Story Massage Training


Accredited Day Course with Mary Atkinson and Sandra Hooper, co-authors of the book, eBook and DVD - 'Once upon a touch… story massage for children'


Dates: tbc

Time: tbc

Course Fee: £149 (includes comprehensive manual and certificate)

Venue: With Kids Glasgow, 15 Annfield Pl, Glasgow G31 2XE

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Trainers: Mary and Sandra are both experienced massage therapists with a wealth of experience in using positive touch activities in the home, school and community.

Who can attend the course: The day is open to adults who have an interest in sharing positive touch with children and adults. Attendees include therapists, teachers, teaching assistants, care workers, other health professionals, parents and grandparents.

Course content: Ten simple massage strokes form the basis of the story massage training, book and DVD. Each of these strokes has an accompanying symbol so that they are internationally recognizable. The strokes and symbols provide a structure that enables you to share Story Massage with children of all ages and abilities.

You will learn these strokes and symbols and then we will work together to adapt familiar stories using these ten simple strokes. We will also spend time creating our own massage stories with these strokes and symbols. This will help build your confidence with using Story Massage in the way that most suits you. During the day will be opportunities to ask questions and share ideas.


Some Applications for Story Massage

  • In nurseries, schools, special schools, afterschool clubs, youth groups, infant massage and yoga classes
  • In hospices, hospitals and care homes (can be used for people with dementia)
  • For children with special physical, emotional or educational needs
  • As an addition to your work as an OT, Physiotherapist or Speech and Language Therapist
  • In the family home


Some feedback

"Many of the children and adults in the East End of Glasgow are affected by poverty and struggle with social interaction, anxiety and self-esteem issues," says Vicky, "Affirmations combined with Story Massage can help them start to see the positive in themselves. The sessions have made a real difference."  - Vicky Mulholland, Speech and Language Therapist, With Kids


"Story Massage has made a really positive impact for children who have difficulties in establishing relationships with each other. It has been quite amazing. They enjoy giving as well as receiving Story Massage and they are learning that it feels good to be kind to each other. We have organised an inhouse training day for staff so all the children can benefit."  -Justine Horn, Deputy Head, Thorntree Primary School, Glasgow


"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


"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)


“What an amazing training day! It is very rare to find an activity, which can engage all learners no matter what their needs, age or disabilities. Story Massage 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

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