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Story Massage

Here at Thorntree, we enjoy learning Story Massage in all of our classes. All staff have had training in school and the benefits are enjoyed by everyone. Story Massage offers a simple, fun and interactive way of sharing the benefits of positive touch for all ages and abilities. Story Massage helps to relax the mind and body, easing stress. ‘Feel good’ hormone, oxytocin, is released and encourages general wellbeing. Story Massage allows dedicated calming time and improves alertness and concentration. A reduction of aggressive and hyperactive behaviour can be seen and children enjoy increased self-confidence, self –awareness and self-esteem. It offers a fun and fully inclusive way of combining the creativity of story, song and rhyme with the benefits of positive touch. Everyone can join in, whatever age or ability. It engages children and adults using ten simple but effective massage strokes which are associated with spoken words. In 2022 Thorntree received the centre of excellence award for promoting story massage in school and at home. 

We run Story Massage family workshops during the school year.


Key Benefits of Story Massage:

  • Physical, emotional, social and educational benefits.
  • Improved calmness and concentration
  • Increased self-confidence, self-awareness and self-esteem
  • Improved social skillsIncreased engagement in activities
  • Better communication
  • Building respect and positive relationships.