1. Introduction. 2. How to Use This Book. 3. Benefits of Story Massage for Children. 4. Suggested Guidelines. 5. The Ten Massage Strokes. 6. The Massage Stories. 7. Traditional Tales. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. Humpty Dumpty. Hickory Dickory Dock. Cinderella. Little Red Riding Hood. St George and the Dragon. 8. Seasonal Strokes. Tick Tock, Watch the Clock. Pancake Song. In the Springtime. Grandad Grows Potatoes. Remember, Remember the Fifth of November. Countdown to Christmas. 9. In Your Imagination. Can you Hear the Music? Ahoy There! Fun at the Fair. Kelly's Balloon Ride. Flash the Aeroplane. The Circus Comes to Town. 10. Adding a Personal Touch. Let's Bake a Birthday Cake. Freddie's Bathtime. Ben Goes on the Bus. Olly Goes Fishing. Alice Plays Football. Team Effort. 11. Hands-On Learning. Walking on the Moon. Great Fire of London. Deep in the Rainforest. Greek Myths. Winding Rivers. Growing Sunflowers. 12. Time for Talking. Animal Friends. A Safe Place. The Inquisitive Iguanodon. The Frightened Ghost. First Day at Forest School. Acknowledgements. About the Authors.
Encourage relaxation, boost general well-being and support communication and engagement with the Story Massage Programme.
Mary Atkinson, MA, PGCE, is an award-winning complementary
therapist and tutor, and author of four books on massage, including
Healing Touch for Children. Alongside Sandra Hooper, she
runs online training courses for individuals and organisations to
help develop skills and confidence in the use of the Story Massage
Programme. Mary lives in Chichester, UK.
Sandra Hooper, BEd (Hons), is an experienced primary school teacher, massage therapist and a respected international trainer on the Massage in Schools Programme (MISP). She runs online training courses on the Story Massage Programme alongside Mary Atkinson. Sandra lives in Brighton, UK.
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, UK
This beautiful technique is an easy to grasp concept that can be passed and shared with others very simply. It is going to be something that we can use all the time. -- Louise Anderson, Mum and Social Worker
I find the whole concept 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, UK
I would recommend this book to anyone who would like to help children learn to relax at home, school, nursery, play group, in groups or one to one. It introduces simple massage skills to promote relaxation and wellbeing. The stories help promote creativity, turn taking, empathy and self-esteem. Great concept, great book. -- Kay Locke, Yoga Therapist for Mental Health and Special Needs
The book is AMAZING! I love it! It's so easy to use as a teacher. -- Mary Spink, Drama Teacher, Massage in Schools Programme Instructor
The reach of positive touch never ceases to amaze me. All it takes are some bold and visionary advocates, in this case from the folks at Story Massage UK. This totally innovative program empowers children using structured touch for interpersonal skills development, confidence building and self-discovery. -- David Palmer, Founder and Executive Director of TouchPro International
I work in a special needs early years setting with children who
have profound and multiple learning disabilities and also some with
sensory processing disorders and some with challenging
We have trialled a few of your massage rhymes and stories. Some children showed real enjoyment and relaxed into the sessions, others stilled and briefly calmed down, others nuzzled into staff showing pleasure as they had their massage and some lifted up their tops by themselves during it to get skin on skin contact. For other children it was another alternative idea for them to get used to "touch" and they tolerated and preferred some strokes more than others, again, that is positive in itself. As it has been so successful we are now going to extend it into our timetable on a regular basis.