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Massage in Schools Programme

Massage in Schools Programme

 

We have two members of staff who are accredited trained providers of M.I.S.P (Massage In Schools Programme). 

 

MISP is an inclusive programme of positive touch and clothed peer massage for children of 4-12 years that has been used in schools for over 16 years. Children wear their normal school clothes and give gentle massage to each other on the back, head and arms. All massage moves are taught and assigned a special symbol and done to calming music. A trained instructor will train the children and their teacher. 

 

If a child does not want to give or receive massage they do not have to. It is important for you as parents and carers to know that they have a choice. Permission from the child is sought before every session. If children choose not to participate they still benefit from being in the calm environment which is created during the session, and can read a book if they prefer. Very often, children will want to participate and view the time as very beneficial to them

How will it benefit the children?

Studies have shown that, when children give massage to each other, they become calmer, concentrate better and have more confidence. This will be of tremendous benefit to children in their educational attainment as well as their own personal mental wellbeing. Furthermore, it will address such issues as awareness of self and others and personal safety.

 

When and where does it take place?

YogaNation has sufficient facilities to deliver MISP sessions in groups of up to 30 children at a time at our Wellbeing Centre. Alternatively, we can come to schools to deliver sessions on-site. The ten to fifteen minute session may be at the start of the day or after lunch to help settle the children for the afternoon session. It may take place daily or a few times a week but can always be built into the class timetable and according to the needs of the children.

 

What can Head Teachers or Parents do?

You can find out more about the Massage in Schools Programme by viewing www.misa.org.uk and www.massageinschools.com . If you have any further questions, please contact us on office@yoganation.co.uk where we will be delighted to help you. There is a wealth of information on the MISA website ( https://massageinschools.com/ ) including videos of it in action.