Introduction to "Massage in Schools"
An event in the University of Edinburgh "Festival of Creative Learning"
This practical workshop gives participants an introduction to the internationally renowned Massage in Schools Programme, with its background, the benefits to children, teachers, schools and families, its links to child development and how touch is a necessary developmental need in children, ‘growing’ their brains and nervous systems and lots of examples of how to incorporate positive touch activities into the learning environment, bringing the curriculum alive. The MISP is a peer massage programme and is also used by families and we will explore the many aspects of touch activities and massage by working in pairs and being creative! Combining touch with stories, topic work, maths and other curricular work enhances children’s learning by activating the brain and nervous system, reducing stress and anxiety, making them available for learning.
This workshop aims to give participants the knowledge and confidence to implement informal child-to-child massage and touch activities in the classroom as well as giving information about the two day MISP training course which includes the formal MISP massage routine. All massage and touch activities are done through the clothes on the back, neck, shoulders, arms and head and have an ethos of respect at the core with children asking permission before any massage activities and saying ‘thank you’ to each other when finished.
Nurturing touch is fundamental to human communication, bonding and health. This workshop will not only give participants the tools they need to bring touch in the classroom but will also support their own health and wellbeing and self-development needs.