Story Massage for Massage in Schools Programme Instructors

Our accredited Story Massage day course, book and DVD has been recommended as excellent Continuing Professional Development for Massage in Schools Programme (MISP) Instructors. Feedback shows how training in Story Massage can enhance and support those working with MISP around the world.


A really inspiring and fun training day with plenty of ideas to take away to work with. I love the supporting DVD and Story Massage book which has been very well received in schools were I have been working with peer massage.” Donna Davies, MISP Instructor, England

The Story Massage course supports my training in MISP and has inspired me to introduce a programme of positive activities for children in the tsunami destroyed area of Japan.” Takiko Ando, MISP instructor, Japan

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

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I have found ideas from the Story Massage book very helpful for our first parent and child workshop. It went really well and everyone had a lot of fun.” Gloria Wong, MISP Trainer, Singapore

Story Massage and the Massage in Schools Programme (MISP) both share the same aim of sharing positive and respectful touch with children all over the world, and it is important to recognise the different ways in which they work to achieve this vision.

The Massage in Schools Programme (MISP)

MISP is a comprehensive 2 day training programme teaching a well researched 15 stroke routine as the basis of a practice aimed at supporting nurturing touch in primary classrooms around the world. This has been extended to include pre-school and parent led groups in the wider community. The 2 day MISP training provides participants with an in-depth understanding of the full benefits, applications and underlying aspects of peer massage for children.

Story Massage does not in any way replace the Massage in Schools Programme and offers excellent continuing education for already trained MISP instructors who wish to have more ideas for working with story massage.


Once upon a touch… story massage for children

The story massage project includes a website, book, DVD, blog, Facebook page and an accredited one day training for a wide range of people including parents, teachers, holistic therapists and other health professionals including hospice workers and physiotherapists. We do not offer a routine but suggest ways in which 10 basic story massage strokes can be used creatively to adapt stories or as the basis of writing personal massage stories for children, young people and adults.


What is Story Massage?

Ten simple massage strokes form the basis of our Story Massage book, resources and training. These strokes have a child friendly name, such as The Drum or The Sprinkle, and an easy to recognise symbol making it fully accessible for all ages and abilities.

If you would like to introduce Story Massage in your home or work, then we hold a one day training course that is held around the country for individuals and groups. On these days we teach the Story Massage strokes and then work with you to adapt familiar stories and even create some sensory stories of your own. Ideal for anyone interested in sharing peer massage and positive touch ideas for children and adults of all ages and abilities. We also offer in-house training options. All the information is here: Story Massage Training

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