Oct 2011

ewni_2011_news01Early autumn is an exciting time for all children. They are entering a New Year group, meeting new teachers and perhaps making new friends.  We have included in this newsletter some ideas to ensure that the children you work with have a good start to the new academic year. Try creating class friendship massage circles.

  1. What are the qualities we look for in our friends and how can we turn each quality into a massage/touch movement?
  2. How can each of us support ourselves to achieve success at the start of a new term? Consider aspects like getting enough sleep, eating healthy food, exercising, trying hard and represent them as massage/touch movements?
  3. Set Halloween and bonfire night competitions, which classes or small groups can begin thinking about and working on.
  4. Many schools are now working within the framework of creative curriculum. Find out what’s coming up as a topic and link in with massage.

November 20th is the United Nations International Childrens’ day. Use this as a focus for encouraging global perspectives and promoting the rights of children all over the world.      www.internationalchildrensday

If you are looking for a way into a new school or wish to re-energise your massage in schools work for the new academic year, consider setting up a family after-school club. Parents also aim to start the new school year with as much support as possible for their children and will be open to trying out family massage sessions!! Good luck.

Mary Atkinson  Keynote Speaker at Camexpo 2011


As a member of MISA’s Implementation and Marketing Committee, Mary Atkinson is always keen to find ways of promoting the benefits of the Massage in Schools Programme.  In the first photograph are Carol Trower, MISA Development Coordinator and Sandra Hooper, MISP Trainer, with Mary in the red jacket.
Last year Mary was presented with the Camexpo (The Complementary, Natural & Integrated Health Care Show) Award for Outstanding Achievement 2010 for her work in complementary therapy. This year, Mary has been invited to give a keynote speech at the exhibition on Sunday 23rd October 2011 from 12.45 to 13.30.
Her subject, naturally, is Positive Touch for Children.

“Life can be challenging for children growing up with the demands of the 21st Century,” says Mary in her ‘blurb’ for the programme, “Research has shown that touch therapies can help young people cope better with anxiety and stress.  This lively, interactive session will share some simple techniques and suggestions that have been ‘tried and tested’ by therapists, parents and, of course, children at home and in the classroom.”
Mary is planning to include the work of MISA and share some of the valuable research carried out by Jane McLennan and Donna Davis which was presented at the AGM in June.  You can see Jane’s research findings by clicking on the Research option on the MISA website.

So if you are planning to go to Camexpo this year, then Mary would really welcome your support at the event. You can find out more details on the Camexpo website www.camexpo.co.uk or contact Mary through admin@misa.org.uk

Save the date! MISA Conference & AGM 2012 in Croydon, London

MISA is trialing a new formula for 2012. Our conference and AGM will be in Croydon, where the MISA head office is based. The directors are looking at ways to ensure another successful event, with the option of having the AGM and a social get together on Friday 25th May from 6pm, followed on Saturday 26th May with the member’s forum and educational day. Space will be limited, so if you are planning to attend please email admin@misa.org.uk to reserve a place.
MISA Directors 2011-2012


MISP’s tenth anniversary

The first Massage in Schools Programme (MISP) instructor’s training course was held in London in December 2000. That makes MISP ten years old. Happy Birthday MISP!
Above are photographs taken at this year’s conference showing Sylvie Hétu, co-founder of the MISP, the birthday cake, and Sarah, MISA’s able administrator.
As a thank you to ALL we have introduced a special 10th anniversary MISA membership renewal offer. If your MISA membership expired over a year ago and you would like to renew, you will be entitled to a special half price membership renewal rate of only £12:50 (valid for renewal during 2011). Please email admin@misa.org.uk to arrange and send your cheques payable to ‘MISA’ to: MISA (EWNI) CIC, Acorn House, 74-94 Cherry Orchard Road, Croydon, CR0 6BA.

Fabulous Feedback! Quote corner

Just to reassure you that Massage in Schools is now well established within Cotwall End Primary School with ALL children from Reception through to Year 6 involved in the programme.  This year we have all members of staff, parents and governors on board.  Interestingly, and I feel well worth mentioning, is the response that we have had from parents of children newly joining the school.  As MISP is now an everyday part of school, they have all just signed for their children to take part as a matter of course when completing registration paperwork.  It is amazing how, once you have everyone behind the programme, the concerns which were originally raised are simply wiped away!  What a difference the programme makes and how much calmer the children appear.  As one of our children said, “I feel relaxed but at the same time ready to work!”   Keep up the good work and we’ll keep spreading the word.   Sue Sullivan Deputy Head/SENCO

Find an Instructor

Most MISP instructors are already working with children in schools and other situations but a number of our members are independent and able to work in a variety of settings.
MISA has introduced a new facility on the public area of its website.  This is for members of school staff or health professionals looking for someone to deliver a workshop or introduce the Massage in Schools Programme (MISP) to children.
Maybe you are looking for some workshops for your Healthy Living Week, Happy Hearts Week or other event.  Perhaps you would like someone to introduce the Massage in Schools Programme to the children in your school, after school club or youth group.
Members of the public can search for MISP Instructors by region and local education authority (LEA).  MISP Instructors that can work independently will be listed by name, telephone number and with an email contact facility.  If there are no names shown, then adjoining LEAs can be checked to see if there are members there that can assist.

