Mary Atkinson | Therapist, Author and Tutor Specialising in Story Massage and Indian Head Massage
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Welcome to my website. This is my opportunity to share my passion for the benefits of all holistic therapies for adults and children. I hope that you will find something here to encourage and inspire you to further your own professional and personal development.


My books Healing Touch for Children and The Art of Indian Head Massage are popular in many different countries. My courses including the Indian Head Massage Diploma and Story Massage  are accredited by the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT). In collaboration with Amy Taylor, I have shared my love of Indian Head Massage by setting up the Indian Head Massage Community. This group offer support and an opportunity to share ideas and experiences with other Indian Head Massage therapists.

Mary Atkinson in JapanPublications and Talks

As a trained journalist, I also enjoy writing articles, books and courses on holistic therapies. I am a regular speaker at conferences about a variety of holistic topics. In 2012, I was given the honour of being Cocoro UK representative, working with a Japanese charity providing aromatherapy and Story Massage for children affected by the tsunami. I was recently presented with the prestigious FHT Excellence in Leadership Award for my work with the charity.

Story Massage Book and Courses

I am co-founder of the Story Massage project with Sandra Hooper. Story Massage is a simple programme of ten massage strokes that combines the therapeutic benefits of positive touch with the creativity of storytelling. It is now popular worldwide in schools, special schools, hospices and, of course, the family home.

Thank you so much for such a lovely training day. Your teaching was calm, helpful, informative and inspirational and it was great to get one-to-one assistance. It has given me the confidence to go straight out and deliver all I have learned to my clients.
-Lesley Raphael, Holistic Therapist

First rate teacher and therapist. Genuinely lovely, warm person who radiates positivity. I would recommend Mary highly and frequently do! I’m glad I travelled to Chichester to do her FHT approved Indian Head Massage course – when clients tell me that I do an amazing IHM, I tell them I had an excellent teacher!
-Sue Adlam, Holistic Therapist