Interested in online training in the Story Massage Programme but would you like know a bit more? Here are answers to some of your frequently asked questions (FAQ).
Where is the Story Massage Programme being used?
The programme is enjoyed by children and adults in a whole variety of settings. (Please note that the Story Massage strokes can be used as self-massage on hands and arms so it complies with social distancing measures).
- In nurseries, schools, special schools, afterschool clubs, youth groups, infant massage and yoga classes
- In hospices, hospitals and care homes
- For people with dementia
- For children with special physical, emotional or educational needs
- In art, drama, music and language classes (ideal for teaching a foreign language to children)
- With adoptive and foster parents
- In the family home
- As part of relaxation and well-being programmes for children and adults
** Take a look at our YouTube Channel and Vimeo Channel to see videos of the Story Massage Programme in action in different settings. This may also answer some of your frequently asked questions (FAQ).**
What does Story Massage Online training involve?
Ten simple massage strokes form the basis of the Story Massage Programme. These simple strokes are easy and enjoyable to learn. You will learn the strokes and how to adapt familiar stories and even create some massage stories of your own. This will help build your confidence with using the Story Massage Programme in the way that most suits you.
Story Massage strokes are given through clothes, and can be adapted for use on back, arms, head, shoulders, arms, feet, hands, legs when appropriate and acceptable for individuals.
To book your training please follow this link and choose Option 1 or Option 2: Story Massage Online Training. If you have any further questions then just email us on email@example.com. We look forward to welcoming you to our community.
Who can benefit from Story Massage training?
Everyone can benefit from our online training course. It is ideal to add to your work as a therapist, teacher, teaching assistant, physiotherapist, play or arts therapist, Relax Kids coach, care worker, relaxation and well-being coach, dementia therapist. Or any other occupation where the Story Massage Programme could bring benefits to children and adults. It is also wonderful for parents, grandparents, adoptive and foster parents wishing to bring creative, positive touch activities into the family home.
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 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 online courses is approved for CPD points by the FHT (Federation of Holistic Therapists).
Can I run group sessions after the training?
This depends on your current job, experience and qualifications. If you are an independent practitioner and wish to gain insurance to run Story Massage groups such as Baby Story Massage Groups, Library sessions, family groups or peer massage sessions in schools you will need to be qualified as a Story Massage Instructor.
In order to receive this certificate you will need to have a current qualification that includes a component with training on peer massage and/or how to instruct parents and carers on how to apply a bodywork therapy to babies, toddlers or children for the purposes of relaxation. Some of the recognised qualifications that fulfil the criteria are below, but do contact us as more are being added all the time:
- MISP (Massage in Schools Programme), Impact (Kind Hands)
- Relax Kids
- 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
To become a Story Massage Instructor, we ask you to send us a short video once you have completed the course. This is discussed on the course. We make a small charge of £25 to cover the administration. More information here: Becoming a Story Massage Instructor.
Are there any on-going charges or requirements to use Story Massage?
No. Once you have completed the course then you can use Story Massage within your work or at home at no further cost. You may wish to purchase some of our resources (Book, DVD, Stickers, Wallcharts and Lanyards) but this is not obligatory. However, we do ask you to work within the guidelines of respectful and positive touch discussed on the course. You can read these guidelines here: Story Massage Programme Guidelines for Trained Practitioners.
We offer free on-going support after your training through our social media platforms, regular newsletter and Facebook Community Page for people who have trained with us.
How can I find out more and book the Online Course?
Easy! Just follow this link for all the information and pay via PayPal for Option 1 or Option 2: Story Massage Online Training. If you have any further questions then just email us on firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to welcoming you to our community.
Frequently Asked Questions: What do others say about the Story Massage Programme?
“The benefits of positive touch activities through the Story Massage Programme have been amazing. It is one of the best trainings. The programme is an invaluable tool, quite literally at your fingertips, that can bring so many benefits for children. It gives children an opportunity to show they care for each other and to work on their co-operation skills which for many children in the nurture room can be very difficult.” Charlene Craig, Nurture Teacher, Quarry Brae Primary School, Glasgow.
“I completed the training course in February, and I’ve been using the Story Massage Programme weekly in my sessions ever since. The online course is very comprehensive and easy to follow. Post training support is excellent both with the Facebook forum and online classroom. And answering all those frequently asked questions. I would fully recommend it.” Ann de Young, Relax Kids Coach
“I’m so pleased that I took the course as it has helped expand my business. The Story Massage Programme is the perfect follow-on to my baby massage classes. Mums so often want to keep going with the classes and this works really well for all the family. I love to see how the babies, especially the more active ones who are usually busy rolling and moving, suddenly stop still, look at their Mum, and start to sing back or settle and become relaxed; happy to be given a massage story. They clearly enjoy the mix of songs, stories and positive touch. Tracey Allport, Occupational Therapist and Baby Massage Instructor