Massage Therapy


Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy helps to support the general health, well- being and comfort of the children and young people at St Rose’s and St Martin’s.

Massage Therapy involves applying a variety of manual techniques to manipulate muscles and soft tissues of the body. During a treatment the therapist will use a number of different strokes varying in pressure and movement to aid relaxation and reduce muscular tension. Massage is combined with both passive movements and stretches to further enhance the benefits of the treatment.

All sessions are run by a qualified massage therapist who is a member of the Association of Physical and Natural Therapies {APNT) and the British Complimentary Medicine Association (BCMA) and abides to a strict code of conduct. The Massage Therapist works closely with the on-site school Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapist to carefully plan the most appropriate and beneficial treatment for each student.

The students at St Rose’s and St Martin’s have complex and varying needs that require a responsive and adaptive approach on a daily basis. The Massage Therapist is onsite to help meet any needs that may arise.

The Massage Therapist also works closely with parents, Teachers, Teaching Assistants and care staff to deliver basic massage training and guidance. These useful skills can then be used to promote relaxation or increase arousal levels, improve body awareness, enhance circulation encourage choice, two way communication and turn taking for example.

Treatments take place in a quiet, relaxing environment and are generally delivered on a one to one basis.

Massage Therapy has been shown to have many physical benefits including:
  • Pain Relief.

  • Reduced muscle tone.

  • Improved joint mobility and muscle length.

  • Improved digestion.

  • Improved circulation.

  • Improved sleep.

  • Improved eye contact.

  • Reduced hypersensitivity which can lead to increased acceptance of touch.

  • Improved body awareness

Massage can also be a positive sensory experience and support those students with sensory difficulties. Treatments can be designed to provide appropriate levels of tactile and proprioceptive stimulation as part of a wider sensory processing intervention.




St Rose’s aims to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that offers stimulating opportunities appropriate to the needs of our students.




A team of experienced therapists are employed directly by the school to work alongside education and care staff. Collaborative therapy and sharing that knowledge is integral to the work of our school.



When a child or young person is happy, they have the best chance of progressing and achieving their goals. Ensuring that your child’s emotional needs are met is as important as their physical requirements.