Story Massage for Children
All children (& indeed adults) love stories and when combined with simple massage strokes they can become something truly unique and positive. Mixing massage strokes with stories, where the stroke matches to the words (for example a circle for “whole” or finger tops drumming for rain) brings a whole range of creativity and interaction possibilities for both children, parents, grandparents and care givers.
The strokes are carried out on the back, shoulder, arms and head and can be adapted to the needs and the age of the child. For example if the back is not accessible then doing the massage on the palm of the hand is an alternative. It can be done at any time as part of a pre going to school, or pre-bedtime routine, or even in a queue at the post office (well if its long queue like my local!). The key is on sharing the benefits of a nurturing and positive touch.
As well as using know nursery rhymes and tales the lovely thing about story massage is to create stories specific to the individual child and what’s going on with them. By making it personal to them it can be a really positive, confidence building experience for them.
Check out this video on what Story Massage is:
Also a Story Massage demo:
Benefits of Story Massage are:
- The relaxation of mind and body, easing tension and effects of stress
- Promotion of the feel good hormone oxytocin which boosts wellbeing
- Creation of a “calming time” for children in their busy lives
- Improved alertness and concentration
- Reduction of aggressive and hyperactive behaviour
- Increased self-confidence, self-awareness and self-esteem
- Learning a life skill of conscious relaxation through first hand experiencing the
- Benefits of recharging and refreshing the mind and body.
- Can help develop a child’s vocabulary
- Individual attention for a child which enhances their sense of being valued and self-worth
- A fun way for families to share tie together and connect with each other
- A chance for both adults and children to explore & share their imagination
To book on this interactive workshop click below – Friday 7th April 10am-12 noon £29