Story Massage (Positive touch therapy)

Story Massage involves the use of simple massage movements (through clothes), which are associated with spoken words to build up an engaging story. It is an easy and fun way of introducing the benefits of touch through a powerful combination of storytelling and simple massage strokes.

Stories are handed down from generation to generation and can be used as a valuable tool for education and therapeutic encounter. Often without even realising it, we think in the narrative and make sense of our world and our experiences through stories from a very young age. Combined with the benefits of positive touch, storytelling can present opportunities for creative learning, engagement and communication for people of all ages and abilities.

The Story Massage Programme is a set of 10 easy-to-follow massage strokes, each of which is accompanied by a symbol. These strokes can be used to represent a range of actions, objects and emotions when telling a story.