We were delighted to work with Abi Cotton, owner and singing leader at Piccolo Music, during World Nursery Rhyme Week. Abi, who is a winner of our Best Practice Award, shares her own songs with Story Massage strokes within music and singing workshops for babies, toddlers, school children and adults in the NorthEast and throughout the UK.
Creativity and Fun with Story Massage
Abi attended a Story Massage training day in Newcastle in 2016. She was so inspired by the creativity and flexibility of the programme that she immediately began writing songs with Story Massage strokes to accompany the words. We were very pleased to present her with her Best Practice Award for her innovative work with Story Massage.
Abi is currently using Story Massage in 8 different classes in 3 schools and also in her Piccolo Music sessions with the public. “The children, parents and staff all love it and keep asking for more.” says Abi, “We give a handout of the song with Story Massage strokes so they can continue to enjoy the benefits at home.”
Creative Songs with Story Massage
One of the joys of Story Massage is that it can be adapted to suit the individual needs of a child or adult, whatever their age or ability. And it is the versatile nature of the Story Massage programme that makes it so popular with Abi. “I always say that there is no right or wrong way to sing a song. In our Piccolo Music sessions, we just give you some ideas and hope that people will join in and adapt the way they sing the song whichever is best for them,” she says, “And that’s what I love about Story Massage.”
“In the Story Massage programme, there ten basic strokes to choose from, and there is no right or wrong way to use them to interpret a story or song. Individuals can create their own way of telling their story using the strokes and they may be different to another’s interpretation but it doesn’t matter. There is no pressure to get it ‘right’,” says Abi.
More about 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, 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.