Our Manchester Community – Story Massage after Tragedy

For one teacher from a school in Manchester, Story Massage proved helpful in coping with the devastating news on Monday 22nd May 2017 where so many young people tragically lost their lives in the bomb attack. We share how Story Massage helped to build a school community. 

Using Story Massage to Build a Community

Jo Heald, photographed above with her Best Practice Award, is Well-Being Co-ordinator at Bower Vale Primary School in Manchester. She has written a massage story that focuses on love, hope and strength. “After such tragedy, I felt inspired to write a massage about our school community and the wider community,” she says, “I hope it will help children to talk about their feelings and reach out to each other. There is such an outpouring of love and warmth by everyone in Manchester.”

Our Manchester Community

Our Manchester is standing proud   (The Fan)

The city unites in love and warmth   (The Circle)

We are strong           (The Claw)

Our Manchester       (The Calm)


This is our school in our Manchester     (The Walk)

Our colourful community                   (The Sprinkle)

Of warmth and love                    (The Circle)

We stand proud and strong       (The Squeeze)

Together we are linked by who we are … (The Wave)

Manchester people with hearts of gold.   (The Circle)

Our Manchester!!   (The Calm)

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 Jo Heald is making such a difference to children’s lives? Would you like to train to use Story Massage in your work or home? We run a popular one day FHT 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 or adults. We also offer in-house training options and an online course. All the information is here: Story Massage Training

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