FREE Resources for the Story Massage Programme

Another lockdown. We are bringing you FREE resources to help support the Story Massage Programme at home and at work. Here are some opportunities to share the fun, connection and relaxation of massage stories – for free.
“The Story Massage Programme resources are brilliant for home learning. Just look at this happy face as big brother massages his little brother! The P2s are now Story Massage experts as they have been practising on Seesaw too.” Jennifer Monteith, Nurture Teacher, Thorntree Primary School

Free Resources – Facebook Live Sessions

Mary and her trusty teddy, Emmanuel, are giving live ‘follow-along’ sessions on our Facebook (Story Massage Programme) page. And we love giving ‘shout-outs’ to schools, groups, children and adults. Here is the schedule:

“I discovered Story Massage during the first lockdown. The young people in my class have absolutely loved Story Massage sessions. We have learnt the actions and several stories by rote. I have one young lad who loves fairy tales and this has really engaged her. I also have another pupil who is mainly non-verbal but when we do nursery rhymes he laughs and says the repeated refrains, it has been wonderful.” Claire Bayliss Teacher in a Special School


Free Resources – Video Recordings on Vimeo and You Tube

There is a whole selection of different massage stories, including bedtime stories, on video for you to follow along at home, or share within your groups or school websites. Some school and college staff are choosing videos to send to individual children or classes as they know they will be enjoyed at home. You can take a look at all the videos here: You Tube and Vimeo

“My daughter, Maisy, has PMLD and absolutely loves the Story Massage Programme. The facebook live sessions have given us another way to give and enjoy the precious effects of the massage programme. And now we have the Vimeo channel too which is wonderful. Yesterday morning, Maisy’s breathing was really rapid. I played several videos from the channel. I did the strokes while she listened to Mary’s voice and it really calmed her.” Sophie Kidd-Munnery


Free Resources –  New Massage Stories

If you are currently sharing the Story Massage Programme at home or work then you will enjoy this free PDF booklet of 30 new stories. Email mary@storymassage.co.uk and say how you are using the programme. (NB This offer has been going for a few weeks, so do check that you haven’t already made the most of it.)

“Thank you so much for sharing the booklet with us.  We are encouraging families to do a massage story at home every week and the booklet offers a whole variety of new stories to match all ages and abilities. We’ve had some lovely positive responses about how they are all enjoying doing something together. Families are so pleased to have something to focus on.” Julia Barnes, Sensory Manager, Ravenscliffe High School


Free Resources  – Sensory Stories Podcast and Interview

  • The Pete Wells Sensory Stories Podcast. Listen to an interview with Mary Atkinson, co-founder of the Story Massage Programme and learn from Pete’s excellent lecture proprioception. Plus a wonderful massage story about going to the doctors with Lolli Ladybird with ideas for sensory props. There is a follow-along demo of this sensory story here:


  • Interview with Joanna Grace, founder of the Sensory Projects. Sit back and enjoy a conversation with Joanna Grace with tips and ideas for writing sensory stories.


Online Training Option

This is not free, but a wonderful way of gaining CPD and learning a new skill during lockdown. Our online training option can be started at any time and takes around 12-18 hours to complete. We can invoice your school or organisation. Once trained, you have free access to our Facebook Community Page which is a fantastic resource for new massage stories and inspiration from others. You can find all the details here: Story Massage Online Training

“Online training meant that I could complete it at a time that suited me and my family and a bonus that I have time off during lockdown to complete it so quickly. Thank you so much for designing an easily accessible option for your training and for making it so clear and encouraging. I am really enjoying creating new massage stories.” Sarah Combe, Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and Independent Relax Kids Coach


Story Massage Book

Also not free, but highly popular especially at the moment. The book Once Upon A Touch…. includes an explanation of the strokes and over 25 different stories. It is an ideal introduction to the programme, and great fun to explore at home with your own children. You can order our book (£15.50 inc p&p) here: Story Massage Book 

“We have been working our way through the book and taking videos for Instagram. Myla is really enjoying videoing these and watching herself back. We always laugh together when telling our stories and they’ve been really lovely for me to look back on during our more challenging days. She has also been massaging her dolls and bunny while talking and saying certain words from the stories. So lovely to see her language skills developing every day.” Leigh Williams, Baby Massage and Story Massage Instructor at The Little Wellness Company


More about the Story Massage Programme

The programme combines the benefits of positive touch with the fun and creativity of story, song and rhyme. This short video gives an introduction and a demonstration to give you more information.

 

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