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 positive touch for children and adults of all ages and abilities. In November 2020, I was awarded ‘FHT Complementary Therapist of the Year’ which is such an honour. This was largely for my work during lockdown sharing videos on social media to bring comfort and reassurance to thousands of people in family homes, schools, hospices and hospices. You can read more here: Mary wins FHT Complementary Therapist of the Year Award.

Books and Courses

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 The Story Massage Programme 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 offers 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 2015, I was presented with the prestigious FHT Excellence in Leadership Award for my work with Cocoro, a charity working with families affected by the Japanese Tsunami in 2011. I have also volunteered in Dunkirk Refugee Camp and the Empowering Women of Nepal project.

Story Massage Programme Book and Courses

I am co-founder of the Story Massage Programme which is now an international success.  This fully inclusive positive touch activity is based on ten simple massage strokes. It combines the benefits of nurturing touch with the fun and creativity of story, song and rhyme. The programme 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

Just had a really helpful social media lesson with Ali's Therapy Academy. Highly recommend Ali's business advice. And we celebrated my first Instagram reel with a brisk walk and chat at Kingley Vale. Thank you Ali! ... See MoreSee Less
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So delighted that Bridget from Sea Holly Therapies is running my Indian Head Massage Diploma in North Cornwall. I've read the feedback from students on the latest FHT accredited course and my heart sings. If you are considering training in Indian Head Massage then this is the course for you! #indianheadmassage #accreditedcourse #cornwall ... See MoreSee Less
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You can mix work with pleasure! Here we are celebrating the fantastic success of National Massage Day and Pro-Touch Awareness month and making exciting plans for next year. Thank you Lizzie Badger for being such an inspiration. #protouchmovement #businesskindness #storymassage ... See MoreSee Less
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