Story Massage Training Day in Chichester

We are delighted to be running a Story Massage training day in Birdham, Chichester on Tuesday 4th June 2019. The FHT accredited CPD day course is open to everyone interested in positive touch for children and adults of all ages and abilities. Do join us to learn an innovative and simple approach to sharing sensory activities. 

Date: Tuesday 4th June 2019

Time: 9.45 (for a prompt start at 10.00) – 16.00

Venue: Eleuthera Studio, Birdham, Chichester, West Sussex.

Course Fee: £149 (includes handouts, certificate and light refreshments)

To book your place: For a booking form, payment options and more details of our training day in Chichester please contact the Story Massage team on


I have just completed my Story Massage training, wow, really love this training so easy to fit into my Relax Kids Classes and my Sleep Practice too. What I love most is my 4 year old and 7 year old have absolutely taken to it. I like how I can incorporate this into bedtime routines to help children feel safe at bedtime/in the night and look forward to rolling it out as part of my bedtime toolkit. I would recommend this for parents, schools, toddler groups and parenting classes either as a lead doing the training or hiring in an instructor. Nadia Edwards, Sleep Consultant, Relax Kids Coach and Mum.

“Thank you so much for such a wonderful day – I’ve just done my first Story Massage with a group of teenage learners. They loved it! One came right down from being heightened to being completely calm. It was like magic!”  SEND Teacher.

“What an amazing training day! It is very rare to find an activity, which can engage all learners no matter what their special needs, age or disabilities. Mary and Sandra are very 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, Sensory Co-ordinator.


Facilitators: Mary Atkinson and Sandra Hooper are experienced massage therapists with a wealth of experience in using positive touch activities in the home, school and wider community. Mary Atkinson lives and practices in Chichester. They are co-authors of the popular Story Massage book and DVD Once Upon a Touch…Story Massage for Children. 

Course content: Ten simple massage strokes form the basis of our Story Massage Training and book. You will learn these strokes and then we will work together to adapt familiar stories or even create some massage stories of your own to use in the home, school, or as part of your work. This will help build your confidence with using Story Massage in the way that most suits you. During the day there will be opportunities to ask questions and share ideas with others. It is fun and interactive, just like Story Massage.

Practicalities: You do not need to bring anything except a pen and paper.

“Don’t know what I did before I used it. Very effective and the children in my clasess prefer it to any other intervention. I love making the stories to suit the needs of the child or the theme and adore delivering it. Thank you both for this wonderful resource.” Karen Horner, Autism Specialist Teacher. 


Where can you use Story Massage?

The course is open to everyone with an interest in positive touch activities for children and adults. Suitable for therapists, teachers, special needs teachers, teaching assistants, care workers, parents, grandparents and anyone wishing to introduce the benefits of positive touch. Story Massage is a wonderful extension of your current work, and depending on your qualifications and experience, it can be used:

  • In nurseries, schools, special schools, afterschool clubs, youth groups
  • In baby and infant massage or reflexology classes
  • In hospices, hospitals and care homes (can be used for people with dementia)
  • For children with special physical, emotional or educational needs
  • With adoptive and foster parents
  • In the family home
  • In art, drama, music and yoga classes
  • For teaching languages

“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.

Can’t make this date?

For dates and venues for other Story Massage Training days please visit : Story Massage Courses. We also run a very popular online training course.


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