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Massage in Schools Training Programme

The MISP two-day intensive course is a very complete course with an internationally approved curriculum shared by all MISP Trainers. This includes learning the unique MISP massage routine, child development, scientific knowledge, as well as the basis for bringing the idea of touch and movement for learning into all schools subjects.

With the two-day course every instructor receives a very comprehensive workbook that becomes a basic tool for the successful implementation of the programme.

Once the course has been completed successfully, the participant is given the MISP Instructor Certificate, allowing the implementation of the MISP programme within classrooms in the presence of children, and within communities with children and their parents.

What is the Massage in Schools Programme?

The Massage in Schools Programme (MISP) was introduced in the Ireland in

May 2004 and is now being used in schools throughout the country. Before introducing the Programme, school staff, governors, Boards of Management and parents should be consulted.

The clothed massage is:

  • For children 4-12 years old
  • Given by the children, to each other
  • On the back, head, arms and hands
  • Given and received with the child’s permission
  • 10-15 minutes daily

What are the benefits of massage?

  • Studies and observations have shown that:
  • Children become calmer
  • Children have improved concentration
  • Children have more confidence
  • It helps children recognise ‘good’ and ‘bad’ touch
  • Children develop better motor skills
  • It teaches children to respect themselves and others
  • There is a reduction in bullying and aggression
  • A teacher can benefit from a calmer classroom & improved concentration
  • Massage is fun!

Full attendance is required of the two-day course which includes:

  • Background to the MISP
  • Benefits of massage
  • Effects of massage
  • Studies and research
  • Child development
  • Children with special needs
  • How to implement the MISP
  • Child protection
  • Support and ethics
  • Formal massage routine
  • Touch games
  • Parent Classes
  • Mini MISP



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