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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.