Book: Healing Touch for Children

Book: Healing Touch for Children

Gaia Books, 2009 ISBN 9781856753050  £12.99

Healing Touch for Children book cover

To buy a copy please contact me (Mary Atkinson)

Mary Atkinson, author and complementary therapist,  brings her practical approach to her latest book which introduces Massage, Reflexology and Acupressure for 4-12 year olds. Healing Touch for Children has a foreword by actress Susan Hampshire who follows the holistic approach to life. It is a beautifully illustrated book written for parents and grandparents wishing to share the benefits of nurturing touch with their children and grandchildren. There are also plenty of self-help tips.

Research has shown that short, simple touch therapy sessions can help reduce stress, increase concentration and boost energy levels in school age children, and this book offers a thorough overview of safe and effective ways of making a loving and caring touch part of your child’s daily routine. Recommended as Book of the Week in the Mail on Sunday You Magazine. Although written for children, many people report that the routines are valuable for people of all ages and the book quickly becomes a well-thumbed resource in the home.


Healing Touch for Children supports studies by the Touch Research Institute, Miami, which show stress levels are lower in children who receive massage. It has been approved by The British Holistic Medical Association and recommended by the Massage in Schools Association as it complements the practice of peer massage in schools.

“This beautiful book acts as a reminder to us all that simple touch can have a profound benefits for both giver and receiver. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.”
Susan Hampshire, Actress and Patron of the British Holistic Medical Association

This is a beautifully illustrated book, with easy to follow instructions. It is a pioneering book. I just wish I had it available when my children were growing up. I will be recommending it to my patients with young children, and for grandparents it will make a great gift.”
Dr Craig K Brown, General Practitioner, and Chairman of the British Holistic Medical Association

“The book is beautifully illustrated and is a joy to read. Atkinson clearly wholeheartedly believes in the power of touch and is passionate about her subject. I would recommend the book to any parent as a way of encouraging them to utilise the power of positive touch and spend quality time with their children.”
Journal of Holistic Healthcare May 2010

“Touch therapy is simple, free and extremely beneficial to both parent and child. Many techniques can also be applied to family and friends too. I would highly recommend this book to therapists and parents alike.”
Reflexions Magazine (Association of Reflexologists) December 2009

The vision of the Massage in Schools programme is that every child attending school should experience positive and nurturing touch every day . . . everywhere in the world. This is an international programme (, supported in the UK by the Massage in Schools Association (, and is reported to be having a beneficial effect on primary school children’s lives through the introduction of a peer massage programme. This book, with all its wonderful and practical suggestions complements the programme and also offers parents the chance to share the benefits and joy of nurturing, healing touch with their children in the family home.”
Sandra Hooper, Complementary Therapist and Trainer for the Massage in Schools Programme.

“This book embraces a new way of thinking, is hugely informative, clear, concise and an absolute joy to read.” Embody Magazine Summer 2009

“With clear instructions and good photographs this pioneering book by Mary Atkinson, with a foreword by Susan Hampshire, enables parents to give massage, reflexology and acupressure healing from the age of four upwards.”
You Magazine, Book of the Week, June 21st 2009

“A beautifully illustrated, step by step guide for home use written by an experienced massage therapist, reflexologist and aromatherapy practitioner. Mary offers easy to follow practice routines which can be easily picked up by even the complete beginner. Excellent.”
Yoga and Health, March 2009

“Featuring user friendly treatment sequences and practical advice on dealing with emotional issues such as stress and anxiety, this book will show you how you can make a loving and caring touch part of your child’s daily routine.”
The Green Parent, June/July 2009

“Using clear, annotated photographs and straightforward descriptions, Mary Atkinson outlines appropriate massage types to use for the young. A brilliant way to connect with children and support them in overcoming anxiety or illness.
Juno, Spring 2009

“This practical and accessible guide offers easy to follow step-by-step instructions and valuable health tips and advice.”Bamboo magazine, Conscious Family Living, Fall, 2011

Story Massage for Children Accredited Day Course

For therapists and parents wishing to learn more about positive touch activities for children then do check out my Story Massage Day course which is accredited by the Federation of Holistic Therapists for 5 CPD points. Courses are held around the country on different dates. Story Massage Day Course

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