How did we develop the Postnatal Recovery Massage?
Sophie learnt the closing the bones massage, a postnatal ritual from Ecuador, in 2013, and has been offering it to her clients and teaching it since 2014. Together with fellow doula Maddie McMahon, she has trained over 400 people in offering this massage.
Sophie and Teddy met in 2014, and Teddy provided the anatomical and physiological effects of the techniques for the closing the bones handout.
Closing the bones is done on a mat on the floor. Some of the trainees asked Sophie if it would be possible to provide a massage table version of closing the bones, because they knee or bad backs made working on the floor challenging for them, or because, as massage therapists, packing away their massage tables between clients wasn't feasible.
Sophie and Teddy started working on developing a massage table version of the technique in 2017. This took over 18 months to develop.
They ended up with a unique massage which is inspired from the original technique but is really quite different.
About the Workshop
During this one day workshop you will learn the background behind the technique and get to practise it in steps with plenty of practical support from Sophie and Teddy. There will be an extensive Q&A session after the practise, and we will show you how to make it into a ritual too.
If you’d like to enquire about attending the day, please contact me.
What makes this workshop unique?
This is a small group workshop limited to around 14 people so there is plenty of time for individual attention.
You will received a unique handout, which not only contains very detailed instructions of each massage stroke, and also a picture, video tutorial links and explanation of the effect of each technique on the body. You will also gain access to a secret Facebook group which has around 400 trained closing the bones practitioners-a brilliant space to share knowledge and learn from each other.
This workshop runs from 9h30 to 5h30. It cost £180 per person, and includes one year practitioner listing to the closingthebonesmassage.com website.
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Our Experience with the Postnatal Recovery Massage
Beyond the physical aspect of closing the bones, there is an emotional and 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 ourselves and given the massage to new and not so new mothers, we have both experienced and witnessed how powerful this ritual can be in releasing birth emotions, even many years after the birth itself.
Not just for new mothers
The main philosophy behind the Postnatal Recovery Massage is to restore and nurture a new mother and to help treat the changes and discomfort brought on through pregnancy.
Whilst these techniques are designed with new mother in mind, they are an effective and relaxing massage for any age, or gender, and we would like to encourage you to use them to for your friends and family as well as your clients.