Story Massage Training

Do you want to learn how to share Story Massage with Children?

At Connected Kids, we are delighted to have formed a collaboration with the team from Story Massage to complement our work helping children improve their health and well-being.

Story Massage is easy to learn and involves the use of simple movements (children are clothed), linked to words that help tell a story.   Story Massage has a flexible approach as it can be shared as a child to child or parent to child activity.

At present it is used worldwide in a variety of settings including home, school, after-school clubs, family centres, hospices and special schools.

Story Massage Level 1 – Accredited Online Course

The course has been taught worldwide, but now you can learn at a time and place to suit you through our online learning course.

This easy-to-use, interactive online course will give you the support and experience you need to help you share Story Massage with children of all ages and abilities.

The course is a collaboration between Connected Kids and the co-founders of Story Massage, Mary Atkinson and Sandra Hooper, authors of the popular book Once upon a touch… story massage for children (the book comes as part of the course).

You will be guided through easy-to- use modules, self-directed practical exercises, video and audio clips and downloadable resources to help you develop Story Massage activities for children.story massage for children online course buy now button

“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 Learning Leader 

“There is a depth to the Story Massage that connects the story with creating images and also, your own reality, experience and emotions.” Danielle O’Reilly, Children’s Nurse and Forest School Leader

Sandra and Mary will show you how to help children feel calmer and more focused, and encourage better communication and engagement. Plus, you will learn more about how to adapt Story Massage for children with additional needs.

It’s a self-directed, interactive course that you can begin at a time to suit you.

Who is the Story Massage online course for?

  • parents
  • teachers
  • SEN staff
  • complementary therapists
  • carers
  • health care professionals including play therapists,
  • physiotherapists, occupational therapists, educational psychotherapists
  • or anyone working with children,

(Suitable for any level of experience – beginner to advanced.)

“Story Massage is simple but extremely effective. The ability to have ten strokes to cover so many objects, feelings and actions allows me to see how it can be used in a variety of settings.” Carla Malkett, Rachel House Children’s Hospice, Glasgow.

“Reuben was a bit anxious about starting school and couldn’t sleep, so I decided to try a story massage. It really helped him settle. He likes to choose a theme for a massage and then I make up the story and use corresponding strokes. It has become a lovely part of our bedtime routine. He asks for it at other times too! We both look forward to it as a special time together.” Catriona Plunkett, Mum and Infant Massage Instructor

The online course (approx. 12 to 18 hours of study) includes everything which Mary and Sandra cover in their face-to-face Story Massage course. It includes a copy of Once upon a touch…story massage for children by Mary Atkinson and Sandra Hooper.

The course includes 5 easy-to-use modules.

  • Module 1 – Getting started with Story Massagestory massage for children online course buy now button
  • Module 2 – The ten Story Massage strokes
  • Module 3 – Developing your Story Massage skills
  • Module 4 – Adapting and creating massage stories
  • Module 5 – Making Story Massage work for you

 “The online course is very supportive, practical and easy to
use. All the important factors are repeated which helps learning. I loved using the stickers and creating my own stories. I was amazed at how the ten strokes can be used in so many different ways. The sky’s the limit!” Emma-Jayne Beattie, Holistic Therapist at Tranquility Toes Reflexology.

“It is a lovely course. So well set up.  Really enjoyed it so far.” Rowena, Belgium

What you will learn on the Story Massage Course

  • Understand the importance of positive and respectful touch for children.
  • Discover the emotional, social, physical and educational benefits of Story Massage for children.
  • Discover how Story Massage can help children with additional needs.
  • Understand what Story Massage is and the most appropriate stories to share with children of different ages and abilities.
  • Learn our ten basic Story Massage Strokes with their names and symbols. This helps to create a universal language within our Story Massage community.
  • Learn how to introduce Story Massage to children.
  • Understand how to use our Story Massage strokes to adapt familiar stories, songs and nursery rhymes.
  • Gain confidence in how to create Story Massage activities for children.
  • Learn how to encourage children to create their own massage stories.


