What is Massage Therapy?
Massage Therapy is a unique and valued service offered to Reading Schools and Settings, providing one to one sessions to children and young people, training for staff and support to parents and carers.
Massage Therapy offers a specialist service by a trained massage therapist for children and young people with a wide variety of needs such as; Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC), Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Physical Disabilities, LAC (Looked After Children), Learning Difficulties, Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH), Low Self-Esteem, and Anxiety and Anger. It is also used to improve fine motor and cross body.
Massage therapy sessions are tailored to each child’s individual needs and all therapy sessions are delivered on a one to on basis.
Sessions usually start with stacking cup exercises, which help the child with their spatial awareness, fine motor skills, sequence and crossing the midline. The therapist may also assist the pupil in completing recommendations from other professional reports i.e. Occupational Therapy. The session then moves onto a number of activities which help to improve hand-eye co-ordination and bilateral skills.
Hand massage follows, which is a calming technique and reduces stress and anxiety. Hand massage can also support handwriting skills. Finally, there is an opportunity for a back and head massage. Parental and child consent is required and it is carried out through clothing, using hands and massage tools.
Deep pressure massage gives a calming effect.
- A dedicated relaxation period
- May improve body awareness which helps spatial awareness.
- Helps to enable children to develop skills to better manage their anxieties, emotions and sensory differences in school and at home, and support them to access the curriculum.
- Alongside the massage therapy pupils will benefit from a variety of cross-body, bi-lateral, fine motor and hand strengthening exercises.
- Offers mindfulness skills to control and manage anger and anxiety.
- Dedicated one to one time to talk about emotions and feelings.
- The activities may improve visual memory.
- The activities may help to develop sequencing and organisational skills which in turn can improve mathematical skills.
- Massage may help improve the quality of sleep
What does our service offer?
A) 2.5 hour morning or afternoon sessions for 36 weeks of the academic year.
B) 2.5 hour morning or afternoon sessions for 18 weeks of the academic year (this can be split into terms e.g. 6 week termly blocks for three terms.)
C) 2.5 hour morning or afternoon sessions for 6 week termly blocks.
D) 2.5 hour sessions. These can be used as a one off session with a specific child and member of staff to find strategies for staff to use to help them cope at school. This can be purchased, multiple times, depending on the massage therapist’s capacity. Please feel free to negotiate this session to suit.
E) Minimum of 1 hour training sessions, available after school, inset days or during school days where possible.
F) Individual Pupil Assessments - 1 hour. This can be split into two 30 minute sessions to work with one individual pupil, observing in classroom to address sensory needs or 1:1 therapy sessions.
Sessions are negotiable with consideration of capacity.
2.5 hour morning or afternoon sessions for 36 weeks of the academic year = £4680
2.5 hour morning or afternoon sessions for 18 weeks of the academic year. This can be divided between alternate terms for 6 week blocks or weekly/fortnightly throughout the year = £2340
2.5 hour morning or afternoon sessions for a block of 6 sessions = £900
Individual 2.5 hour morning or afternoon sessions = £150
Minimum of 1 hour training sessions, available after school, inset days or during school days where possible. = £70
Individual Pupil Assessments at 1 hour. This can be split into two 30 minute sessions to work with 1 individual pupil and identify sensory needs. = £70
1:1 session outline:
- Individual sessions with children incorporating: fine motor work; bilateral and cross body exercises; hand, back and head deep pressure massage.
- Room set up and clear down.
- Reports on the pupil’s progress, which are shared with parents and can be used in EHCP’s or annual reviews.
Parent/Carers or Support staff welcome to observe a 1:1 session with their child or a child they support.
- Training for support staff and parents demonstrating appropriate massage techniques which can be used in school or at home
- Assistance with setting up Sensory Circuits.
- Whole class Story Massage sessions.
- Parent groups: - talking about the service offered, what we do, ideas and strategies to support their child in school or at home. The parents/carers can learn about sensory differences, fine motor, bilateral and cross body activities with hand massage training and other strategies.
Advice to parents/carers and staff around Sensory Differences and strategies to support at home and at school are also offered within this service.
Training is offered as 60 minute minimum sessions = £70 per hour.
Training sessions are flexible to meet the needs of the school. Staff and parent training sessions can be delivered at a suitable time for the setting. Bespoke and individual training sessions for specific pupils can be delivered within school hours, with a key member of staff.
- Sensory Processing Training: This aims to deepen your knowledge and understanding of Sensory Processing Differences and to learn some useful techniques and strategies to support pupils.
- Hand Massage Training: This will aim to develop an understanding of the benefits of hand massage and how to deliver a basic hand massage routine.
- Sensory Circuits Training: This aims to provide an understanding of a Sensory Circuits, the benefits and how to run a Sensory Circuit in your setting.
- Story Massage Workshop: A workshop aimed at children and young people giving time for pupils to practice massage therapy techniques on each other as a group, in a safe and structured way. The aim of these routines is to provide an aid to respect one another, social interaction, emotional literacy, anti-bullying and to reduce fight and flight.
- Massage Techniques Workshop: Learn a variety of massage ideas to support pupils at home and in school that staff are able to use in a safe manner. Exploring different sensory tools and resources/equipment.
Please note, this service is only for schools and settings. We are not available for home visits.