Current research project with Trinity College, Dublin

Commencing September 2004, The Department of Psychology at Trinity College, Dublin will together with
practitioner Katie Losty, extensively research the effects of the Co-ordination & Massage for Dyslexia therapy
programme. Under the supervision of Professor Ray Fuller, final year psychology student Caoimhe Weeks will be
responsible for this research project. Caoimhe Weeks will assess in detail a number of children on commencement
and again on completion of this twelve-week Co-ordination and Massage treatment programme.
This group of children are between 7 and 11 years of age. Every child exhibits some symptoms of dyslexia or
related learning difference although not necessarily diagnosed as dyslexic. The assessment material used in each
case is The Dyslexia Screening Test developed by Dr. Angela Fawcett and Dr. Rod Nicolson of the Department of
Psychology, University of Sheffield. The following areas are measured during each assessment.

-        Rapid naming
-        Bead threading
-        One minute  
-        Postural stability
-        Phonemic segmentation
-        Two minute spelling
-        Backward digit span
-        Nonsense passage reading
-        One minute writing
-        Verbal fluency
-        Semantic fluency

To date, almost all parents of children who have participated on this Co-ordination & Massage for Dyslexia
treatment programme have observed a positive improvement in their child's self-esteem. The Department of
Psychology at Trinity College are naturally very interested in the psychological effects that this Co-ordination and
Massage intervention programme can have and therefore aim to evaluate scientifically the possible improvements
in each of the areas listed above and also in the levels of each participating child's self-esteem.
Caoimhe Weeks will apply The Culture-Free Self-Esteem Inventory, second edition, to assess self-esteem of each
of these children involved in the research project before embarking on the treatment programme and again on   
completion.
Note :The exciting and validating results of this research project can be mailed to interested parties by
contacting katielosty@eircom.net

                           Research on Massage Therapy
Massage may be one of the most powerful and most natural therapy known to us, it is a known fact that we can
survive a lifetime being deaf, blind, without the ability to taste or smell but not without the sense of touch. With
constant research ongoing throughout the world it has been shown that touch is more vital than commonly
understood. Research on massage shows the following effects:
-        Strengthens the immune system
-        Reduces pain
-        Improves development of the nervous system
-        Reduces anguish & anxiety
-        Reduces levels of stress hormone (cortisol)
-        Increases blood/lymphatic circulation
-        Increases levels of calming hormone (oxytocin)
-        Increase weight gain in premature babies
-        Reduces muscle tension

Extensive research results on massage and touch therapies from
The Touch Research Institutes can be seen on www.miami.edu/touch-rese
Research Articles