Massage in Schools FAQs

Maybe you’ve got questions about our Massage in Schools course.

Here you’ll find answers to some of the commonly asked questions we receive about our Massage in Schools training.

What Are the Main Benefits of Introducing Massage Into Schools?

Children, parents, teachers and the wider community can benefit from using the Massage in Schools Programme.

However, the mental, physical and emotional benefits for children are:

  1. Children become calmer and concentration improves
  2. Children have more confidence and increased self esteem
  3. MISP teaches children to respect others and leads to social inclusion
  4. There is a reduction in bullying and aggression
  5. Children’s emotional health improves
  6. Helps children to recognise ‘good’ and ‘bad’ touch
  7. Children have shown improved motor skills
  8. MISP encourages visualisation and kinaesthetic learning
  9. Empowers children to make choices
  10. Co-operation improves as children work in pairs and groups
  11. There is a calmer classroom environment (the teacher benefits from all these aspects)
  12. Massage is FUN

Massage in Schools FAQ’S for Schools & Organisations

How Can I Introduce the MISP Into My School/Club/Family?

You can either train yourself or staff members to become a MISP instructor, attend a planned MISP training course or arrange to have an in-house training for school/club/children’s centre or local authority for 10+ people.

How Often Should You Implement the MISP?

We suggest that the MISP is ideally carried out daily at a specific time (10-15 minutes)

How Many Schools in the UK Use the Massage in Schools Programme (MISP)?

We cannot give a definitive answer as it’s the MISP instructor who is trained in MISP and not a school. There are over 3000 MISP instructors trained.

What Happens in a Typical Session of Massage in Schools?

The children work in pairs and with each other’s permission, carry out a sequence of moves on the back, head, neck, arms and hands, whilst fully clothed in the classroom environment for 10-15 minutes a day.

Is It Suitable For Children of All Ages?

The MISP routine has been designed for primary school aged children 4 – 12 years old. Our members have access to a great deal of positive touch based activities which can be suitable for a slightly younger or older age group. There is a new module for 2 and 3 year olds to be used in children’s centre, nurseries and clubs and also in one-to-one sessions with parents and their children.

FAQ’S for Individual School Staff and Independent Instructors

How Can I Train to Be a MISP Instructor?

Attend a 2 day course – please take a look at the latest Massage in Schools training dates and venues to find a course near you.

Is There Any Funding Available for MISP Training?

This depends on your Local Authority (area). The Massage in Schools Association (www.misa.org.uk) has details of a few possible funding streams that could be applied for, but not guaranteed. MISP sadly cannot offer a bursary fund for training MISP instructors at this time, but this is being looked into.

What Are the Benefits of Teaching Parents to Massage Their Children?

  • Offer opportunities for closer attachment to their child
  • Gives a safe appropriate means of communicating, nurturing touch
  • Helps have relaxing evening routine for the whole family
  • Offers a way for the family/parent to catch up on their child’s day

Do I Need to Be Insured & Where Can I Get Insurance?

We recommend that all practicing MISP Instructors are insured. The following companies provide insurance policies which may cover Massage in Schools.

How Do I Obtain a CRB Check/Disclosure?

All the information you need regarding Criminal Records checks can be found in this document: CRB Disclosure for Massage in Schools Training

Still Got Questions About the Massage in Schools Programme?

Please feel free to contact us if you still have any questions about Massage in Schools training.