Story Massage Training


Accredited Day Course with Mary Atkinson and Sandra Hooper

co-authors of book, eBook and DVD

Once upon a touch… story massage for children

Date: Thursday 9th November 2017

Time: 10.00 – 16.00

Course Fee: £135 (includes manual and certificate)

Venue: With Kids Glasgow, 15 Annfield Pl, Glasgow G31 2XE (

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Trainers: Mary and Sandra are both experienced massage therapists with a wealth of experience in using positive touch activities in the home, school and community.

Who can attend the course: The day is open to adults who have an interest in sharing positive touch with children and adults. Attendees include therapists, teachers, teaching assistants, care workers, other health professionals, parents and grandparents.

Course content: Ten simple massage strokes form the basis of the story massage training, book and DVD. Each of these strokes has an accompanying symbol so that they are internationally recognizable. The strokes and symbols provide a structure that enables you to share Story Massage with children of all ages and abilities.

You will learn these strokes and symbols and then we will work together to adapt familiar stories using these ten simple strokes. We will also spend time creating our own massage stories with these strokes and symbols. This will help build your confidence with using Story Massage in the way that most suits you. During the day will be opportunities to ask questions and share ideas.

Some Applications for Story Massage

  • In nurseries, schools, special schools, nurture groups, afterschool clubs, youth groups, infant massage and yoga classes
  • In hospices, hospitals and care homes (can be used for people with dementia)
  • For children with special physical, emotional or educational needs
  • As an addition to your work as an OT or Physiotherapist
  • In the family home

Some feedback

Enthusiastic and passionate trainers who brings her varying experiences to the course. Wonderful, hands-on, interactive training that has added a new dimension to my infant massage courses.

Natalie Leunder, Infant Massage and 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.

We have been using Story Massage with our nurture groups. One of our nurture pupils gave another a story massage when he was finding it tricky to join in this morning. Mrs Monteith,

Nurture Teacher at Thorntree Primary School

I loved your course, it ticks so many boxes and I've thoroughly enjoyed using your techniques. I work with Additional Needs and challenging behaviour and so find that the combination of a story and the massage techniques are very effective. By using story massage, challenging behaviour can be addressed through the distraction of creativity and use of the child's imagination. Katrina Payne, Sensory Therapist.

Story Massage empowers parents giving them a tool they can use to interact with their children in a calm non-threatening way. It is also a way for parents to spend one to one time with their child thus reinforcing the bond between parent and child.

Andrea Bilbow OBE Chief Executive ADDISS  (The National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service.)

“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. The feedback from all the school staff who attended the course was excellent. We are now delivering story massage sessions across the school on a daily or weekly basis.” 

Lisa Lawrence, Sensory Co-ordinator, Ysgol Y Deri Special School, Penarth.

The course was everything I wanted and more! Your delivery was superb, encouraging us all in every way. You have developed a lovely healing experience for children of all ages and levels of understanding.

Caroline Prudames, Holistic therapist

Reuben was anxious about starting school and couldn’t sleep, so my therapist suggested trying a story massage. It really helped him settle. Thank you so much.

Catriona Plunkett, Mum 

Contact Info

contact us

With Kids are based in both Glasgow and Edinburgh. Please use our contact form to get in touch.



With Kids Glasgow,
15 Annfield Place,
Glasgow, G31 2XE
Tel: 0141 550 5770


With Kids Edinburgh,
1 Hailesland Road,
Edinburgh, EH14 2QS
Tel: 0131 453 6937