The Learning Mentors at Gascoigne Primary school provide a well-being programme for children in our school. We are focusing on peer massage. Peer massage is a relaxation skill that can be learnt and we believe that every child attending our school should experience positive touch every day. The purpose of this programme is to help children to improve their concentration skills, to co-operate in class, to reduce inappropriate behaviour, have empathy skills and respect their peers. The programme also helps the children to gain confidence and build their self-esteem, this also helps to improve children's communication with each other.
Peer massage will take place every afternoon after lunchtime. The reason we chose this time is because lunchtimes are unstructured therefore children find it more difficult to calm down and focus after this time. Children ask each other for permission to massage their peers, they listen to calm music and are fully clothed. The massage routine starts on their back then arms, head and finish with their backs. If there is time at the end of the session children lay down, close their eyes and relax.
These are some of the responses that the children have quoted who are already on our weekly programme. Alaniss from year 6 said "massage makes me feel relaxed and calm" Zainab from year 3 said "massage makes me feel relaxed!" Melissa from year 3 said "Massage makes me feel elated!" Alvin from year 2 said "massage makes me feel calm and sleepy!" Laurelle from year 2 said "Massage makes me feel excellent!" Nabiah from year 4 said "Massage makes me feel refreshed!". Matas from year 2 said "Massage makes me feel so calm!" Raveen from year 5 said "Massage makes me feel joyful and peaceful!" London from year 2 said "Massage makes me feel relaxed!" Yunus from year 5 said "Massage makes me feel sleepy and focused!"
Massage has made a huge difference to these few children. We believe that each child will benefit from our well-being programme. Please enjoy our photo gallery.