Story Massage Training – Portlaoise, Eire

Discover the powerful combination of storytelling with simple massage techniques with our Story Massage Training – Portlaoise, Eire. The accredited day course is suitable for everyone interested in positive touch activities for children and adults.

Date: Wednesday 12th June 2019

Time: 10.00 – 16.00

Venue: Golden Egg Holistic, Glenfield, Portlaoise, Co. Laois, Ireland

Course Fee: €170 (includes handouts, certificate and light refreshments).

To book your place: For a booking form, payment options and more details please contact the Story Massage team on

‘The 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

“What an amazing training day! 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.


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

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, teaching assistants, SEN staff, care workers, Relax Kids coaches, MISP instructors, baby massage instructors, parents, grandparents and anyone wishing to introduce the benefits of positive touch. Story Massage 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

Story Massage Testimonials

“Enthusiastic and passionate trainers who bring their varying experiences to the course. Wonderful, hands-on, interactive training that will add a new dimension to my baby massage courses.” Natalie Leunder, Baby Massage and Baby Yoga instructor.

“Fantastic. Highly recommended. A training day that can really be used on a day to day basis and adapted appropriately for each child.” Anne Steven, Rachel House Children’s Hospice, Glasgow.

“I trained in Story Massage 10 months ago and have been using it most nights with my daughter who absolutely loves it. Last night she asked me “do you think everyone gets a Story Massage at bedtime?” Kath Routledge, RelaxKids Coach

” I went on the Story Massage course in Brighton in December. 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. 

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To book your place on a Story Massage Training – Portlaoise, Eire, please contact the Story Massage team on


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