Massage In Schools
Massage in Schools is being introduced across South Lanarkshire Council area and is aimed at children aged 4-12 years. Massage in Schools has been shown to improve concentration, to calm children, particularly those who are very active, to teach respect for others and offers positive nurturing touch.
It involves paired children (after gaining parental permission) learning and participating in a simple massage sequence, given through the clothes, on the back, arms, shoulders and head.
Massage in Schools has been shown to improve concentration, to calm children, particularly those who are very active, to teach respect for others and offers positive nurturing touch.
The programme is offered to all children and any child may decide not to take part in that day’s session. The massage lasts approximately 10 minutes and each school decides the best time of the day to include it.
A number of resources have also been produced to support the programme: information leaflets, flash cards illustrating the moves for children and parent packs for parent and child sessions.
How the programme has developed
The Massage in Schools programme originally started in East Kilbride. In 2005, funding from Integrated Children’s Services and Community Regeneration Fund allowed it to expand to all areas of South Lanarkshire.
A total of 150 practitioners from a range of disciplines (education, health, social work) have now been trained. They work in 70 primary schools, covering approximately 4,000 pupils. Since 2007, South Lanarkshire Council have had their own 'in-house' trainer. This means the programme can be extended into nursery schools across the council area.
For further information, contact:
ICS Health Improvement Manager
Tel. 01698 422 194