Story Massage combines the benefits of positive touch with the fun and creativity of words – whether as story, rhyme or song.
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 fully accessible for all ages and abilities.
As Barefoot Wellbeing and Parent Coaching I am now accredited as a Story Massage Instructor. I will be using Story Massage in conjunction with 1:1 sessions, Relax Kids, Charge Up and Baby Massage Sessions.
Benefits of Story Massage for Children:
We all love stories. When combined with the benefits of simple massage strokes, stories present wonderful opportunities for creative fun and interaction. Sharing positive touch offers great scope for imaginative activity and learning for children of all ages and abilities.
The benefits of positive touch are backed by extensive research from the Touch Research Institute Miami with findings including:
Improved calmness and concentration
Increased self-confidence, self-awareness and self-esteem
Improved social skills
Increased engagement in activities
Building respect and positive relationships
There is also an educational element as Story Massage can be used to fit in with the national curriculum. Many children have learnt their numbers and letters, and elements of history, geography and nature through massage stories.