Helping Children Cope with Bereavement

Story Massage is now a beneficial part of a bedtime routine for a 7 year old who was finding it hard to sleep after the death of a much-loved grandmother. “Story Massage has really helped her cope with bereavement,” says her mother, Kath Routledge, who has recently won our Best Practice Award for her work with Story Massage.

Kath’s Story Massage for Bereavement

“My daughter has been finding things tough when thinking about her granny, especially at bedtime,” says Kath, a Relax Kids Coach, pictured above with her children, “So we do our Missing Granny Story Massage every night now – and sometimes in the day too! It’s a real comfort for her, and I’ve found it has helped her settle. At times in the past she has been inconsolable, but since writing and sharing this massage story, things are a lot easier for her. And if she does wake in the night, a short Story Massage helps her get back to sleep quite quickly now.”

Story Massage with Kath

Kath (pictured below enjoying a Story Massage training day) uses Story Massage with her children at home whenever the time feels right – at bedtime or in the day. “I love that we don’t have to follow a script” says Kath, “I make something up linked to what’s bothering them at that time – and it is always so relaxing and calming for them.  I’ve found I’ve become very creative in my story telling now.”

Kath uses Story Massage as part of her Relax Kids classes and also runs Story Massage sessions. You can find out all about her on her website: Relax with Kath

More about Story Massage

Story Massage combines the benefits of positive touch with the creativity of storytelling. Ten massage strokes form the basis of the Story Massage programme. These strokes have a simple name, such as The Circle or The Sprinkle, and an easy to recognise symbol making it fully accessible for all ages and abilities.

Would you like to train in Story Massage?

Are you inspired by the way that Kath has used Story Massage to help her daughter cope with bereavement? Would you like to train to use Story Massage in your work or home? We run a popular one day accredited training course that is held around the country for individuals and groups. On these days we teach you how to share the ten Story Massage strokes and work with you to adapt familiar stories and even create some sensory stories of your own. Ideal for therapists, Early Years practitioners, teachers, those working with people with additional needs, Relax Kids coaches… everyone with an interest in sharing positive touch activities with children and adults. We also offer in-house training options and an online course. All the information is here: Story Massage Training

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