Pizza Massage introduced at Children's centres

19/07/2013 by Amy Gaskin-Williams

A parent shared a posting on Patient Opinion about their experience of Pizza Massage and asked if this could be provided at Children's Centres. Pizza Massage is a way of explaining to young children how to do a range of massage moves on others like kneading the dough (kneading the skin using flat knuckles) or sprinkling on the cheese (using fingertips). This was seen to be a great way to encourage toddlers in positive touching, forming a closer bond with a younger brother or sister.
As a result f this posting, Sure Start workers introduced pizza massage and also weather massage to the baby massage course held at the Children's Centres. This included discussing with parents the benefits of older siblings becoming involved with massaging – bonding; emotions; nurturing and building good and positive relations amongst own family and also encouraging parents to allow this to happen – addressing and overcoming any concerns/worries around getting older siblings involved.