Story Massage Training at The Ecology Centre, Fife

We are delighted to be running a Story Massage training day at the beautiful Ecology Centre in Kinghorn, Fife on Monday 20th May or Tuesday 21st May 2019. We are running two days as this course is so popular. This FHT accredited CPD day course is open to everyone interested in sharing positive touch activities with children and adults of all ages and abilities. Do join us to learn an innovative and simple approach to sharing sensory activities. 

Date: Monday 20th May 2019 or Tuesday 21st May 2019.

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

Venue: The Ecology Centre, Kinghorn Loch, Kinghorn, Fife KY3 9YG.

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

To book your place: For a booking form, payment options and more details contact Mary Atkinson on

“Since training six months ago, Story Massage has become such an important part of everyday family life with our severely disabled daughter, Maisy and her sister, Poppy. Story Massage has also ignited that creative flare and confidence in helping others that I thought I had lost. I just can’t imagine our lives now without Story Massage. Thank you!”  Sophie Kidd-Munnery, Therapist and Mother 

“The effects of the Story Massage Programme have been astonishing; the children have been much more focused in class; they start the day relaxed, feeling positive and ready to learn. They have become more respectful of each other’s personal space. Some of the children have been doing Story Massage with their parents and siblings at home, which is a lovely bonding experience for them too.” Olivia Silver, Class Teacher, Kingsmead Primary School, North London

“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. The Story Massage Programme 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.


Facilitator: Mary Atkinson is an experienced massage therapist with a wealth of experience in using positive touch activities in the home, school and wider community. She is co-founder of the Story Programme Massage and co-author 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 the Story Massage Programme.

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

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.

The Story Massage Programme 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


Please email Mary Atkinson on for a booking form and payment options.

“The creative/literacy benefits for the children are limitless. We can easily link Story Massage into our topic and curriculum as a whole school approach. Giving a child the option to write a massage story also takes away any possible exclusion from the session if the child does not want to be touched either through peer massage or self-massage.” Hazel Cunningham, Relax Kids Coach and Independent Nurture Practitioner

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