Sensory Stories in a Children’s Hospice

Story Massage is bringing joy to children and young adults at the end of their lives. Vikki German, Play and Activities Co-ordinator at Shooting Star Chase Children’s Hospice, uses Story Massage every day as part of the activities programme.  Indeed, Vikki has been chosen as one of our Best Practice Award winners for her enthusiasm in sharing sensory stories in such a creative way.

“My first introduction to Story Massage was watching another therapist using it at our children’s hospice,” says Vikki, above left, “I was so excited that I immediately booked on a training day and I was hooked. It is such a fun and flexible programme. We have a day care centre here at Shooting Star House where we have pre-school children aged 5 and under. We share a sensory story every day now. You can see how our resident teddy acts as the perfect seat for Story Massage!”

Sharing Sensory Stories in a Children’s Hospice

“I really enjoy seeing how the children get so involved with the sensory story,” says Vikki, “Story Massage seems to make the words come alive. I have a selection of books suitable for young adults too. I simply add stickers to the pages of the books so that everyone knows which Story Massage stroke to use. It is so easy and versatile – and everyone loves it. We get so much pleasure from seeing their smiling faces.”

Vikki also loves to create her own stories and poems for Story Massage sessions as this adds a personal touch. Here is one of Vikki’s massage stories written for Mothers Day.  It is such a simple but poignant tribute to all mothers that Shooting Star Chase recorded a video to share on their website.

And here are the words:

More about Story Massage

Story Massage combines the benefits of positive, respectful touch with the creativity and engagement of storytelling. 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 like Mummy, I Love You.

Would you like to train in Story Massage?

Are you inspired by the way that Vikki is using sensory stories in a children’s hospice?  Would you like to train to use Story Massage in your work or home? We run a one day accredited training course that is held around the country for individuals and groups. These days can also be organised as in-house training sessions.  And we have a new online training option.

We teach you how to share the ten Story Massage strokes and work with you to adapt familiar stories and even create some sensory stories of your own. Ideal for teachers, SEN staff, support staff, therapists, Early Years practitioners,  those working with people with additional needs, Baby Massage Instructors, Relax Kids Coaches… everyone with an interest in sharing positive touch activities with children. All the information is here: Story Massage Training

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