Complementary Therapist, Author and Tutor

About me

Holistic therapies have been my passion since I began working as health and fitness journalist on national magazines around twenty five years ago. In the mid ‘90s, I trained to be a holistic practitioner and have qualifications in Holistic Massage, Aromatherapy, Indian Head Massage and Reflexology.  I am a Fellow of the Federation of Holistic Therapists and was recently awarded with the FHT Excellence in Leadership Award.

FHT Winner_Leadership

Books and Articles

My first book on complementary therapies, The Art of Indian Head Massage, was published in 2000 and has been translated into many languages including French, Spanish and Japanese.

Published in 2009, Healing Touch for Children, a guide to massage, reflexology and acupressure for children aged 4-12, has now been translated into fourteen languages. Other books include Personal Trainer: Hand and Foot MassageThe Complete Book of Massage and Once Upon a Touch… Story Massage for Children.

As a trained journalist, I write articles on a regular basis for a variety of different publications, and I am always happy to contribute tips and suggestions for your publications.

Holistic Therapy Training Courses

After two years setting up and working in the complementary therapy education department at St Wilfrid’s Hospice and teaching at Chichester College of Further Education, I decided to set up my own training venture offering accredited CPD courses and workshops for trained therapists and beginners

My speciality is Indian Head Massage training and courses include my popular Diploma in Indian Head Massage.  It is always such a joy to work with like-minded people.

Mary and Rhoda

My courses are small and friendly with the emphasis on achieving learning within a supportive atmosphere. Students travel from all over the UK to attend. We have also shared ideas and skills with students from Japan, Eire, Australia and USA.

Mary Atkinson with therapists in York

COCORO charity – UK Representative

In April 2012, I travelled to the tsunami disaster area in Japan with COCORO charity, providing aromatherapy and positive touch to the victims of the Japanese tsunami. It was wonderful when one of my students considered my work to be worthy of the title ‘Soul Hero’ in Natural Health Magazine (July 2012). I am now UK representative of Cocoro charity.

Story Massage for Children

Following my visit to the tsunami destroyed area of Japan, I have collaborated with Sandra Hooper to create our own Story Massage Project to help spread the vision of positive touch for all children. It is fun, creative, interactive – and very popular in many different settings including schools, special schools, hospices and family homes. We have developed an FHT accredited day course in Story Massage which is accompanied by a book and DVD. You can find our more about Story Massage on our website Story Massage for Children.



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