A key benefit of the Story Massage Programme is calming and relaxing children. And many teachers are now using a simple peer massage activity to promote readiness for learning at difficult times during the school day. Below is a massages story created to help calm pupils after lunchtime play. You can adapt the words to suit the situation.
Calmness and Concentration
The idea for this Story Massage came from Alex Berger, a class teacher, during a training day in Brighton. “It is helpful to encourage children to remember the positive aspects of lunchtime play and to wipe away any troubles so they can settle down to good learning,” he explains, “Story Massage is a simple and effective way of calming children and promoting readiness for learning so can focus and concentrate.”
After Lunch Massage Story
Here is Alex Berger demonstrating the After Lunch Massage Story created as part of his training.
Lunchtime is a time to eat healthy food that is good for the whole body. (The Circle)
A time for playing with friends, running around and sharing laughs. (The Sprinkle)
Now we need to wipe away any lunchtime problems. (The Wave)
Be ready to learn and hold on to new ideas. (The Squeeze)
Remember your responsibilities, be kind, gentle and calm. (The Calm)
What is the Story Massage Programme?
The Story Massage Programme combines the fun and reassurance of story with the benefits of positive, respectful touch. It is enjoyed by all ages and abilities. Ten simple massage strokes form the basis of the programme. These strokes have a name, such as The Circle or The Sprinkle, and an easy to recognise symbol making it accessible for all.
The online training is ideal for therapists, teachers, SEN staff, support staff, Early Years practitioners, parents, those working with people with additional needs, Baby Massage Instructors, Relax Kids Coaches… everyone with an interest in sharing sensory stories and positive touch activities with children and adults. All the information is here: Story Massage Online Training.
“A very effective training day to connect with the essence of Story Massage and why all primary schools should be doing it!” Alex Berger, Year 1 Teacher, St Luke’s Primary School, Brighton