“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.” It’s wonderful when you read a positive item in the newspapers, amongst all that is happening in the world!
I caught an article in the Telegraph, about Massage In Schools Programme, where children in a south London school were taught how to give each others therapeutic strokes-a massage, while fully clothed, for 10 minutes. According to the article, this has produced marvellous results, where students began to intermix and play much more interactively and calmly with each other. Also, bullying, stress, and violence were noted to be in the decrease. Children now look forward to starting their day with this ten-minute massage.
The Massage In Schools Programme (MISP)
Was officially founded in the year 2000 by Mia Elmsater from Sweden and Sylvie Hetu from Canada. Both believe in the contagious effect of a credible, well-structured yet simple program. It is with this spirit that they combined their experiences to create MISP. “Infant massage is now well recognised throughout the world mainly because of the work of the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM). IAIM was founded by Vimala McClure, who became inspired by the massage she observed while working in an orphanage in India. Subsequently, she created a routine of massage strokes for parents that consisted of Indian massage, Swedish massage, reflexology and gentle movements derived from yoga.”
The programme is gong to be rolled out to more schools in the next year. For more information: www.massageinschools.com
© Copyright PS-Magazine.com. Article first published July 8th 2004