Story Massage Training Day in South London

Join us for a Story Massage training day in South London on Wednesday 25th April 2018. Open to everyone with an interest in sharing positive touch activities.  Story Massage is a fun and inclusive activity that is making a real difference to children and adults of all ages and abilities. 

Date: Tuesday 30th April 2019

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

VenueJamyang Buddhist Centre, The Old Courthouse, 43, Renfrew Road, London SE11 4NA

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 the Story Massage training day on our FAQ page.

For a booking form, payment options and more details please contact Sandra and Mary on

Facilitators: Mary Atkinson and Sandra Hooper 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 our Story Massage course 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 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 story massage 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 Story Massage?

  • 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

“Reuben was a bit anxious about starting school and couldn’t sleep, so I decided to try a story massage. It really helped him settle. He likes to choose a theme for a massage and then I make up the story and use corresponding strokes. It has become a lovely part of our bedtime routine. He asks for it at other times too! We both look forward to it as a special time together.” Catriona Plunkett, Mum and Infant Massage Instructor

“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

“The Story Massage training course was everything I wanted and more! Your delivery was superb, encouraging us all in every way. It was so much more simple and effective than I had ever realised. You have developed a lovely healing experience for children of all ages and levels of understanding, thank you for passing on your ideas and skills”. Caroline Prudames, Holistic Therapist

“We love Story Massage! 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.

More Information about Story Massage Training Days

For more information about the Story Massage training day in South London or other courses around the UK please contact Sandra Hooper.

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