MASSAGE IN SCHOOLS PROGRAMME
"The vision of the Massage In Schools Programme is that every child attending school experience positive and nurturing touch every day…everywhere in the world."
The Massage in Schools Programme (MISP) is an international programme of positive touch and clothed peer massage (child to child massage) for children of 4-12 years.
This successful programme was first introduced in England in 2000 and uses massage and positive touch to encourage learning and develop children’s social and emotional skills. It helps develop children's concentration and memory, fosters physical and social development, respect for others, and empathy. MISP is recognised as an effective anti-bullying strategy.
There are three main aspects to the MISP:
• An ethos of respect and choice as every child is asked for permission before massage and has the right to say ‘no’.
• A 15 minute clothed daily massage routine on the head, back, arms and hands, led by an adult.
• A range of activities, which use visualisation and kinaesthetic learning and encourage positive touch throughout the curriculum