A programme of workplace based relaxation techniques to aid wellbeing

Massage in Schools Programme (MISP)

Peer massage for children of 4 - 12 years with benefits for children, staff and parents

MISP Instructor's training - Live online training now available

The established face to face qualification via two-day in-house or open training

View the MISP video for an introduction to the programme.

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, developed by Mia Elmsater and Sylvie Hetu, 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 is proven to improve children's concentration (Renfrewshire Study 2005) and recognised as an effective anti-bullying strategy.

The vision of the MISP is that every child attending school experience positive and nurturing touch every day, everywhere in the world.

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.

The MISP is inclusive; every child can join in and the MISP can be adapted for children who have special needs.  It is used in schools, nurseries, nurture groups, after school clubs, extended schools, at the transition to secondary school and by parents and their children. 

"Staff have been very supportive and they can see the benefits starting to show.   These include calmer behaviour, better social behaviour and children seem to be settled for longer periods in the afternoon."  Teacher

Find out about the benefits of the Massage in Schools Programme (MISP) and Instructor's training

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Additional information can be found at
www.misa.org.uk and www.massageinschools.com

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