Story Massage Training Day In Manchester

Discover the powerful combination of storytelling with simple massage techniques on this FHT Accredited Day Course in MANCHESTER on Thursday 23rd April 2020. Open to everyone with an interest in sharing positive touch activities with children and adults at work or home. 

Date: Thursday 23rd April 2020

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

For a booking form, payment options and more details please contact the Story Massage team:

Venue: Methodist Central Buildings, Oldham Street, Manchester M1 1JQ.

Course Fee: £149

Open: to everyone with an interest in positive touch for children and adults. Suitable for therapists, teachers, care workers, parents, grandparents – and all those who wish to introduce the benefits of positive and respectful touch at work or home. You can find more information about the training day in Manchester on our FAQ page.


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 the Story Massage Programme. 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 at home or work. This will help build your confidence with using the Story Massage Programme 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.

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

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 (ideal 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


“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

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.

“The Story Massage Programme has made a real difference in our nurture groups. Sharing massage stories has been beneficial for those pupils who find it difficult to establish relationships with each other. Pupils find it helps with relaxation, well-being and regulating emotions. They have started to ask for massage stories as they know it will help them calm down.” Jennifer Monteith, Nurture Co-ordinator, Thorntree Primary School, Glasgow.


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