May 2019 – The ‘M’ Technique of Massage


Earlier this year the Trust was approached by the staff training management of St Helena Hospice enquiring as to whether The Nancy Salmon Trust would be prepared to fund training in the ‘M’ Technique for some 18 hospice staff and volunteers, seen below. After reading various papers on the technique the Trust’s four trustees decided unanimously to accept the request. The following is a brief description of the technique and its benefits.




The 'M' Technique® is a method of structured touch. Each movement and sequence is performed a set number of times, in a set pattern, at a set pressure and set speed that never change. And, because the technique is completely choreographed it is reproducible and therefore useful in research.


The technique works on skin receptors that send signals to the brain and it has been described as physical hypnotherapy, ‘a kind of meditation’ and a 'spiritual dance'. It has been proved suitable for the very fragile, critically ill or actively dying patient, or when someone is just very stressed or when the giver is not trained in general massage.


Anyone can learn the ‘M’ Technique® – it is suitable for caregivers, family members, volunteers, and friends as well as nurses, therapists and other health professionals. It is not necessary to have previous training in massage. Touch is one of the basic forms of communications, yet many of us may be apprehensive to touch those who need it most.


Posted at Saturday 31st of August 2019 by Chris Salmon