Story Massage Training Dates and Venues for 2019

We have added new Story Massage training dates and venues for our Accredited Day Course in Story Massage. More detailed information about venues and times on our training page: Story Massage Training.


  • Tuesday 29th January 2019. Birmingham. £149
  • Wednesday 27th February 2019. Glasgow.  £149
  • Thursday 28th February 2019. Glasgow. £149
  • Tuesday 19th March 2019. Hinckley, Leics. £149
  • Tuesday 30th April 2019. South London. £149
  • Monday 20th May 2019. Fife. £149
  • Tuesday 4th June 2019. Chichester.  £149
  • Wednesday 12th June 2019. Portlaoise, Eire. €170
  • Thursday 13th June 2019. Belfast. £149
  • Wednesday 26th June 2019. Manchester. £149

To Book: for an application form and more information please contact Mary or Sandra on

Payment: at the time of booking you can pay in full, or pay a £30 non-refundable deposit to secure your place on the course.

Can’t make these dates? We also run a very popular online course for you to study Story Massage in your home at your own pace.

What does Story Massage training involve?

Ten simple massage strokes form the basis of all our stories and our Story Massage book and DVD Once Upon a Touch… Story Massage for Children. We will teach you these strokes and then work with you to create some sensory 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 on adapting story massage to suit the individual needs of every child. It is fun and interactive, just like Story Massage!

“A training day that can really be used on a day to day basis and adapted appropriately for each individual child.” Anne Steven, Rachel House Children’s Hospice, Glasgow.

“I loved your course, it ticks so many boxes and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed using your techniques. I work with children with challenging behaviour and find that the combination of a story and the massage techniques are very effective. Story Massage has made a real difference to behaviour.” Katrina Payne, Sensory Leader

Story Massage in Action

Here is a medley of clips showing Story Massage in different settings:

Who can benefit from the Story Massage course?

Anyone who has an interest in using story massage to encourage positive and respectful touch for children – whether you are working for an organisation or you’d like to use it in the home – will benefit from this training. We can tailor your Story Massage training day to suit your particular needs. The course is designed to extend your current practice to include Story Massage and you can see some of the applications on our regular blog. Story Massage Blog. 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 an amazing, and SIMPLE way of involving all the children in a class, no matter what their ability, in telling and sharing stories in a fun and engaging way; I can’t wait to share it with my new class.” Emma Yearley, teacher, Kingsmead Primary School, Hackney.

“It is very rare to find an activity which can engage all learners no matter what their needs, age or disabilities. Mary and Sandra are experienced and knowledgeable and have produced a clear and easy to follow programme. It offers flexibility to develop your own stories and make it unique to your setting” Lisa Lawrence, Leader of Sensory Learning, Ysgol Y Deri Special School. 


Do also check out some feedback for our training in Story Massage: Story Massage Testimonials

“There is something very special in the connection between massage and story telling that is quite magical. I feel lucky and excited to have experienced your unique course.” Anna Norma, Mother and Holistic Therapist working with people with dementia.

Pre-requisites: The course open to everyone who has an interest in positive touch activities for children. No experience is necessary. However, if you are a therapist would like to qualify as a Story Massage Instructor and run Story Massage group sessions after taking the course then some pre-requisites apply. You can find more information here: FAQ about Story Massage. Or do please contact us for more information on this. Contact Mary and Sandra.


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