Story Massage for Children | Mary Atkinson

Story Massage for Children and Adults

Are you interested in sharing Story Massage with the children or adults in your care – at home or at work? 

We offer two options:

  • In house/group training days for your school or organisation
  • Accredited day course for individuals

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In House/Group Story Massage Training

We hold regular training days for schools, groups and other organisations wishing to introduce Story Massage to the children or adults in their care. Training as a group brings the additional benefits of shared experience and the opportunity to support each other in introducing and developing Story Massage. We work with a variety of professionals including school based staff, community workers and therapists.

Cost:  £1200 (up to 18 attendees) plus travel and accommodation. This includes the experience and expertise of two trainers plus a comprehensive training manual and certificate for each attendee.

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Accredited Day Course

We hold regular trainings for individuals wishing to use Story Massage for children and adults in the home or as an extension of their work. Everyone is welcome to attend to find out more about this simple, fun and easy way to share positive touch activities with others. The course is accredited by FHT (Federation of Holistic Therapists) and AoR (Association of Reflexologists).

Dates for accredited training 2016 are on the Story Massage website. Story Massage training dates.

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What does Story Massage training involve?

Ten simple massage strokes form the basis of our training, book and resources. We will teach you these strokes and then work with you to adapt familiar stories and even create some massage stories of your own. This will help build your confidence with using story massage in the way that most suits you. During the training there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and share ideas with others. It is fun and interactive, just like story massage. The day’s training is supported by updates and ideas via a newsletter, Facebook page, blog and YouTube channel.

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Who can benefit from Story Massage training?

Anyone who has an interest in using story massage to encourage positive touch for children – whether you are working for an organisation or you’d like to use it in the home – will benefit from this training. We can tailor your training to suit your particular needs. You can read more here: Story Massage FAQ

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What do others say about Story Massage?

“Fantastic. Highly recommended. A training day that can really be used on a day to day basis and adapted appropriately for each child.” Anne Steven, Rachel House Children’s Hospice, Glasgow.

“I think Story Massage adds value to what we are giving schools and encourages them to carry on with the Massage in Schools Programme. The Story Massage book has lots of ideas for new massage stories to try. Jane McLennan, MISP Instructor, England

“Story Massage empowers parents giving them a tool they can use to interact with their children in a calm non-threatening way. It is also a way for parents to spend one to one time with their child thus reinforcing the bond between parent and child.” Andrea Bilbow OBE Chief Executive ADDISS (The National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service.)

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It is very rare to find an activity, which can engage all learners no matter what their needs, age or disabilities. Mary and Sandra are very experienced and knowledgeable and have produced a clear and easy to follow programme. It offers flexibility to develop your own stories and make it unique to your setting. The feedback from all the school staff who attended the course was excellent. We are now delivering story massage sessions across the school on a daily or weekly basis.” Lisa Lawrence, Sensory Co-ordinator, Ysgol Y Deri Special School, Penarth.

Story Massage in Action

Here is a short video to show you some of the ways in which Story Massage can be enjoyed.

For more information:

Please contact Mary Atkinson or Sandra Hooper. Contact Story Massage. And check out the Story Massage website for videos and more testimonials.

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