Benefits of the Online Version of Story Massage

  •  Flexible – start and finish the course at your own pace in the comfort of your own home. You will have full access to the online course materials for 6 months (extensions are available).
  • Expert advice – enjoy video clips of the authors and experts, Sandra Hooper and Mary Atkinson, sharing useful tips to help you share Story Massage with children.
  • Practical  Mary and Sandra describe how Story Massage can be shared with children of all ages and abilities.
  • On-going support – ongoing support through email, You Tube and newsletters.
  • Free book – it includes a copy of Once upon a touch…story massage for children by Mary Atkinson and Sandra Hooper
  • Free stickers and template – to encourage you to start sharing Story Massage with children.
  • 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.
  • Easy-to-use – no special software required! – The videos and Story Massage activities (mp3s) will play on your current pc software – you will access it via the internet.
  • Live supportall through the course, there are opportunities to ask questions by email, via our online discussion forum or our virtual classroom sessions.
  • Certificate of Completionat the end of the online course you will receive an email containing your certificate of completion.


“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

“My seven year-old daughter was devastated by the loss of her grandmother. I wrote a Story Massage to help her cope and it has really helped.  I love that you don’t have to follow a script. I make stories that are linked to what is bothering her at time – and it is always so relaxing and calming for her.”  Kath Routledge, Mum and Relax Kids Coach

 We are using story massage in a lot of classes at our school. It is a brilliant addition to any school environment as it is so flexible, simple and requires little preparation. It is an excellent way for children to bond and develop their self-esteem. It is calming and relaxing, a way of exploring touch, but most of all, great fun!” Learning Mentor, Kingsmead School, Hackney, London


How is the Story Massage qualification recognised?

The Story Massage online course is perfect if you wish to share the benefits of Story Massage with your own children. If you are already working with children, we can issue you with a certificate of completion which can count towards your CPD (continuous professional development).  The course is approved for CPD points by The Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT).

You may wish to confirm with your insurer/employer that they will accept this course.  A certificate will be sent to you on completion of the course.

I wouldn’t usually enrol on an online training as I prefer face-to-face learning, but I found the course was easy, informative and made me want to progress to finish. It has shown me the importance of giving children some attention time and to listen to their worries. I am using Story Massage with my granddaughter at present and she is sleeping so much better. But I can also see the potential benefits for play schools, libraries and NCT groups.” Jacqui Torah, Reflexologist and Baby Reflexology Instructor 

Ready to take the Story Massage online course?

The course has 12 – 18 hours worth of material and there are two options to purchase.

Option 1 – with the book (UK Customers only)

In this option, the course costs £134 and includes Story Massage stickers and a copy of the
book – Once upon a touch … story massage for children. The book is required reading for the course and will be sent out within 7 days of your purchase (if you live in the UK).

If you are based outside the UK and don’t have the book, Option 2 is better.

Option 2 – without the book

Suits you if….story massage for children online course buy now button

  • You already have the book
  • Or you live outside the UK

The cost of the online course (no book or stickers) is only £115 (as the cost of the book and stickers is covered by you). You can find out more about Story Massage resources and order directly from the team at Story Massage – Resources >>>

(The book is also available as an  E-book >>>)

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 “I thoroughly enjoyed the online course as it explained everything in detail and it was easy to follow and understand what was required. There was a real bonus of having the video and audio links. This brought the learning alive and offered positive reinforcement throughout the course. Lots of opportunity for follow-up support too. Excellent course.” Clare Gibbons, Owner of Pohutukawa Kids, New Zealand.

Preview of the Story Massage course contents

Here’s a sample of the videos you will see on the Story Massage course


Online workbook

Easy-to-complete self-assessment questions – helping you understand what you have learned and put it into practice!.   

Downloadable resources

You will be able to download practical and accessible answer sheets to help you review and reflect on your learning during the course.

On-going support

You will have on-going support to help you keep up your Story Massage practice and full access to the online course materials for 6 months (extensions are available).story massage for children online course buy now button





The creation of this course has been inspired and informed by the work of Mary Atkinson or Sandra Hooper of Story Massage.   We help promote the course (we think it’s great) but the payment is processed via the Story Massage team.  Connected Kids Ltd promotes the online course on behalf of Story Massage .  Connected Kids accepts no responsibility for the content of the Story Massage course.  Please visit for their terms and conditions, privacy statement and disclaimer policy.

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