Making up stories to go along with your massage routines is an excellent way to encourage discussion, promote imagination, and make massage more interesting for your child. Once you are both completely relaxed and as comfortable as possible, in whichever position suits you both best, the first thing to do is to ask your toddler where they would like to be massaged and what story they would like to hear. This helps them understand their body, and helps them become involved in the massage in general. It keeps them interested and gives you a way to remember the steps involved too!
You must begin the massage with asking for your child’s permission. Without it, you should never attempt to continue to massage your baby or toddler, as it could put them off massage completely, and will only serve to make everyone tense and stressed. You will soon be able to understand how your child is feeling and will know when it is the right time to attempt a massage. When the time is right, why not try our story massage below and get to know Mumma Love’s characters, The Jungles, some more.
Here is the story, just encase you didn’t want to follow the video – sometimes it’s easier to go at your own pace.
Harper the Hippo didn’t want to go to bed
Harper the Hippo didn’t want to go to bed, she was having far too much fun in the jungle, plodding around trying to find her friends.
Put one hand on top of the other and make a figure of eight from one shoulder, across the top of your child’s back, to the other shoulder. Repeat up to four times.
First, she found Ernie, but he didn’t want to play, he was too busy splashing water from his traffic trunk.
Next, keep curving your hands and stroke down your child’s shoulders to their wrists. Repeat two or three times.
“What are you doing? “Harper asked in an inquisitive tone. “I’m giving myself a nighttime bath” yawned Ernie, blowing a big bubble from his nose. “You should be doing the same Harper, the moon is nearly up.”
Put one hand on top of the other and make large sweeping circles across your child’s back to represent Ernie blowing a bubble.
Next, stroke your fingertips around your child’s back in a circular motion to represent the moon
“But I’m not tired” huffed Harper, and off she plodded deeper into the jungle.
Make fists with your hands and press them lightly up your child’s back to mimic Harper plodding deeper into the jungle.
Next, she bumped into Rory the Lion; he had bubbles all over his hair… “You look funny Rory” giggled Harper as she looked at Rory’s bubbly head. “I’m getting squeaky clean before bed Harper, that’s what I’m doing, you should be doing the shame, the moon is nearly up” instructed Rory in his gruff lion voice.
Walk your fingers up to the top of your child’s head, and begin to massage there. The motion required is much as though you were shampooing their hair, using the tips of your fingers and rubbing the scalp.
“But I’m not tired” huffed Harper, and off she plodded a little deeper into the jungle.
Stroke down from the head to the base of the spine. Then make fists with your hands and press them lightly up your child’s back to mimic Harper plodding deeper into the jungle.
After a while of plodding Harper noticed her friend George the Giraffe lying in the waterhole, he was covered in big, bright, bubbles, staring at the stars twinkling in the night’s sky.
Lift your fingertips so that your hands are arched, and press them lightly all over your toddler’s back, one at a time, sweeping up and away, this move represents the stars.
George noticed Harper staring at him from a distance and with a Yawn shouted: “Harper come and join me, the moon is up, look how bright it’s making the bubbles.”
Put one hand on top of the other, in a large sweeping motion make a circular movement across the back to represent the moon.
Harper was intrigued, the bubbles where so bright, so she slid in the water next to George and stared up at the moon. The warm water on Harper’s skin made her feel happy and relaxed; it even made Harper a little sleepy.
Put one hand on top of the other and make a figure of eight from one shoulder, across the top of your child’s back, to the other shoulder.
Next, use your fingertips to trace a horseshoe or U shape over your child’s stomach to represent Harper being happy.
Harper plodded out of the water. “Where are you going” questioned, George.
“I’m tired” whispered Harper. And with that, she shook dry and tucked herself up to bed for the night.
Stroke up your toddler’s back and squeeze down their arms to represent being tucked into bed.
Goodnight, Harper, Good Night.
With the palm of your hand make a waving motion on your child’s back to say goodnight.