online training

The Story Massage Programme online course offers you the flexibility to study from home at a time and a pace to suit you. The online training covers the same material as the face-to-face course and your tutors are Mary Atkinson and Sandra Hooper, co-founders of the Story Massage Programme.

 


Who can take the training?

How much does it cost?

Is there a discount for group bookings?

How long does it take?

What does the training cover?

What support is offered?

How is the training assessed and recognised?

Do I need a Story Massage Instructor certificate?


Who can take the Story Massage online training?

The online course is open to everyone with an interest in sharing positive touch activities with children and adults of all ages and abilities. Students include parents, teachers, complementary therapists, care workers. SEN staff, baby massage instructors, Relax Kids coaches and health care professionals. It is helpful for those wishing to use the Story Massage Programme at home or work, or both!

If you are an independent practitioner, please do check with your insurance company or contact us on info@storymassage.co.uk to check the course meets your requirements.

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How much does it cost?

Our Story Massage book (Once Upon a Touch… Story Massage for Children) is required reading for the course. We know that some of you have the book already so we have two price options. We also have a special offer for bookings of over 10 people. See below.

Option 1 – with the book – £134 (UK and Eire Customers only)

In this option, the course includes Story Massage stickers and a copy of the book.

  1. Please click on the icon above to book your place via PayPal. Or email info@storymassage.co.uk if you require an invoice.
  2. We will use the email and address on your PayPal account unless you advise us otherwise.
  3. Your PayPal receipt is proof of purchase.
  4. You do not get an automated response as you will have a personal access code for the course.
  5. We will email your personal access code and instructions for joining within 24 hours.
  6. We will send your book and stickers within seven days of purchase (if you live in the UK or Eire).

+++  Please note – The Story Massage Office is closed from Friday 23rd April to Saturday 1st May 2021. No orders for online courses can be processed during this time. +++


Option 2 – without the book – £115

Choose this option:
  • If you already have the book
  • Or you live outside the UK or Eire

The cost of the online course is only £115 as the cost of the book and stickers (optional) is covered by you. Please click on the icon above to book your place via PayPal. Or email info@storymassage.co.uk if you requite an invoice.

  1. We will use the email and address on your PayPal account unless you advise us otherwise.
  2. Your PayPal receipt is proof of purchase.
  3. You do not get an automated response as you will have a personal access code for the course.
  4. We will email your personal access code and instructions for joining within 24 hours.

If you wish to convert this value into your local currency, please use this Currency Converter.

Buying the Story Massage book:

Once upon a touch…story massage for children can be bought as an Ebook from the following:

For more information on retailers in your particular territory please contact the publishers directly: Singing Dragon UK (all countries excluding Australia and New Zealand) or Singing Dragon (Australia and New Zealand).

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Is there a discount for group bookings?

We have a special offer for bookings of over 10 people. Book 10 places and we will give you an additional place for FREE. So that’s 11 courses for the price of 10.

You can read how the online training worked very successfully for groups of staff here: In-House Training with the Online Course at Beatlie School Campus.

Please email info@storymassage.co.uk to discuss this option.

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How long does it take?

You can start at any time to suit you. It takes around 12-18 hours of study but you can do this at your own pace. You have full access to the online course materials for 6 months. This starts from the date you log on to the course, not the date you book the course. And we know that things can get in the away, so we offer an extension of 6 months for a fee of £25. Simply email us on info@storymassage.co.uk and we can sort this out for you.

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What does the course cover?

There are five modules to complete. These modules are carefully designed to take you through the course with a step-by-step approach to help build your confidence.

Module 1 introduces the Story Massage Programme and explores the importance of positive touch activities for all ages and abilities. You will look at the many benefits of the programme and how it is being used in different contexts.

Module 2 has video demonstrations of the ten Story Massage strokes. You will learn their names and symbols and begin to understand how they can be used to illustrate words in a massage story. During the module you will also explore how strokes can be adapted for those with additional needs.

Module 3 introduces some of the basic guidelines for using the Story Massage Programme in a respectful way for different age groups. You will learn how to share a massage story and pick up some valuable tips and ideas.

Module 4 shows you how to adapt a familiar story or nursery rhyme as a massage story. You will explore the process of matching strokes to words. You will be encouraged to begin to write your own massage stories with plenty of prompts and support.

Module 5 helps you reflect on your course experience and invites you to think of ways that you will be using the Story Massage Programme to suit you and those you are sharing it with. You will also be introduced to easy-to-make resources for presenting and sharing massage stories.

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What support is offered during the online course?

  • Live support and virtual classroom –  there are opportunities to ask questions by email or our virtual classroom sessions. You’ll also find lots of ideas and support from videos, Facebook and regular newsletters.
  • Six months access to Course 
  • Free book and stickers – Option 1 includes a copy of Once Upon a Touch …Story Massage for Children by Mary Atkinson and Sandra Hooper plus some Story Massage stickers for creating your own massage stories.
  • Downloadable resources– practical and easy-to-use answer sheets to help you review and reflect on your learning during the course.
  • Technical support– if you need some extra help getting started or using the Story Massage online course, we have experts to help you.
  • No special software required! – The videos and audios (mp3s) will play on the software on your computer or electronic device – you will access it via the internet.
  • Certificate of Completion – at the end of the online course you will receive an email containing your certificate of completion. This course is for Continuing Professional Development. If you would like qualify as a Story Massage Instructor, please see the information below.

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How is this course assessed and recognised?

There are simple interactive self-assessments throughout the Story Massage online training (see below). At the end of Module 5 you will also be asked to complete three questions about the course and submit with an example of a massage story that you have adapted or created.

The Story Massage online training is approved for CPD points by The Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT). We will issue you with a certificate of completion which can count towards your CPD (Continuous Professional Development).  You may wish to confirm with your insurer/employer that they will accept this course to use within your work.

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Do I need a Story Massage Instructor certificate?

Are you currently an independent practitioner working with babies or children – such as a Baby or Infant Massage or Yoga Instructor or a Relax Kids Coach? You may choose to qualify as a Story Massage Instructor in order to gain insurance to run your own groups such as Baby Story Massage groups or independent sessions in schools. (Please note: an Instructor Certificate does not qualify you to train others to use the Story Massage Programme in their work/business. There are only two trainers – Mary Atkinson and Sandra Hooper co-founders of the programme).

If you would like to become a Story Massage Instructor there is a small fee of £25 for the administration. Once you have completed the course and assessment questions, we ask you to send us a video to show that you are demonstrating the strokes correctly. Here is an example of a video sent by a successful student. We will check your video and offer helpful feedback. We will then issue you with a Story Massage Instructor certificate.

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Do you have questions about the course?

If you have any specific questions about the online training course or gaining insurance then please contact info@storymassage.co.uk. We want to make the course as easy and accessible as possible for everyone. It is fun and practical, just like the Story Massage Programme! We really look forward to working with you.