The end of the school year can bring mixed emotions for many pupils. These feelings are expressed in a positive and affirming massage story written by pupils and staff at The Early Focus Project and St James Primary School, Dublin 8. We hope you find it helpful.
Making a Transition to a New School
We are all part of the family of St. James School. (The Circle)
We enjoy growing and learning together with our friends and our class. (The Fan)
Soon we will come to the end of the school year and change to a new class/school. (The Wave)
When we walk into a new class/school we might feel worried, nervous or a mix of emotions. (The Walk)
But changes can bring us lots of new adventures with our friends in school. (The Bounce)
We have to remember how our caterpillars grow and change and go into their chrysalis. (The Fan)
But they change and emerge into beautiful butterflies and fly in our garden. (The Sprinkle)
We will all grow and change together with our friends (The Circle)
as we look forward to new, exciting experiences…. (The Calm)
Two pupils demonstrate the End of School Year Massage Story
Benefits of the Story Massage Programme
The programme is a regular part of activities at the Early Focus Project and St James Primary School. “The children respond very well to the Story Massage Programme,” says Una Curran, one of our latest Best Practice Winners, “They find it very relaxing and calming. We use it every day to help them settle for more quiet and concentrated work. It also teaches the children about kind hands – they ask each other if they want a massage when they are playing in the yard.”
“Story Massage sessions are among the therapies that I provide within my work as a mindfulness and well-being teacher at different schools and venues,” adds Una, “It is so helpful for relaxation and also for expressing and exploring difficult feelings such as those at the end of the school year. It helps children to feel safe and secure within themselves.”
More about the Story Massage Programme
The programme combines the benefits of positive, respectful touch with the creativity and engagement of storytelling. Ten simple massage strokes form the basis of the Story Massage programme. These strokes have a child friendly 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.
Would you like to train in the Story Massage Programme?
Are you inspired by the way that staff at the Early Focus Project and St James Primary School are using Story Massage to promote positive mental health? Would you like to train to share the benefits of the programme in your work or home? We have a popular online training course to help you learn the Story Massage strokes and adapt familiar stories and even create some sensory stories of your own.
The online course is ideal for teachers, SEN staff, support staff, therapists, Early Years practitioners, those working with people with additional needs, Baby Massage Instructors, Relax Kids Coaches… everyone with an interest in sharing positive touch activities with children and adults. All the information is here: Story Massage Online Training.