A wonderful collection of fun rhymes and easy to learn massage routines, all beautifully illustrated to bring calm, relaxation and a positive tactile experience for parent and child. Routines can be carried out in a seated position working over clothes, to involve massage of the back, shoulders, arms and head only. Alternatively, if offered as part of a bedtime routine, or to a disabled child who cannot sit unaided, or to soothe at times of poor health, the routines can also be performed in a laying down position with or without the use of oil/cream. Suitable for all children over 18 months of age.
As Story Massage has also proven to be beneficial to children with life-limiting illnesses, an agreed percentage of the proceeds of each sale of this book is to be donated to Chestnut Tree House, a children's hospice based in Sussex, UK.
I purchased a copy of this book initially to give to a friend of mine who had just had a baby, I thought it would be a present that would be a bit different & that both mother & baby could enjoy. Before I had chance to wrap it my 7yr old daughter had picked it up & started looking @ it/reading it & asked me if I could do the "when we have a worry" massage on her because she had "butterflies" in her tummy about something so I did & she loved it & she started to chat to me about her worry. She then asked me if I could buy another book for her & now we regularly take it turns on each other. Once I have had an initial read through of each massage I found that they were easy to master & do although I had to laugh one evening when my daughter started correcting me on my technique! I double checked with the instructions & she was right so there you go easy enough for a 7yr old to master!!!!
I would highly recommend this book! I bought it for a friend who has a three year old and a baby. She loved the idea and uses it to take time out of her busy life and spend time with her children relaxing. Her three year old particularly loves the blackbird story.
I would highly recommend this book; it's inspiring,fun and very user-friendly. Story massage is a wonderful way to relax your child and to spend quality time with them. This book also makes a lovely, original gift.
An amazing book! I brought this for my 2 children who are 6 & 9 they both live receiving the story massages and my 6 year old daughter also lives giving them to me. A very well read book in our house, highly recommended
I am a mum of three children under 5 who adore this book and have been lucky enough to attend some of Mel's Story Massage sessions. It's a firm favourite and part of our bedtime calming routine. I quite like the kids to do it to me too! I tell all the parents who do ToddlerCalm with me about this fab way of building connections and bonds with tots - they give me great feedback on it too. X
I bought this book for my 2 year old and 4 year old sons. It has been invaluable! Every night they ask for a new story massage and it's a great way to finish off a busy day. Even Daddy enjoys bedtime routine now. Fabulous book! So good I bought two so the boys have one each. Thank you to the author Melanie Garlick, it's the most thumbed book on our shelf!
Absolutely love this book. Its charming stories and illustrations are so brilliant for sharing. Have given copies to several friends already and from now on it will be my present of choice for all new Mums and Dads.
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