Story Massage for Family Day at a Hospice

Families enjoyed the Story Massage Programme at Jigsaw Children’s Hospice in Cumbria recently. Four members of staff from the hospice completed our training. Having seen the many benefits of the Story Massage Programme at other hospices, they wanted to share this fun and nurturing activity with the children in their care. During the training they created a massage story and then had fun sharing it at a Family Event. 


Creating the Massage Story

“The Family day is a chance for parents to share their highs, lows and frustrations that they experience, whilst the siblings, the little people and young adults can enjoy activities such as Story Massage, Reiki, and craft” says Jacqueline Jackson, activity leader at the hospice. “We did the training with the aim of learning how to create and share a massage story to support our families. We had a lot of fun creating a story about working together as a family to care for each other. There was such a sense of creativity and interaction. We loved it.”


Then they demonstrated it to others so they would feel fully confident to use their story in their work.


On the Family Day

With the wall charts to demonstrate the ten different Story Massage moves, the young people quickly learned the strokes and accompanying symbols, and really enjoyed giving and receiving the massage story.


The siblings joined in too.


The Massage Story – Frog Leap

Here is the story created especially for the Family Day. You may wish to use it at other occasions too.

Frog Leap

Papa Frog is big and strong (The Drum)

Mama Frog likes to sing ‘Over the Rainbow….’ (The Downwards Half Circle)

Big Bro likes to ski on the pond waves (The Fan)

Little Sis loves blowing bubbles in the breeze (The Bounce)

And Baba Frog loves her snuggles (The Squeeze)

The Frog Family love leaping on the lily pads (The Bounce)

But…. Baba Frog can’t reach the next lily pad. She is too small.. aaaah (The Downwards Half Circle)

So the Frog Family pulls together to get Baba Frog across safely (The Circle)

Papa Frog, who is big and strong, finds the largest leaf on the pond (The Drum)

Baba Frog being to cry, so Mama sings her a lullaby (The Sprinkle)

Jump aboard and hold on tight, as Big Bro makes the waves to help her on her way (The Fan)

Little Sis blows bubbles to make Baba Frog smile (The Upwards Half Circle)

Baba Frog steps on to the lily pad and they all give a cheer (The Fan)

We worked together as a family to get Baba here! (The Circle)

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, 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.


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