Best Practice Award Winners – December 2021

Many congratulations to our latest Best Practice Award winners who share the many benefits of the Story Massage Programme in respectful and meaningful ways in a whole variety of settings. Their work shows the versatility, creativity, and fun of the programme for people of all ages and abilities.

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Centre of Excellence Award Winners – December 2021

We are delighted to announce our four latest Centre of Excellence Award winners. 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 shown great creativity, versatility, and enthusiasm for sharing the benefits of the programme with learners of varying ages and abilities.

 Our new Centres of Excellence are:

  • Evergreen Primary School
  • Fairfield School
  • Rutherford School
  • Woolston 6th Form College

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FREE Christmas Resources for Story Massage

Our gift to you… FREE Christmas resources including a booklet of 30 Christmas and winter-themed stories, rhymes and songs.  In this blog you will find follow-along videos of two of the massage stories plus all the information on obtaining your free resources to enjoy at home and at work during the festive season. The Story Massage Programme is fun and fully inclusive of all ages and abilities.

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Engagement with Stories for Learners with PMLD

How can you encourage engagement and fun with stories for learners with PMLD? This is a question addressed by Lucy Williams in her blog Literature for Children with PMLD. Lucy talks about her personal experiences with her son, Thomas, and explains some of the ways she is helping him to enjoy books. And this includes the Story Massage Programme. You can read more here.

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Five Festive Rhymes for Christmas

Follow-along with five festive rhymes adapted for the Story Massage Programme and demonstrated by Mary Atkinson, co-founder of the programme. We encourage you to relax and enjoy some feel-good time together. And you would like more free Christmas resources (including a PDF of 30 stories, songs and rhymes adapted with Story Massage strokes) then take a look here: Free Christmas Story Massage Resources. 

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Supporting World Nursery Rhyme Week 2021

We’re supporting World Nursery Rhyme Week 2021 by adapting the rhymes with Story Massage strokes. This is just one of the many ways that you can enjoy the fun and joy of nursery rhymes. Do check out the website World Nursery Rhyme Week to find a wide selection of resources including sing-a-longs with Piccolo Music.

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FREE Autumn Resources for Story Massage Programme

Here are some fun, inclusive and FREE autumn resources just for you. Check out our follow-along videos plus a PDF of over 30 autumn-themed massage stories, songs and rhymes with a selection for all ages and abilities.

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Feedback for Story Massage Online Training

Our Story Massage Online Training option is getting fantastic feedback from those who have completed the course. We’ve had students from all over the world including Bahrain, Japan, Singapore, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Germany, Denmark and Australia. And we have our first student with complex needs who is studying with the help of a mentor.

You can find out more and book your place here: Story Massage Online Training. And if you are still trying to make up your mind, then just read the reviews!

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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.