"'Pizza Massage'"

About: Mansfield & Ashfield

(as a staff member posting for a patient/service user),

Parents were consulted in Under Ones baby group today; asking them for their ideas about future development of the group.

Majority of them said they were happy with the current offering in the group and one parent offered a written suggestion:

"It would be lovely if you had a mixed group for babies and toddlers. How about a massage session where the toddlers help the mummies do "pizza massage" on the kiddies. "

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Response from Karon Foulkes, General Manager, Children and Young People, Health Partnerships We are preparing to make a change

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What an interesting suggestion-and now I have done some digging around I know what it is! 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 (use fingertips). This would be a great way to encourage toddlers in positive touching and to form a closer bond with a younger sibling. It may also give a sense of pride in being able to undertake that role and responsibility to be gentle (with supervision!)

I have spoken to a member of staff and he has a plan on how to take that idea forward.


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Response from Jenny Newman, Digital Health Project Manager, Health Partnerships, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

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It's always good to hear how you are involving parents and families in planning services. Pizza massage sounds a great idea, especially with the whole family involved. Thanks for sharing, I look forward to seeing the outcome.

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Response from Karon Foulkes, General Manager, Children and Young People, Health Partnerships We have made a change

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A quick update. Following on from the idea you initiated, the team have now got a plan to put into action to bring about change

The workers who deliver the baby massage provision have got together to look at incorporating this concept and have come up with a plan.

During baby massage course; the workers are going to start to introduce pizza massage and also weather massage ideas to the parents; discussing 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.

This will happen throughtout the 3wks of delivery, culminating in the final week with providing leaflets/info about what has been discussed and showing techniques to use.

This may elicit further requests for additional information/help from parents regarding applying pizza massage techniques at home which could further lead to one-off sessions etc totally devoted to pizza massage.

Thank you for generating this idea for us. it is always good to get feedback and ideas from the local community so we can shape services to meet local needs

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