Once Upon a Massage

This course involves the use of simple movements (through clothes). The movements can be associated with pictures or stories to create many opportunities for sharing positive touch, encouraging interaction and creative fun.

These creative classes will allow parents, carers, teachers, child development officers and playgroup leaders to share these opportunities at home, in nurseries, school and after-school clubs.

Massage can be used to enhance the Health and Wellbeing element of the National Curriculum. 

Course content

The benefits of massage for children include:

  • improved calmness and concentration
  • improved safe and happy learning environment
  • increased self-confidence, self-awareness and self-esteem
  • improved social skills, respect for others, inclusiveness and empathy
  • increased engagement in activities
  • improved communication skills

There is also an educational element as it can be used to help children learn their numbers and letters.

Getting it Right for Every Child, (GIRFEC) the national approach to improving the wellbeing of children and young people recommends an approach that ‘takes a holistic approach to the wellbeing of a child’.

Research carried out in Renfrewshire Schools in 2005 by a team led by Dr. Richard Woolfson of Renfrewshire Psychology Service concluded that “the study found that P2 pupils who participated in the Massage in Schools Programme over a six week period made significant improvements in concentration (as measured by on task behavior) compared to a control group of P3 Children”.



This course is currently unfunded.

Entry requirements (minimum)

There are no entry requirements for this course. It is suitable for individuals who are parents, guardians or professionals who currently work with children.

Start date

05 May 2018
(Saturday 13:00 - 16:00)


3 Hour(s)



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E: training@glasgowclyde.ac.uk
T: 0141 272 3276


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