Story Massage at Kingsmead School in Hackney

‘Brilliant addition to any school environment’… was one of the many positive comments from staff at Kingsmead Primary School in Hackney in London when we introduced peer massage sessions at a Story Massage training day for Learning Mentors.


Story Massage is a simple and fun activity which introduces the benefits of positive touch through storytelling. One Learning Mentor saw peer massage through Story Massage as “an excellent way for children to bond and develop their self-esteem.” They were all enthusiastic about the possibilities of using the skills learnt to help children settle back into school, with another saying it was “calming and relaxing, a way of exploring touch, but most of all, great fun!”

Children using Peer Massage

Two months after the training session, it’s wonderful to see how much the children are enjoying peer massage and benefiting from story massage as part of their school day. Some are even taking the lead in demonstrating the moves!

Peer Massage in Action

Here is a short video of pupils at Kingsmead Primary School sharing a simple Story Massage called Time for Story Massage.

Story Massage Book

The school has purchased the Story Massage book and resources and find that these are valuable additions for sharing massage stories in the classroom.

Are you interested in training in the Story Massage Programme?

If you would like to use the programme at home or work then you will love our flexible online course. All the information is here: Online Training Course.

You will learn how to share the ten Story Massage strokes, adapt familiar stories and even create some sensory stories of your own. Ideal for well-being coaches, therapists, teachers, SEN staff, support staff, Early Years practitioners, those working with people with additional needs, everyone with an interest in sharing positive touch activities with adults or children


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