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4 year olds taught to give each other head massages before afternoon classes

Primary school children can now enjoy a relaxing 10 minute head massage after lunch to ease them gently into afternoon lessons.

The innovative new scheme sees children as young as 4 performing specialist massage techniques on their fellow classmates in preparation for the afternoon ahead.

The scheme at Franche Community Primary School in Kidderminster began  2 years ago when the ‘Massage in Schools Programme’ (MISP) asked permission to instigate a pilot trial there.

The scheme was first introduced to Year One pupils by their teacher Tabitha Smith. The massage techniques proved so successful that the after-lunch scheme soon spread throughout the entire school.

The children are taught the specific hand movements and given illustrations to guide them as they massage one another. Each child knows to ask permission from their partner before hand, and to thank them afterwards.

Miss Smith, 41, said: “we tend to do the massages after lunch as it’s a nice way to bring the children back together. Towards the end, the routine becomes slightly invigorating to get them ready to get back to work”.

The Massage in Schools Programme is designed to reduce children’s stress levels, alleviate aggression and prevent bullying. It claims to help children build confidence, increase concentration levels and improve general mental health.

The parents of the children are always consulted prior to the massage programmes beginning.

Massage is widely thought to help reduce stress, alleviate anxiety and improve mental health. If you would like to experience the benefits of head massage first hand, please visit the therapy homepage and use the search option. 

View the original Mail Online article.

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Zoe Thomas

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