The massage in Schools Programme is an easy, accessible and effective tool for improving quality of life for children in school. The intention is simple; to give children the opportunity to experience nurturing touch at school in a safe way. The Massage in Schools Programme will enable children to interact and communicate in a different way.
During our course, children will explore respect through positive touch. Respect is crucial when working with the Massage in Schools Programme, the principle of respect is encouraged and required at many levels within the programme. This reinforces safeguarding principles and promotes empowerment for children, who have the right to be asked to be touched and equally, decline if they are uncomfortable. It enables children to feel in control of their body and experience what safe touch feels like.
Numerous studies and research have been conducted into the benefits of massage. In the school environment, there are specific benefits that have been observed and acknowledged by many teachers and educators who have experienced using it in their classrooms. Additionally, parents are often impressed with the positive influence massage has on their children and family. Official studies carried out on massage itself, state, amongst other things that massage helps to strengthen immune system, lower stress levels and increase the production of relaxing hormones. We are aware that the children massaging each other are not therapists, nor are they conducting deep tissue massage, however, because it is still massage, albeit a simple one, the body systems are still affected positively.
• A feeling of being individually perceived and acknowledged
• Relaxation and reduction of stress levels, promoting concentration
• Developing greater respect and tolerance for peers
• Stronger peer relationships, built upon respect
• Easier and smoother classroom management, with lower noise levels within the classroom
• Calmer class environment
• Practical and proactive approach to address bullying with calmer, happier and more positive children
• Structured routine which actively promotes well-being
• A sense of school identity
• Bonding and increased respect and co-operation between siblings
• Stronger relationships, created through positive touch, promoting bonding and attachment
• Calmer child when arriving home from school
• An activity which child and parent share together
• Improved sleep