults with learning disabilities. Sessions for individuals and schools include sensory drama, sensory art, sensory songs and stories. Sarah loves to encourage people to adapt her stories so that they have a personal touch – so please change the words of this friendship massage to suit the situation.

My Friendship Circle

On Monday my friend Jaz met my friend Sue (Bounce)

And now my 2 friends are also friends too, Jaz, Sue and Me (Bounce)

That makes 3. (Circle)

Our circle of friends is getting bigger. (Circle)

On Tuesday a knock at the door… It’s Colin – 3 and 1 makes 4. (Drum)

Our circle of friends is getting bigger. (Circle)

We all went to the park to play after school finished on Wednesday. (Circle)

There we met 2 boys playing footie. (Bounce)

They were called Vinay and Mattie. (Bounce)

We called it a day when a dog bit our ball – 4 and 2 added up makes 6 in total. (Bounce)

Our circle of friends is getting bigger and bigger. (Circle)

Swimming lessons on Thursday … We made more friends – Anne, Meg, Joe and Ben. (Fan)

Add 6 and 4 and that makes 10. (Bounce)

Our circle of friends is getting bigger and bigger. (Circle)

Friday at cubs we played with Heather. (Circle)

11 of us to all play together. (Bounce)

Our circle of friends is getting bigger and bigger … (Circle)

On Saturday it’s my birthday party. (Drum)

11 of us and don’t forget …. Marty. (Drum)

He’s my favourite cousin. (Squeeze)

Taking the number to 12, which is called a dozen. (Bounce)

Our circle of friends is big! (Circle)

On Sunday, I’m tired …. I need a rest. (Calm)

See you next week friends, you’re the best. (Squeeze)

What is Story Massage?

Ten simple massage strokes form the basis of our Story Massage book (Lily is pictured above holding the book), resources and training. These strokes have a child friendly name, such as The Drum or The Circle, and an easy to recognise symbol making it fully accessible for all ages and abilities.

If, like Sarah Hall,  you would like to introduce Story Massage in your home or work, then we hold a one day training course that is held around the country for individuals and groups. On these days we teach the Story Massage strokes and then work with you to adapt familiar stories and even create some sensory stories of your own. Ideal for anyone interested in sharing peer massage and positive touch ideas for children and adults of all ages and abilities. We also offer in-house training options. All the information is here: Story Massage Training

I organised a story massage assembly for the whole school from reception right through to sixth form. The children really enjoyed it, and some of the sixth form were spotted doing the massage at break time! The older children are now practising Story Massage strokes so they can help out with the younger children. Story Massage can be adapted to suit the needs of every child. And what’s so wonderful is that we don’t need to ask for funding for resources.” Nicky Morris, teacher at a Special School

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