Story Massage for Children

Story Massage for Children

What is Story Massage?

Story massage is a fun and interactive way of enjoying positive touch through story telling and simple massage strokes. Everyone can join in, whatever age or ability. Mary Atkinson and Sandra Hooper have developed a book, DVD and FHT accredited training course to teach you more about story massage. You can find out more about the Story Massage book here: Once upon a Touch…Story Massage for Children. If you would like to see story massage videos and read updates about story massage projects around the world then please visit the Story Massage Website.

What does Story Massage training involve?

Ten simple massage strokes form the basis of all our stories. We will teach you these strokes and then work with you to 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!

Mary Atkinson in Japan

Who can benefit from Story Massage training?

Anyone who has an interest in using story massage to encourage positive touch for children will benefit form the training – whether you are working for an organisation or you’d like to use it in the home. We can tailor your training to suit your particular needs. The sessions also provide excellent continuing education for already trained MISP (Massage in Schools Programme) instructors who wish to have more ideas for stories and massage.

What is the most suitable training option for you?

We offer in-house training for:

  • School based staff including teachers, teaching assistants, learning mentors, PHSCE co-ordinators, SENCOs
  • Community workers including health visitors, school nurses, therapists, carers, after-school club staff, Sure Start and Children Centre staff, Healthy Schools co-ordinators


FHT Accredited Short Course
We also offer FHT accredited day courses:

There are also regular trainings scheduled for individuals wanting to use story massage in the home, as as extension of their work or who simply want to find out more about this simple, fun and easy way to share positive touch activities with children. We are currently planning many more course dates, do keep looking. Or if you’d like us to come to your area, please let us know.

Time: 10.00 – 16.00

To book: for more information please contact Mary Atkinson, co-founder of Story Massage.


Pre-requisites: The course open to everyone who has an interest in positive touch activities for children. It is ideal to add to your work as a therapist, teacher, teaching assistant, physiotherapist, play therapist, care worker or other occupation where story massage could bring benefits to children and adults. It is also wonderful for parents and grandparents wishing to bring creative positive touch activities into the family home.

For those seeking accreditation as a Story Massage Instructor to run story massage sessions for groups of families and children, then the pre-requisite is a teaching qualification or a qualification that includes a component with training on peer massage and/or how to instruct parents and carers on how to apply a bodywork therapy to babies, toddlers or children for the purposes of relaxation. Among the recognised qualifications that fulfill the criteria are:

  • MISP (Massage in Schools Programme)
  • Light Touch Reflexology for Babies, Toddlers and Children
  • Relax Kids
  • Baby Reflex
  • Infant Massage Instructor
  • Baby Massage Instructor
  • Baby Yoga Instructor
  • ITEC Diploma in Infant and Child Massage

Other qualifications or experience can be taken into consideration as APL but must include the component on how to instruct children in peer massage, or parents and carers on how to apply a bodywork therapy to babies, toddlers or children for the purposes of relaxation. Please contact us if you require further clarification.


“I found the course challenging, stimulating and very proactive, especially the ‘learning by doing’”. – Teaching Assistant

Inspiring! It gave me the confidence to make up my own story massages for my three children. They love it.” – Parent

Interesting and fulfilling, leaving me with the desire to share and pass on.” – Julia Bray, Complementary Therapist

Very poignant and important, and timely for today’s children, parents and schools. Great fun, relaxed and professional.Bev Pearson, parent, therapist and MISP instructor.


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