Story Massage Training Day in Folkestone

Join us for a Story Massage training day in Folkestone. Open to everyone with an interest in sharing positive touch activities.  The Story Massage Programme is a fun and inclusive activity that is making a real difference to children and adults of all ages and abilities. 

Date: Thursday 4th June 2020

Time: 10.00 – 16.00 (please arrive in good time for a prompt start)

VenueCore Therapies College. Studio 4, 55-57, Tontine Street, Folkestone, Kent CT20 IJR.

Course Fee: £149

Open to everyone with an interest in positive touch for children and adults. Suitable for therapists, teachers, parents, grandparents and anyone wishing to introduce the benefits of positive and respectful touch. You can find more information about Story Massage training day on our FAQ page.

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Facilitators: Mary Atkinson and Sandra Hooper, co-founder of the Story Massage Programme, are both experienced massage therapists with a wealth of experience in using positive touch activities in the home, school and wider community.

Course content: Ten simple massage strokes form the basis of the Story Massage Programme, training and resources. 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 the Story Massage Programme in the way that most suits you. During the Story Massage training 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.

“This term I have incorporated the Story Massage Programme into my daily literacy session for young children with autism and complex needs. The impact on concentration and engagement has been incredible since day 1. One young man has always really struggled with story time before but has been asking for ‘more’ since I introduced story massage! Thank you so much for this gift. I highly recommend it for anyone.” Cesci Arocas White, Teacher at a Special School. 

Where can you use the Story Massage Programme?

  • 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 and music classes
  • In relaxation and well-being classes such as Relax Kids
  • For teaching languages

“The Story Massage Programme helps our adult students to differentiate between touch that feels safe and touch that doesn’t feel safe. They are empowered to make a choice and to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to touch. It reaches all learners on their own level and this is what makes it so inclusive. Some students enjoy the touch and some students can re-tell stories and therefore everyone is engaging at their own level.” Astrid Gilmartin, Life Skills Lecturer at Hertford Regional College.

“I shared the Story Massage ‘Ted Goes to Bed’ as part of my workshop with the women’s group yesterday, it was a big success! They couldn’t wait to try it on their children and there was a suggestion that I could return and do a similar workshop for Dads, then they could take part too. I love having this as an extra technique to offer.” Mary McConnell, Playgroup and Toddler Group Leader

“I work with groups of teenagers who present as angry and uncooperative at the first session. As soon as we start doing massage to favourite pop songs, they begin to engage. After six weeks, the change can be amazing, and they enjoy giving and receiving positive touch.” Mandy Worsley, Relax Kids Coach.

“We love the Story Massage Programme! 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 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, Ysgol Y Deri Special School, Penarth.

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