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Closing the bones and Postnatal Recovery Massage

A healing and nurturing postpartum ritual

I learnt the closing the bones massage, a traditional Ecuadorian postnatal massage from Dr Rocio Alarcon back in 2013.

Since then I have seen for myself how wonderfully healing and nurturing this massage is, and trained several hundred birthworkers in offering it too.

On the request of therapists and people who found it difficult to work on the floor, I also developed a new massage table technique with Cambridge Osteopath Teddy Brookes, which is inspired by closing the bones. This technique is called the Postnatal Recovery Massage, and is done on a massage table instead of on a mat on the floor.


When we grow and birth a baby, we change and open in every sense of the way. Physically, energetically, emotionally.

Since learning the Ecuadorian closing the bones, I have come to realise that every culture in the world has some form of bodywork designed to close a new mother and return her to her center.

Beyond the physical aspect of these rituals, there is a spiritual aspect to the massage, which provide a safe space/ritual for the mother to feel nurtured and release emotions associated with the birth and motherhood.

Having experienced the massage myself and given it to hundreds of to new and not so new mothers, I have both experienced and witness how powerful this ritual can be in releasing birth emotions, even many years after the birth itself.

It is a time out for the mother; a time to have a silent communion with herself and reflect on her journey to motherhood and to feel the loving hands of another woman nurturing her.


We now have a website called which is entirely dedicated to closing the bones and the postnatal recovery massage. You can also read more testimonials here

What I offer

I am delighted to offer 2 different nurturing massages to new or no-so new mothers. I offer the traditional Closing the bones massage, which is done on a mat on the floor, and the massage table inspired version, called Postnatal Recovery Massage.

You can choose to have the massage either with myself (£85) or jointly with another doula (£150). There is something quite special in having two experienced mothers nurturing a new mother, as well as helpful arms to hold a baby if needed.

What happens during this treatment? I can talk to you in advance to make sure it is tailored to your needs. The treatment involves lying on a comfortable mat on the floor or a massage table, having your pelvis rocked with a traditional Mexican rebozo shawl, a massage of the abdomen, chest and arms with a special warming oil, more rebozo rocking, and wrapping you from head to toe with different rebozos, and letting you relax whilst I read you a poem/sing/sound bathe you with my drum. I can add Reiki to the treatment too. After it is finished I let you rest for a while, then there is some time for you to talk about how it felt if you wish.

The treatment lasts 2h from start to finish. You can read what typically happens during a closing the bones massage here

There is also the option for you to have a rebozo to keep after the massage (I will use this rebozo to massage and bind you, therefore it will be special and a lovely memento of the session and you can use it to wrap your hips again afterwards). The cost of the rebozo is £30.

If you have already booked me as your birth or postnatal doula, then I offer this massage at a lower price (£60) as part of a postnatal care package.

The massage is even more beneficial if done several times so I offer a buy 2 get one half price package-get in touch for this.

I can offer this massage as part of a group ceremony, the price for this starts at £150 which includes one hour of preparation work and the ceremony itself with a group of your choice, get in touch if you would like to know more.

I know from experience that new mothers benefit hugely from this nurturing ritual, however our culture seems to only provide gifts to the baby, not the mother, so I would love for others to buy the massage for new mothers as a gift. I will happily provide a custom made voucher for this,

Travel expenses 30p per mile over a 5 miles radius

Get in touch to arrange a session

Comments from Closing the Bones clients


My closing the bones experience was beautiful and very special. Not only from the physical point of view but also emotionally. It was the first time since my baby was born that I have a “me” moment. Sophie and Maddie are amazing, every touch, every massage was very gentle and deep at the same time.…

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It was a wonderfully relaxing experience and I felt very comforted and calm afterwards. But it was the day after I noticed the benefits even more so. Prior to the massage I was getting up from sitting on the sofa or a chair with my legs wide in the same way I would as if…

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Thanks to Sophie, I was the recipient of a beautiful, calming and incredibly nurturing Closing the Bones ceremony at five days postpartum. My instinct after my daughter’s birth was to hunker down and pour my energy into caring for her. The massage, reiki, and rebozo wraps not only felt absolutely amazing, they also helped remind…

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Sophie performed a closing the bones massage 2 1/2 weeks after the birth of my 2nd son. Sophie took time to explain the massage and made me feel completely at ease. She carefully arranged the room and made it feel like a cosy space with beautiful aromatherapy oils and calming music.  The massage felt incredibly calming…

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