About Sophie Messager

Doula, Healer, Teacher,
Best Selling Author

My Story

Pregnancy and early parenthood are such an exciting time and you love nothing more than supporting expectant and new parents.

You want to learn everything there is to know to help support your clients.

You do worry about “getting it right”, though. There is so much to learn, so many skills, so many courses to do… Your friends are talking about this or that course – but what is it right for you?

Then I can help!

So what have I got to offer you?

Doing my training will leave you feeling more confident and competent, having developed not only new skills, but also more trust in your own abilities.

So how will I do that?

It breaks down into three areas: skills, intention, and trust in yourself. 

Skills and Intention

Skills

Skills are a huge part of the story. So all my trainings have a large chunk dedicated to practising practical skills, so you’ll leave confident that you can do what you have learnt.

But this isn’t enough. Learning a new skill is like learning to drive a car: you get your licence, sure, but you don’t really know how to drive the car until you get confident enough to drive without having to think about it all the time. So I’ll encourage you to practise, and because I know we cannot remember every single detail of every technique, all my trainings come with a substantial handout pack, with pictures and video links, so you can refresh your memory and practise your new skills whenever you feel the need. You also gain access to a closed Facebook group to ask questions and exchange knowledge with others who have done the training.

The way I pass on skills is quite unique, because  of my background and experience, I bring a blend scientific and traditional knowledge to everything I create.

For example, the closing the bones and rebozo workshop techniques have all been validated by an osteopath, which means that you’ll know what they do on the various joints and organs, as well as what they do energetically.

 

Intention

I cannot stress enough how important this is. We talk about it at great length during my trainings. What is your intention before you start working with someone? What do you want them to get out of the treatment/support? You need to be very clear about that, because focusing your attention on people to feel your love, your support, changes everything. We discuss examples of this in the workshops, and as well as practical skills, we also practise real-life situations as role play to make sure you know how to go forward when facing tricky situations, and how to always support your clients mindfully.

Parts of the trainings also involve a deeply healing element – it’s difficult to express in words because it is often something people don’t “get” until they have experienced it for themselves (a bit like being doulaed!) – but my goal is for you to experience the same experience that your client will get when you treat/support them.

Trust in yourself

I’m just here to help facilitate your growth. I’m no guru, and I don’t pretend to have all the answers. I’m on the journey myself, and there will always be people who know more and people who know less than we do.

I want you to be able to trust yourself and develop your own skills, in a way that feels right for you. So at the heart of all my teachings, whether online courses or face to face workshops, is the idea that there is no “one size fits all”, that nothing is prescriptive, that you need to tune into your client, and that you need to develop the techniques to make them your own, to really own them and develop your own unique style of teaching, treating and supporting. So much of the workshops is geared towards being able to facilitate and support in a way that we feel comfortable with. It is subtly woven into every aspect of the facilitation.

We discuss this at length during each teaching, and you will also have access to a whole community of supportive, like-minded people once you have completed training with me.

Developing your intuition is also part of this self-trust development process, and the workshops are also designed to encourage you to develop this aspect further.

If this resonates with you, if developing your skills with a blend of science and spiritual stuff appeals to you, then I’d love to hear from you. ?

My background

I left my native France in 1997 to pursue my career as a biology research scientist. I never expected to stay in the UK this long, but I got offered a job then I met my husband, Chi. We moved to Cambridge in 2001, got married, and had two children. Their births (both positive experiences supported by a doula), changed my direction completely, so after much soul searching and retraining, I left my scientific career behind to dedicate myself to my new passion, which is supporting expectant families and birth and perinatal professionals.

I’ve experienced tremendous amounts of personal growth since I became an antenatal educator and a doula, and I was lucky to meet some awesome mentors along the way and I want to “pay it forward”.

I’ve been working in this field since 2010 and I have supported over a thousand families in these various capacities, and trained well over 1000 birthworkers in various workshops and online trainings. I am also a doula mentor, and taught doula preparation courses in 2018 and 2019.

Apart from my PhD and doula training, I also have a degree in antenatal education, and I taught NCT classes for 6 years. I am a babywearing instructor and a Reiki and Reiki Drum teacher.

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