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Phoenix College

Phoenix College

Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy is offered to students at Phoenix twice per week by an RBC Massage and Sensory Therapist. More information about the benefits of massage therapy can be found below, along with the impact of massage therapy on levels of student stress/distress during 2018/19. 

  • Massage Therapy offers a specialist service by trained massage therapists for children with a wide variety of needs e.g. Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC), Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Physical Disability, Learning Difficulty, Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH), Dyspraxia, Low Self-Esteem, and Anxiety. It is also used to improve fine motor and cross body. Massage therapy sessions are tailored to each child’s individual needs. Sessions usually start with stacking cup exercises, which helps the child with their spatial awareness, fine motor skills, sequencing and crossing the midline. The session then moves onto a number of activities which help to improve hand-eye co-ordination and bilateral skills. Hand massage follows, which is a calming technique and reduces stress and anxiety. Hand massage can also support handwriting skills. Finally, there is an opportunity for a back and head massage. Parental and child consent is required and it is carried out through clothing using hands and massage tools.

  • Benefits of Massage Therapy

    • Deep pressure massage gives a calming effect.

    • Massage therapy improves body awareness which helps spatial awareness.

    • Therapy techniques enable children to develop skills to better manage their difficulties and support them to access the curriculum.

    • Massage therapy can offer skills to control and manage anger and anxiety.

    • Alongside the massage therapy, pupils will receive a variety of cross-body, bi-lateral, fine motor and hand strengthening exercises. These activities can improve visual memory, help to develop sequencing and organisational skills which in turn improves mathematical skills