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MISP Instructor's training

Massage In Schools Programme (MISP) Instructor's Training

Your experienced MISP Trainer is Anne Crease, a member of the Massage in Schools Association (MISA).

“Well balanced, good range of different activities – which we all appreciated. It was a really excellent course. Thank you so much.”

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MISP Instructor's training courses are available live online from March 2021
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Role of the MISP Instructor

Instructors are adults from education, health and children's organisations who care about the physical, social and emotional development of children.

Instructors introduce the peer massage routine directly to the children, supported by the class teacher or adult in charge. They can teach all staff how to use positive touch in the curriculum, using visualisation and kinaesthetic learning. The programme is fun, for the children and staff!

All adults working with children require an enhanced DBS certificate (Disclosure and Barring Service) or equivalent.

Massage in Schools Association (MISA)
The Massage in Schools Association (MISA) supports Instructors, with resources on the website. MISA is a member of the Anti-Bullying Alliance.

The two-day training includes:
  • History of the Massage in Schools Programme
  • Philosophy - mission statement and respect
  • Benefits of the Programme
  • MISP formal massage routine
  • Children’s temperaments and personalities
  • Nervous system
  • Hormones – oxytocin, adrenaline and cortisol 
  • Brain development
  • Children sensitive to touch
  • Hyperactivity / ADHD
  • Adapting the massage for children with special needs
  • Child development related to the MISP
  • Teaching skills
  • Review of the massage routine strokes
  • Massage and school subjects
  • Curriculum related positive touch activities
  • Marketing
  • Informing interested parties
  • Implementing massage in schools
  • Child protection
  • Observing the child
  • Studies and research
  • Professionalism and ethics
  • Presenting certificates
  • Support and MISA

Full attendance is required. The training is intensive but great fun and participants enjoy the opportunity to work with others. Instructors receive a comprehensive manual to support the training, an Instructor's Certificate and lifetime membership of the Massage in Schools Association (MISA).  There is plenty of opportunity to exchange information and ideas with others.

Participants’ comments

“I have learnt how powerful the simple strokes given and received by children can be.”
Massage Therapist, New Zealand

“The course has more than met my expectations. I had not realised that we would be getting so much theory and background to the massage- but this has made it the more fascinating for me.”
Early Years practitioner, Rhondda Cynon Taff

“I was put at my ease and felt very comfortable for the duration of the course.”
Learning Support Assistant, Worcester

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