Story Massage for SATs and Exam Stress

Children face the pressure of exams from a young age. We’ve written this supportive massage story for exam stress with the help of a Year 6 teacher in preparation for SATs. 


Story Massage for Relaxation and Concentration

This massage story for exam stress is written as a reminder of the key points to consider when preparing for a test. Teachers can use it as a peer massage activity, friends can massage each other and parents can try it at home to promote relaxation and concentration.

Preparing for SATs/Other Exam

It’s the SATs /other exam next week/today. (The Drum)

Time to show how much you know. (The Fan)

Take a breath, stay calm and concentrate. (The Calm)

Remember to read the questions very carefully. (The Walk)

Then underline the key words to help you do your best. (The Wave)

Take a breath, stay calm and concentrate. (The Calm)

Watch the clock so there’s time to check your answers. (The Circle)

Try hard to remember all you’ve learnt this year. (The Squeeze)

It’s time to show how much you know. (The Fan)

Take a breath, stay calm and concentrate. (The Calm)

Good luck!


More about the Story Massage Programme

The Story Massage Programme combines the benefits of positive, respectful touch with the creativity and engagement of storytelling. Ten basic massage strokes are the foundation of the programme. These strokes have a simple name, such as The Circle or The Sprinkle, and an easy to recognise symbol making it accessible for all. It is a fully inclusive activity, no clothing is removed and no oil is used. Stories can be taken from our Story Massage book, adapted from favourite stories or songs or you can create your own massage stories – like this one for SATs!


Story Massage Online Training

If you would like to share the programme at home or work then you will love our flexible online course. All the information is here: Online Training Course.

You will learn how to share the ten Story Massage strokes, adapt familiar stories and even create some sensory stories of your own. Ideal for well-being coaches, therapists, teachers, SEN staff, support staff, Early Years practitioners, those working with people with additional needs, everyone with an interest in sharing positive touch activities with adults or children.

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