MISP Instructors can ensure that they can be contacted for work by going to the members’ website and selecting MY MISA / Public contact.  Check the box and give the telephone number you wish to use.
Please contact admin@misa.org.uk for further advice if needed.


Get ready for Anti-bullying Week, 14 – 18 November 2011

This year’s Anti-Bullying Week slogan ‘Stop and think – words can hurt’ challenges children, young people and adults to stop and think about the language they are using in their face-to-face and digital communications.
Since Anti-bullying week was first launched by the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA) in 2005, Anti-Bullying Week has gone from strength to strength thanks to the enthusiasm and support of children and practitioners across the country. The annual campaign – promoted by ABA and its member organisations – is an opportunity for us to stand together and say loud and clear that all forms of bullying are unacceptable.
MISA and its members have always been proactive in the support of antibullying week and have used the opportunity the week brings to promote the MISP and all its benefits.
Over the years we have produced a “hand massage rap” and specific massage routines linked to the anti-bullying themes.  Through the idea initiated by Cornwall’s members, MISA has encouraged our members to organise whole school or cluster of schools massage circles.  For several years pupils from all over Cornwall have gathered together at the Eden Project to form a large massage circle, often joined by Pudsey, as Children in Need usually coincides with ABA week.  So the idea can also raise money for Children in Need, this year on November 18th or indeed for ABA, for since 2010, the ABA has had to raise its own funds to ensure this key initiative in the ABA calendar continues.

This year’s ABA theme is focused on tackling verbal bullying, the most common form of bullying. One of the aims of the week is to encourage children and young people to make a conscious effort to speak positively and to compliment others.  What an opportunity this presents for MISA members to make a difference in their schools and communities. For MISP instructors who are still planning their first class/school, this is a ready-made marketing opportunity.

The sections below offer information and resources
LOGO – Include the ABA Anti-Bullying Week Logo on your own materials will show your support and commitment to the national campaign.
2011 BRIEFING PACK NOW AVAILABLE!  ABA’s Anti-Bullying Week Briefing Pack reflecting this year’s theme can be downloaded free of charge. It includes easy to use information and practical resources for school leaders and teachers, school governors, FE colleges and youth workers. It also contains advice for parents and carers and a cut –out –and keep top tips z-fold for children and young people.
Merchandise from the ABA shop Anti-Bullying Week merchandise is also available from the ABA Shop including stickers, posters and pencils and a special offer pack for primary schools.
For details and resources please visit: www.antibullyingalliance.org.uk
Carol Trower, MISA’s ABA representative

Evaluation experts…..

The support Committee is currently looking at ways of developing evaluation tools and techniques, which would enable standardisation of the evidence of the effectiveness of MISP. If anyone has any suggestions regarding successful evaluation techniques we would love to hear from you.  Please email admin@misa.org.uk
Request for Information
For all those working in schools, the education chair would appreciate information on policies relating to the use of the MISP in school. Please forward any information to the MISA Education committee via admin@misa.org.uk
MISA website
The MISA website is being reviewed and the Information, Marketing and Promotion committee (IMP) would like to ask if there is anything that our members would like to see on the website either on the public side of the website or in the member’s section. If you have any suggestions please contact admin@misa.org.uk
Money is available for community projects via the Co-operative Society website. http://www.co-operative.coop/membership/localcommunities/community-fund/  There is an online application process.
‘UnLtd’ is an organization that offers support and opportunities for individual ‘social entrepreneurs’ to make a difference to their local communities.  MISP instructors and trainers would be able to apply for these awards (2 levels) individually so they can make a difference in their local community/area.  For further details, please visit  www.unltd.org.uk/index.php
To take the eligibility test follow this link www.unltd.org.uk/template.php?ID=77&PageName=level1_quiz

Question – What do these countries or regions have in common?
Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada (British Columbia), Canada (Ontario), Canada (Québec), Cyprus, England, Wales and N. Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Portugal, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, Venezuela.
Answer – They all have fledgling or established branches of Massage in Schools Association (MISA).  Look how far the MISP has spread in just ten years!
MISP’s has had an article written about it in the Daily Mail and a subsequent article in the London Metro (free newspaper). To read the daily Mail article please follow this link: www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2044403/Primary-school-pupils-youngtaught-head-massages-calm.html
Following on from this publicity the school & MISP featured on the Channel 5 News on Thursday 6th October.

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