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Massage in Schools Programme (MISP)

‘Touch is critical for childrens’ growth, development and health, as well as adults’ physical health and wellbeing’
Dr Tiffany Fields of the Touch Research Institute of Miami School of Medicine

The Massage in Schools Programme was introduced to the UK in December 1999 and is now being used in schools throughout the country.

MISP brings positive nurturing touch to every child every day

The clothed massage is:

  • for children aged 4 – 12 years old

  • given by children, to each other

  • on the back, head, arms and hands

  • given and received with the child’s permission

  • 10 – 15 minutes daily

    The massage is introduced to the children by the Instructor who has taken part in the Massage in Schools Programme training. The Instructor ensures that the class teacher and children are comfortable with the movements and routine and then visits every half term to check the progress of the class.

    Services for Children and Schools. MISP 2 GIRLS

  • All children benefit although those who lack concentration and confidence and children who may be rather aggressive show the most change. In some schools the massage is used specifically with children who have special needs.

    The benefits:

  • Children become calmer

  • Improved concentration

  • More confidence

  • It helps children recognise ‘good’ and ‘bad’ touch

  • Better motor skills

  • Teaches respect of self and others

  • Reduction in bullying and aggression

  • The teacher benefits from a calmer classroom and improved concentration

  • Massage is fun!

    We can introduce Peer Massage in a single half hour session per class, with an optional ‘Make your own Story Massage’ session as a follow up. If funding allows the full Massage in Schools Programme routine can be delivered in five half hour sessions per class.

    Services for Children and Schools. Children Peer Massage

  • The curriculum
    Massage can form part of the personal, health, social and citizenship education at KS1 and KS2 and may contribute to the Healthy Schools Award.

    “After one half term, the class that was having the massage suddenly changed. They became much more settled and more aware of each others’ feelings. We saw a definite decrease in aggression and bullying.”
    Viv Tombs, Head Teacher at Garden Primary School, Merton, South London.

    Services for Children and Schools. Children's University Logo


    The Children's University - or CU – is open to all children aged 7 to 14. It aims to promote social mobility by supporting high quality extra curricular activities to children aged 7 to 14 and engaging the wider communities as learning partners in this process.
    Each child has a Passport To Learning where s/he can collect the credits for learning which can lead to graduation at a Nottingham Trent University Graduation Ceremony.

    Holistic Health Team is a validated Learning Destination with Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Childrens University. So not only can pupils learn a new, calming skills if you introduce Peer Massage, but they can also earn credits for their Childrens Degree. Click Children's University to find out more about your nearest Childrens University and about Learning Destination.

    If your school is based in the East Midlands and is interested in finding out more about our Peer Massage service, please contact Jane McLennan on 0115 8469235

    If you are based elsewhere in the UK contact Massage in Schools Association for information about qualified therapists in your area.

    MISP Research Study by Holistic Health Team 2011

    Holistic Health Team have carried out two studies of Massage in Schools in partnership with Nottinghamshire Healthy Schools and Nottingham University. The results of the studies showed that classes who took part in peer massage felt calmer and less worried, had more confidence, better social skills and improved concentration in class. Please click below for our report (Jane McLennan 2011)

    Services for Children and Schools. MISP STUDY 2011

    Children's Nordic Walking

    Nordic Walking is a revolutionary fitness activity that evolved from cross-country skiing in the 1930s. Schools in Scandinavia have incorporated Nordic Walking in their curriculums since the 1960s.
    Nordic Walking came to the UK in 2005. Many adults take part in this fitness technique and now
    Holistic Health Team is offering it to schools in Nottinghamshire.

    Services for Children and Schools. Children Nordic Walking

    Nordic Walking uses specifically designed poles to enhance the natural walking experience. There is a technique to learn and targets to achieve.
    Nordic Walking embraces all four significant aspects of learning in core PE:

  • Cognitive skills – Concentration and attention will be a focus for pupils

  • Physical competencies – Balance improves as well as rhythm, timing, coordination and fluency

  • Personal qualities – Targets and challenges will enable pupils to develop their resilience, tolerance, determination and self-awareness.

  • Pupils will experience increased motivation, confidence and self-esteem.

  • Physical strength – Strength and core stability improves through regular Nordic Walking.

  • Nordic Walking is very inclusive. If your child can walk, they can Nordic Walk.

    Services for Children and Schools. Abbey Gates Nordic Photo Montage

  • Year 6, Abbey Gates Primary School, Ravenshead were Nordic Stars as they made the most of their very first Nordic Walking session. They produced this professional video too Abbey Gates Primary go Nordic!

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