It was such a pleasure to meet Joanna Grace, Founder of The Sensory Projects, and talk about the powerful connection between our work – Sensory Stories and the Story Massage Programme. Joanna kindly agreed to write a guest blog which offers a fascinating insight into the power of narrative. She encourages us to look at stories from a different angle and to consider them as a powerful tool for inclusion. Read on to discover a whole new dimension to the benefits of story. Continue reading
Animals love the Story Massage Programme too! We’ve been hearing from people enjoying Story Massage with pets of all shapes and sizes. Read on to find out how 9 year old Sienna helps calm her rabbit, Daisy, with gentle massage strokes and story.
Here are three massage stories written especially for those children starting back to school. Parents can share Story Massage with children at home to help ease any nerves and encourage sharing feelings about transition to a new class. Teachers will find them helpful as a positive touch activity for children in the classroom at the beginning of the new term. Continue reading
Anticipatory bereavement is a vital part of caring for families in a hospice setting. And normalising death and dying for young children can be extremely challenging. Kelly de Souza, award-winning senior holistic therapist at Willowbrook Hospice, explains how the Story Massage Programme can help break bad news and reduce fears around the dying process.
Welcome to Shaula Maitland, today’s guest blogger. Shaula, an experienced Early Years and KS1 teacher from Wiltshire, uses meditation alongside the Story Massage Programme in the classroom and shares her tips in this blog. She has also written her first children’s book Positive Panda, a collection of meditations to nurture a positive mind.
How do you help comfort a child with PMLD after a bereavement? When Maisy’s beloved Granny died (see photo below), her mother struggled to know how to explain her sudden loss. Then Sophie discovered the Story Massage Programme and began using positive touch to help offer support and reassurance to Maisy. Sophie tells us more in this heartwarming blog.
Communication and social interaction are key benefits of the Story Massage Programme at Ty Gwyn Special School in Cardiff. The school is now a Centre of Excellence and has been using the programme effectively with pupils with PMLD and autism for over two years. We talk to Hollie Parsons, senior teaching assistant, who says: “The Story Massage Programme has made a real difference to our pupils and we use it regularly whenever and wherever we can.” Continue reading
Are you looking for new Summer Holiday FUN activities for all the family? Story Massage is the perfect activity to keep everyone happy and engaged. And we now have a Story Massage Online Course to help you learn at a time and place to suit you. Sign up today and you could be sharing Story Massage with children within a few days. Continue reading