This workshop is taught jointly by doula and healer Sophie Messager and osteopath Teddy Brookes
Are you a doula, a birthworker, a therapist or teacher who supports new mothers?
Would you like to be able to give your clients a gentle, effective, nurturing treatment and ritual to nourish, support and comfort them after birth?
Inspired by a traditional postnatal massage called closing the bones, the Postnatal Recovery Massage (PRM) is done on a massage table and involves using a rebozo shawl to rock and bind the mother’s body, together with an extensive massage of the abdomen, hips, waist, ribs, chest, shoulders and arms.
It is designed to help healing, realign and balance a new mother, as well as help her return to her centre, both physically and energetically.
This unique technique was developed by doula and healer Sophie Messager (who has been offering and teaching the floor work version of this massage for over 5 years) together with Cambridge osteopath Teddy Brookes.
To ensure good tuition, this workshop is reserved to a small group of up to 14 students.
It is a deeply spiritual workshop, where you will not only learn this technique in depth, and leave able to offer it to your clients, but you will also experience for yourself how nurturing, powerful and deeply healing this ritual is, as well as learning to provide this treatment as part of ritual ceremony.
You will be given an extensive, unique and detailed handout which includes a mix of traditional wisdom and scientific evidence. Each technique is accompanied by a description, a picture, a tutorial video links, and its effects on the various joints, muscles and organs.
You will also gain access to a secret Facebook group for people who have done the closing the bones training, where you can share knowledge and connect with an vibrant group of nearly 500 like minded people.
Here’s some example of what people have said about this workshop:
“What a wonderful, professional, well constructed and instructive course with plenty of time for step by step practical, complemented by Teddy’s expertise and Sophie’s organic shamanism and such a wonderful community of like minded body workers. Thoroughly recommended” Jenni Tribe, Therapist
“The massage is a wonderful reworking of the traditional Closing The Bones massage performed on a couch rather than the floor. Sophie and Teddy have taken all that is special about it and fused her energy-work approach with his osteopathic technique to create something extraordinary. It incorporates binding, rocking, jiggling and specific tension releases, with massage of the chest, abdomen and pelvis with warming oil. It is truly a celebration of the postpartum body! .” Charlotte Filcek, doula.
“Amazing workshop! Loved being in a small group to work through techniques in enough details. As an osteopath this experience has been invaluable in improving my practise of postnatal patients , in fact all of my patients!” Rob Ballard, osteopath
“Closing the bones on the table is quite an experience. The techniques feel different. I really like when its perfomed slowly, with the breath. I like both the ground and the table techniques. On the floor for its magical sense of ritual and the table for it’s sense of ‘going deep'” Kamilla Bombeiros, Massage therapist and doula
This workshop costs £180 per person and includes one year membership as a practitioner on https://closingthebonesmassage.com/
Practicalities of the day
The day runs from 9h30 to 6pm
We will be practising a massage which includes exposing and massaging the pubic bone to the chest and shoulders so please wear comfy clothing (soft trousers/leggings/jogging bottoms etc are comfier than jeans for this, and if you wish to keep your bra on, then a soft bra is preferable to a wired one)
We love babies and children, which is why we have to say with a heavy heart that they are too distracting for this workshop. During this course we spend 90% of our time practising a massage on a massage table in pairs, so babies would need to be put down and would get fed up and upset, and this impairs the learning for the mother and the rest of the group. You are welcome to bring a baby if you can bring another adult with you who can take the baby out and entertain them for the day or who can stay nearby with your breastfed baby til s/he needs a feed.
Refreshments: Tea, coffee, drinks and snacks will be provided at the venue. There will be a longer break for lunch; and we will ask you to bring something to share for lunch.