Key facts about the Peer Massage in Schools Programme:
- It is fun and relaxing!
- Taught by a trained instructor
- Always voluntary; teaching children the right to say "No!"
- Done fully clothed - on the back, arms, neck and head
- In school, massage is done child-child or adult-adult, never adult-child
- Reduces stress hormones and stored tension
- Increases feel-good hormones in the blood e.g. Oxytocin
- Giving as well as receiving massage increases wellbeing
- Supports a calm environment, improved concentration and learning
- Helps develop confidence and self-esteem
- Teaches children to respect one another
- Supports empathy and relationships; reduces aggression and bullying
- Helps motor skills and the ability to visualise things (using left and right brain)
- Enables children to safely learn the difference between “good” and “bad” touch
This may seem like a tall list of claims, but the benefits of positive daily touch are now well supported by neuro-scientific research. Find out more by going to: www.massageinschoolsassociation.org.uk