- Easy to use and highly enjoyable. Promotes relaxation, calm and bonding. Review by Pooky Knightsmith
Once upon a touch walks you through the concept of story massage – applying a series of simple touches to a child during the telling of a story. You learn how to ensure your touch is respectful and that the individual needs of the chid are taken into account before learning a series of different touches which are then used to share the different stories in the book. These include perennial favourites such as Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood as well as a range of stories designed to promote trust, relaxation or imagination.
The book provides the information you need to approach story massage confidently and sensitively and with a real sense of enjoyment. There are many benefits to story massage both for the child and the adult. Amongst other things it promotes calmness, relaxation, wellbeing and bonding.
I found the book easy to use and the stories highly enjoyable. I tested some of the stories out on my five-year-old daughters and found it to be the perfect way to relax before bedtime. My girls have also enjoyed learning to use the different strokes on each other, and this provides a chance for fun and bonding between them.
I can imagine that these stories could work well in a wide range of circumstances, particularly where a child is in need of calming or emotional support or where focused work is needed on attachment building. I can imagine that these stories may work especially well with children with special needs or children in foster care or adoptive families.
• How to use this book
• Benefits of story massage for children
• Suggested guidelines
• The ten massage strokes
• The massage stories
• Story massage in action
(Posted on 12/4/15)