hands_brush_horse_mIf you have a child leaving school with high self-esteem then the education system has achieved its greatest goal. The Massage In Schools Programme (MISP) helps with this objective.
Roger Brown, OFSTED Inspector, December 2005

The Massage in Schools Programme was created by two inspirational women: Mia Elmsater & Sylvie Hetu. The child-to-child massage programme has been developed as an inclusive whole school strategy for reducing children’s stress levels, aggression and bullying. The MISP is a well-structured yet simple programme.

The clothed, peer massage is:

  • For children 4-12 years old
  • Given and received with the child’s permission
  • Given by the children, to each other
  • On the back, head, arms and hands
  • 10-15 minutes daily
  • All children ask permission from each other before they start and say ‘thank you’ to their partner at the end.

Benefits of the Massage in Schools Programme

Studies and observations have shown that:

  • Children become calmer and have improved concentration.
  • Children have more confidence and increased self esteem
  • It teaches children to respect others and leads to social inclusion
  • There is a reduction in bullying and aggression
  • Emotional health improves
  • It helps children recognise ‘good’ and ‘bad’ touch
  • Children show improved motor skills
  • It encourages visualisation and kinaesthetic learning
  • Children are encouraged to make choices
  • Cooperation improves as children work in pairs and in groups
  • There is a calmer classroom environmentThe teacher benefits from all these aspects
  • Massage is fun!

The MISP benefits children in many settings.Primary schools, special schools, children’s centres, nurseries, Montessori schools and nurture groups use it. It is also being used by after school clubs, Sure Start, Barnardo’s, the National Pyramid Trust and other organisations.