The MISP is an inclusive programme of positive touch and clothed peer massage for children of 4 to 12 years. The programme was introduced in the United Kingdom in the year 2000 and is well established in the UK; it is recognised as having a positive behavioural impact, with a calming influence. Children wear their normal school clothes and, with each other’s permission, give massage to each other on the back, head, and arms for 10 -15 minutes at each session. With the active support of the teaching staff the massage routine is being taught at a short weekly session which commenced at the end of September and will be completed before Christmas. The MISP encourages learning through positive touch games and activities, and massage stories which increase concentration and memory through an enjoyable activity which can link directly to the curriculum. Our complementary therapist obtained consent from the Senior Leadership Team and parents to implement a pilot programme with the Giraffe Pupils in year five. An evaluation of the effects will be used to ascertain the feasibility of extending the programme to other classes.
The feedback so far from staff and pupils is very positive. An adaptation of the programme for younger children forms part of the Caterpillar pupils’ weekly complementary therapy session.