Mia Elmsäter is the co-author of Touch in Schools: A Revolutionary Approach to Replace Bullying by Respect and to Reduce Violence

Mia Elmsater's Book

Published in May 2009, the book is a proponent of the importance of introducing positive touch into school curricula and school activities to encourage positive healthy interaction amongst young children amd that positive touch is a very essential part of a child's emotional well-being.

Discover revolutionary techniques and applications on introducing healing positive touch into our educational system.

Children With Special/Additional Needs

The Massage in Schools Programme, when used with children having special/additional needs, has been found to be very effective in encouraging interaction with each other in more healthy, positive ways. Massage therapy breaks the barriers of cliques and "separatism", it encourages the atmosphere of playfulness and support, and most important of all it brings children together in a safe and nurturing environment.

All educators, sociologists and field experts realize the importance of play and relaxation to enhance learning and social development. Play and recess are key foundations in school. Play is important so that children don't become so bored and restless. Just as recess is essential, in the same way massage in schools bring about the same feelings of fun, games and social interaction. MISP shows ways that massage brings fun and positive interactions to children.

Massage therapy has been known to have a wonderful beneficial effect for children with learning disabilities or developmental disabilities. For the developmentally disabled, massage helps with pain reduction when they enter rehabilitation therapies and improves muscle tone. For children with learning disabilities such as ADHD, dyspraxia, and dyslexia, massage brings a state of calm and a nurturing effect which increases their concentration and focus. A state of calm maximizes learning.