Why Massage in Schools?

The History of the Massage in Schools Programme

The Massage In Schools Programme (MISP) was officially founded in the year 2000 by Mia Elmsäter from Sweden and Sylvie Hétu from Canada. Both believe in the contagious effect of a credible, well-structured yet simple program. It is with this spirit that they combined their experiences to create MISP.

They also believe in the principle that a shared common core curriculum as a solid base is necessary for a program to be successful. This solid base can also serve as a tool to help credibility and professionalism to become an integral part of the ethos of the program.

Their ultimate vision is that there will be thousands of MISP instructors and hundreds of MISP Trainers, all teaching the program, all sharing their dedication with love so that the nurturing touch will become a way of life for children in all schools, world-wide.

A New Concept

Using massage in schools is quite a new concept in modern day society. Although massage, in some native and traditional cultures, is as old as mankind itself, it is only in the past century that science has been able to explain the benefits of massage. When the profession of massage therapists became recognized in modern society, studies regarding massage began to emerge everywhere. The studies give credibility to the practice of massage itself as a tool for health, stress management and well being.

MISP for Children from 4-12 years old

When we put this programme together we discussed, in depth, which ages would be suitable. The study of child development as well as our respective experiences in pre-school, day care centres and schools led us to the range of 4-12 years old. Instructors in training are well informed in understanding the reasons why we focus on this age range.

So far the programme has had great success for children as well as for their parents and teachers. And why is that so? Because human beings need touch for their healthy development.

Children doing the simple routine of our programme lower their stress levels, increasing their chance for better concentration at school and better sleep at home.

We are glad that you show interest and hope you will join the growing team of people dedicated to bring nurturing touch into schools.

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