Best Practice Award Winners – December 2017

We are absolutely delighted to announce our latest Centre of Excellence and Best Practice Award winners for December 2017. These inspiring people are all using Story Massage in a positive and respectful way to bring benefits for children and adults. Here is a glimpse of their achievements. We hope they will be celebrating with cake too!


Introducing our Winners

We have now trained over 1000 people who are sharing Story Massage with children and adults worldwide. Our award winners have shown remarkable enthusiasm and creativity in using Story Massage in different settings including:

  • Day services for adults with complex needs
  • Care homes for young adults and elderly
  • Nurture groups in primary schools
  • Special schools for pupils with PMLD
  • Autism units in schools
  • Relax Kids sessions
  • Libraries and Arts Centres
  • Yoga groups
  • Community Service Programme at a secondary school
  • Infant massage classes

…. and even rural communities in Mexico!


Centre of Excellence

Staffordshire Complex Needs Service

We have been so impressed by the creative work of the team (Louise Molineux, Karen Tyer, Nicola Millward, Diane Cobby and Sheila Williamson) using Story Massage for adults with complex needs in seven day services across the county. “Most of our service users are non verbal so Story Massage offers a way of sharing stories in an inclusive way,” says Louise, “We have noticed huge benefits in terms of eye contact, acceptance of touch, anticipation and engagement. It is really exciting to see such a positive impact. We have also shared Story Massage with their carers who are using it effectively at home too.” Read more here: Introducing Story Massage in a Complex Needs Service


Best Practice Winners

We have 14 new Best Practice Award winners – and each one of them deserves the accolade for their commitment to high standards of sharing Story Massage within their work and home life. Here they are listed in alphabetic order:

Tracey Allport

An occupational therapist and infant massage instructor who uses Story Massage to help enrich the enjoyment and confidence of parents and babies within her baby massage groups as part of her business MOTH Therapies. Read more here: Story Massage for Babies and Toddlers


Cheryl Bailey

For her inspiring work using Story Massage in her work as a teaching assistant in a class for children with PMLD at Wood Bank Primary Special School in Halifax. Read more here: Story  Massage for SEN


Sarah Checketts

For her innovative use of Story Massage within a Community Service Programme  at Cheltenham College linking secondary school pupils with those from a local special school and also an after-school club at a local primary school. Story Massage with Teenagers


Charlene Craig

For using Story Massage to help children in nurture groups at Quarry Brae Primary School in Glasgow to share positive touch and positive relationships, and to understand the importance of being kind and respectful to each other. Story Massage in Nurture Groups


Sandra Fernandez Conde

An international baby massage trainer who is on a mission to share the benefits of massage within families especially in Mexico, where she is originally from. “It’s a new concept for parents,” says Sandra, who runs free workshops for vulnerable families, “and they love it!” Sandra has translated Story Massage resources into Spanish and she is happy to share them with anyone who has trained with us.


Clare Gibbons

Our Best Practice Award winner from New Zealand, and one of the first people to complete our online training course! Clare has won the award for her work with Story Massage with adults in care homes and hospitals. She is a real advocate of Story Massage and says she is always amazed by the calming effect of touch on even the most agitated clients. Story Massage in Care Homes


Hilary Grieve

For her work with Story Massage as a relaxation activity as part of her Chill with Hil yoga, relaxation and well-being sessions. Hilary works in a variety of locations around Ulverston and Cumbria including a special school where she teaches Hils Chill Skills to help students manage stress and anxiety.


Caroline Hill

For her creative use of Story Massage as part of her company Making SENse Creatiev Services Ltd, providing sensory-based activities for young adults with PMLD living in residential care homes in Sussex and Surrey. Caroline says that Story Massage has been particularly beneficial within sensory drama sessions. Story Massage for Sensory Drama and Art Sessions.


Helen Morris

For her enthusiasm and commitment to Story Massage in so many ways! Helen is an activity worker at Linaker Children’s Centre in Southport and uses Story Massage as part of her Relax Kids sessions and whenever she gets the opportunity to share the benefits of positive touch. Story Massage for Relax Kids Coaches.


Vicky Mulholland

For her flexible approach to Story Massage within her work as an independent speech and language therapist working in schools in the east end of Glasgow. She also uses Story Massage with parents/carers and within family groups. Read more here: Positive Affirmations for Emotional Well-Being.


Heather North

A class teacher at Lexden Springs Special School in Essex who has already featured on our blog for her valuable research and advice into the most effective ways of introducing Story Massage into a class of pupils with PMLD. You can read more here: Story Massage for Curriculum Topics and Introducing Story Massage to a PMLD Class.


Kerry Parkinson

For her use of Story Massage at home with her own children aged 9 and 11 years as well as part of her work at Linaker Children’s Centre in Southport and as a Relax Kids coach and Baby Mindful coach. She has noticed particular benefits for children on the autistic spectrum. Story Massage for Relax Kids Coaches.


Alison Sellers

For her commitment to introducing Story Massage in several local libraries in Berkshire. “On the training day, I remember thinking how perfect Story Massage is for libraries,’ says Alison, who is a Relax Kids Coach, “it means that everyone can access the benefits.” Read more here: Story Massage in Local Libraries.


Helen Wyszynski

For using Story Massage as relaxing routine at the end of her Yoga Bears baby yoga classes in Four Oaks, West Midlands. She also uses Story Massage an addition to her one-to-one work with reflexology clients and it has been much enjoyed by one client with M.S. Read more here: Adapting Story Massage for Individual Needs.


Could You Win a Best Practice Award?

To find out more about entering for our Centre of Excellence and Best Practice Awards please check out the criteria here: Best Practice Awards

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