How to Be a Pro-Touch Ambassador

October is Pro-Touch Awareness Month and we are so delighted to be a key Pro-Touch Ambassador this year. We want to help you share the benefits of positive, consensual touch for all ages and abilities in homes, schools, colleges, workplaces, everywhere – all over the world.


How to Become a Pro-Touch Ambassador

One of the ways of supporting the Pro-Touch campaign is to sign up as an Ambassador and receive a pack that is absolutely bursting with ideas and resources. You will find the link to sign up here for (£30 plus VAT and postage): Ambassador Pack.

For those who love the Story Massage Programme, we have two exclusive follow-along massage stories on a theme of kindness and connection. Ideal for school classes and assemblies, parent events and bedtime stories. These videos demonstrate the stories as shared peer or adult-to-child/adult hand massage and also self-hand massage. Mainstream and special schools can find out more here: Pro-Touch in Schools. 


What’s in the Ambassador Pack

For just £30 (rrp £46 for goods and digital graphics alone) you will receive the following:

  • Lizzie Ladybird Story Massage Resources including two massage stories (for different age groups) on a theme of kindness with follow-along video demonstrations, instructions and laminated Lizzie Ladybird graphic.
  • Beautiful Pro-Touch Goods including:

Exclusive Pro-Touch Ambassador T-shirt

Pro-Touch Movement Massage Cream

Pro-Touch Movement Massage Candle

Pro-Touch Movement Cotton Tote Bag

Three Pro-Touch Movement re-usable Window Stickers

  • Guidance Notes with ideas and instructions.
  • Exclusive Pro-Touch Ambassador website logo and banner plus social media graphic.
  • Video series with ideas for sharing safe and consensual positive touch.
  • Marketing Ideas including a heart-led e-book and a press release template.
  • Fundraising Support with a Piggy Box plus printable sponsor form and fundraising poster.


Other ways of supporting the Pro-Touch Movement

+ Purchase Pro-Touch goods individually from the Pro-Touch website.

+ Purchase a Digital Ambassador pack (£5) with logos and videos, but no physical goods, also from the Pro-Touch website.

+ Join the National Massage Day and Pro-Touch Awareness Facebook Group and download free National Massage Day and Pro-Touch Awareness Month logos.


Join the Pro-Touch Community

We would love you to share your activities and events with others so we encourage you to upload your photos to the facebook group and website.

Plus 10% of proceeds will go directly to Compton Care in Wolverhampton, a hospice close to the heart of Lizzie Badger, Founder of the Pro-Touch Movement.


 Sign Up Now!

You will find the link to sign up as a Pro-Touch Ambassador here: Ambassador Pack.

 

Gaining Consent to Touch

Seeking consent to touch is an integral part of the Story Massage Programme. For many schools, colleges and families, the programme has become a valuable way of teaching appropriate touch and the importance of saying a confident ‘no’ to unwanted touch. We look at just a few examples of good practice with children and young people of all ages and abilities.


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Outdoor Learning and the Story Massage Programme

Children of all ages and abilities are now enjoying the benefits of outdoor learning. We talk to Story Massage Practitioners who are taking classes outside to share the joy of sensory stories in nature.

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Centre of Excellence Award Winners – June 2021

We are thrilled to announce our four latest Centre of Excellence Award winners – all Special Schools supporting learners with a range of educational needs. This prestigious award is presented to schools, charities and organisations where at least four members of staff are trained in the Story Massage Programme, and they have been using it for over a year. Our four new Centres of Excellence have embraced the challenges of the pandemic and shown continued enthusiasm for sharing the benefits of the programme.

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Our Best Practice Winners – June 2021

Many congratulations to our latest Best Practice winners. It has been a challenging year but these wonderful people have ensured that children and young people of all ages and abilities have continued to enjoy the benefits of the Story Massage Programme.

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Well-Being for Pre-School Children

Well-being teacher, Una Curran, shares important lessons around mental health and well-being for pre-school children in Ireland. “I teach classes for children from two and half years of age,” says Una, “It is amazing how quickly self-help and relaxation techniques become a way of life for them.”

