We are introducing peer massage sessions to support children in understanding boundaries and positive interactions.
Touch through massage is proved to stimulate the brain to produce oxytocin, the 'feel good' hormone, which induces a sense of calm and well-being, and encourages social bonding. Children become calmer and their concentration improves. Peer massage involves children working in pairs and taking turns to massage each other, over clothing on the back, arms or hands.
An important aspect of peer massage is that children always ask and give permission, saying 'Would you like a massage?' or 'May I touch your back please?' This helps to develop increased self-esteem an respect for the feelings of others. It also helps children to recognise the difference between 'good' and 'bad' touch, and to have the confidence to say no to unwanted touch.