Story Massage Certificates – Your Questions Answered

Do I get a certificate for completing the Story Massage training course? Can I get CPD points? What is a Story Massage Instructor? This blog answers some of your questions about certificates. 

Who can attend a Story Massage training course?

Everyone can attend our courses! Our training courses (both face to face and online) are open to everyone with an interest in positive touch activities for children and adults including teachers in mainstream and special schools, physiotherapists, play therapists, Relax Kids coaches, care workers, therapists, baby massage instructors, MISP instructors, parents and grandparents…..

Do I get a certificate?

The course is designed for Continuing Professional and Personal Development (CPD) as an extension of current skills, work and experience. All participants will be issued with a certificate for their own personal or professional use.

The wording on the certificate will depend on your prior qualifications and experience – and where you are planning to use Story Massage. We now have such a wonderful variety of people using Story Massage in many different kinds of settings. This is why we are always happy to answer your specific questions. Every situation is so different!

Our three certificates are:

  • Certificate of Attendance. This is issued to teachers, care workers, teaching assistants, learning mentors, parents, grandparents and others who do not require specific insurance to use Story Massage in their work or home.

  • CPD Certificate. This is issued for independent practitioners and therapists wishing to use Story Massage within their current work on a one-to-one basis with children, adults or individual families. Both the face-to-face course and the online course are approved for 5 CPD points by the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT).

  • Story Massage Instructor.  This is issued for independent practitioners and therapists planning to gain insurance to run Story Massage groups such as peer massage sessions in schools, family groups, after-school clubs, library sessions or Baby Story Massage groups. Please note this is not a qualification to train others to use Story Massage in the workplace. There are only two Story Massage trainers – Mary Atkinson and Sandra Hooper.

How can I get a Story Massage Instructor Certificate

In order to receive this certificate you will need to have a qualification that includes a component in sharing massage, reflexology or yoga with groups of children or families. Among the recognised qualifications that fulfil the criteria are below but please contact us as others may also be accepted:

MISP (Massage in Schools Programme), Impact (Kind Hands) or Relax Kids Coach

Light Touch Reflexology for Babies, Toddlers and Children or Baby Reflex

Infant Massage Instructor or Baby Massage Instructor

Baby Yoga Instructor or ITEC Diploma in Infant and Child Massage

Connected Kids – Certified Kids Meditation Teacher

CPD certificates can be changed to Story Massage Instructor if you gain the necessary qualifications within 3 years of completing the Story Massage course.  We charge a small fee of £25 for administration for the updating of your certificate. We ask you to send us a short video to demonstrating a massage story for assessment. Please contact Mary on for more information.

Can I become a Story Massage Instructor after completing the online course?

You can also qualify as a Story Massage Instructor after taking the online course if you have the required prior qualifications. We charge a small fee of £25 for administration of your certificate. Most large insurance companies will offer insurance for our online course, but we suggest that you contact us or your insurance company to check. In addition to the course assessment questions, we ask you to send us a short video for assessment. Here is an example of a video from a student who has now qualified as a Story Massage Instructor.

Please note: All adults working with children or vulnerable adults require an enhanced DBS certificate (Disclosure and Barring Service) or equivalent. Therapists are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct and Professional Practice of their professional organisation.

Do you have further questions?

Please contact the Story Massage team on if you need any further clarification about certificates or would like to know more about our training and resources. We are happy to answer your questions and offer you the support you need to share Story Massage with children and adults.

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