With better concentration at school, better sleep at home, a decrease in bullying, and better cooperation in the classroom, the evidence for massage is overwhelming.
The Massage in Schools Programme is a peer massage programme for children aged between 4-12 (with adaptations for 2-3 year olds) that’s helping children around the world. It’s goal is to promote the well-being of children with the premise that nurturing touch is a basic need and a powerful tool to help children develop into healthy, well-balanced human beings. It has been developed as an inclusive whole school strategy for reducing children’s stress levels, aggression and bullying, and is also implemented in other childcare settings such as after school clubs, community groups and families.
It was founded in 1999 by Mia Elmsater from Sweden and Sylvie Hetu of Canada. The Massage in Schools Programme (MISP) was first introduced into UK schools in 2001.
A number of studies have been done and in summary the research shows that the main benefits of the MISP are:
- Improved calmness and concentration
- Increased self confidence and self esteem
- Improved social skills with a greater number of relationships/friendships with peers and adults
- Children feel happier and more relaxed
- A reduction in aggressive behaviour and bullying
- A more positive attitude and greater engagement with learning
- Improved ability to work in groups and independently
- Greater creativity and problem solving
- Increased awareness of the body and signs of stress and anxiety
Join World Massage Conference on March 13th when we present “Massage In Schools Around the World” featuring the Massage In Schools Association founder, Sylvie Hetu. Watch the live broadcast for free on March 11, 2018 or purchase access to the “Vault” that gets you this class plus over 400 additional classes from the top massage experts from around the world. Click here complete information on the Vault.