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Story Massage for Learners with PMLD – Ten Benefits

Combining touch and massage for learners with PMLD is helping to improve well-being and learning at Springside Primary School in Rochdale. A teaching assistant, Vicky, who recently completed the Story Massage Programme online course, shares the top ten benefits for pupils (of varying ages) in her class at the school.


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Introducing Meaningful Props to Story Massage Sessions

Simple and meaningful props can enhance your Story Massage sessions, explains Caroline Hill, Founder of Making SENse Creative Services Limited. A trained Story Massage Instructor, Caroline shares how she uses props within her sessions with children and adults with complex learning disabilities.

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Occupational Therapy and the Story Massage Programme

Specialist Occupational Therapist, Hanna Munro, described our Story Massage book as her ‘new favourite book’ in a recent video on her facebook page. So we asked Hanna to write a guest blog. Read on to discover the benefits of combining the Story Massage Programme with Occupational Therapy for children with autism and sensory integration difficulties.


Occupational Therapy and Sensory Differences

I work with children from age 3 plus. Many of these children have autism or ADHD. Some have no diagnosis but have sensory differences. I mainly work directly with families, sometimes I work with schools, both mainstream and special schools. I used to work for a residential special school for children with autism and some of the occupational therapists there had been on the Story Massage training. It was very popular both in school and in the children’s home.


Building Relationships and Trust

Many of the children that I work with have communication and interaction difficulties. Sharing massage stories can help them to build a relationship and trust with their teacher or parent in a non-threatening way. It is also beneficial when children are going through a tricky time. Massage stories can help get a conversation started in a supportive, non-confrontational way. This often encourages them to talk about their own feelings and experiences.


Story Massage and Bedtime Routine

Almost all of the children I work with in my occupational therapy sessions have difficulties getting to sleep. Parents report that sharing massage stories at bedtime can help with this. My own 7 year old can get quite anxious about going to school the next day and enjoying a relaxing massage story before bed helps him to feel calm and to get to sleep more easily. He likes to choose a story from the Story Massage book himself. He also likes to give me a massage in return.

My 8 year old, who is autistic, finds deep pressure calming and I use the Story Massage strokes with his favourite stories such as the Julia Donaldson ones. He can find it difficult to switch off at bedtime and this really helps him.

I have recently done some training for sleep practitioners and I have recommended the online Story Massage Course to them too!


Calming and Regulating

Many children with sensory integration difficulties, like my son, find deep tactile pressure calming and regulating. The Story Massage strokes are a great way of applying deep pressure in a fun and relaxing way. I recommend the Story Massage Programme to parents for when their child is in ‘high gear’ and they know their child needs to calm down. Children often struggle to regulate and need help from the parent and sharing massage stories can be a reassuring and positive way of interacting in difficult times.


Fun and Flexible Programme

I am always recommending the Story Massage Programme! It is easy to learn and suitable for parents, carers, teachers, therapists and children themselves to do. It is so versatile and flexible, making it ideal as part of occupational therapy sessions and for follow-up advice and suggestions too. It can be adapted to meet the needs of the child you are working with so suitable for almost anyone. Massage stories can be shared as one to one, in groups, at any time of the day, they can be 2 minute sessions or a long session. They can be taken from the book, adapted from favourite books or you can create your own massage story.


More about the Story Massage Programme

The Story Massage Programme bring the benefits of positive, respectful touch together with the creativity and engagement of storytelling. Ten simple massage strokes form the basis of the programme. These strokes have a name, such as The Circle or The Sprinkle, an action and an easy to recognise symbol. It is a fully inclusive activity, no clothing is removed and no oil is used. The strokes are all explained in our Story Massage book Once upon a touch…story massage for children.

Story Massage Book


Would you like to train in Story Massage?

Are you inspired by Hanna’s blog about combining Occupational Therapy sessions with the Story Massage Programme? Would you like to learn more? Sign up for our Story Massage Online Course and help share the benefits with the children or adults in your care – at home or at work.

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 and adults.

 

Story Massage with Yoga and Movement

Combining yoga and movement with the Story Massage Programme helps increase engagement and participation in stories and poems. Ashleigh Paddon, a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist and Complementary Therapist at The Therapy Tree (Devon) Ltd, talks about her work with children with severe and complex needs.

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