Human beings need touch
This simple statement is now supported by neuroscientific studies.
A few words about MISP
The skin is our body’s largest sensory organ and is directly connected to our nervous system. Without touch, human beings can not survive or develop in a healthy way, physically, emotionally or socially.
There are many forms of touching and this motivates us to contemplate on the following questions:
Could more positive touch between human beings lead to a more nurturing society?
Could using positive touch, consciously and deliberately while raising children, lead to a better social behaviour and a better society?
If positive touch became the norm and a natural way of relating to one another, would that lead to a more peaceful society?
Where do we start from and to whom should we focus our attention?
The answer is to children, and MISP is a program aiming to incorporate healthy, nurturing and respectful touch into the educational system. Hoping that today’s children will bring into adulthood all the positive effects, transforming for the best our suffering and challenging world..
The ‘’Massage In Schools Program” (MISP), is a peer massage program for children aged between 4-12 (with adaptations for 2-3 years old) and is helping people all over the world. It has been developed as an inclusive whole school strategy for reducing children’s stress levels, aggression and bullying and is also implemented in other child care settings such as nurseries, after school clubs, community groups and families.
It consists of a simple massage routine -that doesn’t last more than 10minutes- performed only by child to child, after permission is asked and given. It is done over clothes, on each other’s back, shoulders, arms, hands and head and thankfulness is expressed at the end. Beautiful images on cards assist the routine’s learning process, as imagination is a natural faculty of a child and should always be stimulated in learning. It has also be proven that children can integrate information and learn much more effectively, if their body and whole being are involved.
Benefits and observations of the MISP
- Children are learning and experiencing the choice of saying "yes" or "no" to touch.
- A feeling of being individually perceived and acknowledged
- Relaxation, reduction in stress levels
- Improved concentration
- Reduction of fear, shyness, anger
- Encouragement and development of the imagination
- Discovering differences between people
- Developing greater respect for their peers
- Stronger sense of self and higher self esteem
- A sense of unity with the entire school
- Less violence in classroom and playground
- More respect also for school materials, property and buildings
- A sense for school identity which is a sense of belonging
For more information you can contact us or visit: massageinschools.com
“Children are not the people of tomorrow,
but people today.
They are entitled to be taken seriously.
They have a right to be treated with tenderness and respect, as equals.
They should be allowed to grow into whoever they were meant to be – the unknown person inside each of them is the hope for the future”.
"A Voice for the Child" By Januz Korczak