We occasionally present special young people with our Junior Best Practice Award – and today we are delighted to give the award to 11 year old Luella Perkins. She is only the third winner of this prestigious award. A real fan of the Story Massage Programme, Luella shares massage stories with her friends, family and even her pet rabbit!
Happy Birthday Luella!
Luella celebrated her birthday recently and one of her favourite presents was a Story Massage Programme set – with a book, DVD, wallchart and stickers. This was a present from her aunt, Sophie Kidd-Munnery, a trained Story Massage Instructor, who knows just how much Luella loves sharing massage stories. “I love my set, especially the big posters,” says Luella, “Using these posters, I have already been showing other people (including my dad) all the different strokes. I love making up stories in general and it makes it even more fun with strokes to go with the words too.”
Luella’s cousin, Maisy, who is several disabled, enjoys receiving massages – and so Luella and Poppy (Maisy’s sister) often give a joint massage to make her smile. You can them in the photo above. “I love doing massages on Maisy and Poppy and on my friends too, but especially my rabbit Dotty,’ says Luella. “It definitely helps everyone relax.”
Story Massage for Pets
And here is a video of Luella sharing a massage poem with Dotty. Luella wrote the words herself as a way of showing Dotty how much she is loved. We think it is fab – and clearly Dotty does too!
We hope you enjoy your award and continue to enjoy and share the Story Massage Programme.
More about the Story Massage Programme
The Story Massage Programme combines positive touch with the fun and creativity of storytelling. Ten simple massage strokes form the basis of the programme. These ten strokes each have a 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. You can enjoy it anywhere at anytime – even like Luella and her family – in the rain!
Would you like to train in the Story Massage Programme?
Are you inspired by Luella’s enjoyment of Story Massage? Could the programme bring benefits for your family or your workplace? Our training is open to everyone with an interest in sharing positive touch activities with adults or children. All the information is here: Story Massage Training
The best way to explain the benefits of the Story Massage Programme is to see it in action. So here are six video clips showing children and young adults engaging with the fun and interaction of a Story Massage session. You can see the wide variety of settings where the programme brings benefits to people of all ages and abilities.
We are delighted to welcome Jo Grace, founder of The Sensory Projects to our Story Massage Programme blog. Jo writes about the rewards and challenges of taking her training days on tour – whilst also being pregnant! If you are supporting people with profound disabilities, at home or at work, you will find Jo’s training days are full of inspiration, ideas and information. Over to Jo…..
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 adults with complex learning disabilities in residential homes.
“A wonderful interactive and calming experience for children with PMLD” was how Sophie Kidd-Munnery described the Story Massage Programme in a recent facebook post. We were really touched by Sophie’s glowing testimony of the benefits for her two daughters, Maisy and Poppy (pictured below). So we’ve repeated it here … in Sophie’s own words.
Join us for a Story Massage training day in Folkestone. Open to everyone with an interest in sharing positive touch activities. The Story Massage Programme is a fun and inclusive activity that is making a real difference to children and adults of all ages and abilities. Continue reading
Would you like to know more about the content of our FHT accredited Story Massage training day. Here is a ‘fly on the wall’ view of some of our recent training days. Continue reading
We are thrilled to announce our three latest Centres of Excellence – all from Scotland! 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 Centres of Excellence show remarkable commitment and enthusiasm for delivering the benefits of the programme.
Many congratulations to our latest Best Practice Award winners. And what an inspiration they are! It has been such a privilege to read through the entries. Here is a brief look at just some of many ways that the Story Massage Programme is bringing benefits within a whole range of settings.
Many people share the Story Massage Programme within their multisensory rooms so we were particularly interested in Joanna Grace’s new book Multiple Multisensory Rooms – Myth Busting the Magic. And it is a ‘must read’ for parents, professionals and anyone who genuinely wants to make the most of the opportunities offered by this sensory space.