The art and science of postpartum wrapping

Why this course?

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A course for perinatal professionals and parents who want to offer a beautiful simple nurturing way to provide support during the postpartum.

Would you like to learn about postpartum belly wrapping/binding? Does it feel daunting and you aren’t sure how to start, what is the best way to do it?

What if I told you that it is simple and can be done with everyday items, and that there isn’t a right way to do it, but rather a range of ways and that each mother knows best what suits her?

Having been wrapping myself for over ten years and teaching my clients and other professionals to do it, I’ve decided to create a new online course to offer this knowledge.

I want to demystify the process and show you that it is simple and  doesn’t require expert knowledge, and that you can do for yourself, or teach others easily. I will explain why there isn’t a kind of wrapping that is better than the others. Choosing a method of wrapping is like choosing a pair of jeans: you cannot be prescriptive about what fits each person, and it is a good idea to try before you buy. It needs to fit your lifestyle, and it needs to feel comfortable for your unique body.

A bit of background and history

All around the world, there is (or used to be) a custom of wrapping the hips and/or the belly for the first few weeks after birth.

It makes sense when you think about it. During pregnancy, the body adapts to accommodate the growing baby: the pelvis tilts and widens, the spine curvature increases, the abdomen stretches to accommodate the growing uterus, which in turn also pushes all the internal abdominal organs up. During the birth the pelvis opens. Then after the birth all of this has to happen in reverse. The uterus has to shrink back to its pre-pregnancy size, and the abdominal organs descend back into place. On a simple physical level, wrapping helps to support stretched and unstable muscles and ligaments during this process. It also provides comfort and warmth.

New mothers are also open physically, emotionally and spiritually, and the wrapping is part of the support that helps on this level too.   On an emotional level wrapping brings us back to our bodies and provides a sense of being contained. On a spiritual level it also feels protective.

As a culture we have completely lost the bodywork traditions we used to have during the postpartum, and out of the many practises to help nurture a new mother, wrapping is the easiest and the most affordable to offer.

What does the course contain?

In this course, I will share history, evidence, stories and tutorials that demonstrate how simple and effective postpartum wrapping is. The course will contain:

  • A historical background of postpartum wrapping
  • Why wrapping supports postnatal recovery and wellbeing, with scientific perspective
  • A range of methods of wrapping that are both easy to do and affordable
  • Videos tutorials showing  how to do all the different methods of wrapping
  • Stories to illustrate how wonderfully healing and effective the wrapping can be
  • How to tailor what you offer your client’s needs and preferences

By the end of this course, you will know why wrapping is an important part of postnatal recovery. You will immediately be able to practise and offer several simple and effective ways to wrap.

Who is this course for?

This course is for birth professionals and for parents who want to learn how to wrap the belly and hips during the postpartum

What makes this course special?

I have a unique blend of scientific, theoretical and practical experience.  I offer a blend of scientific, traditional, and practical knowledge. I have over ten years experience in using and teaching wrapping techniques face to face and remotely.

About the instructor

Having worked as a doula from 2012 to 2022, I also have a diploma in antenatal education and spent several years teaching antenatal classes. I have been facilitating in person workshops for birth professionals for over ten years, and online courses for 5 years. I know to present information in a way that is entertaining, easy to follow, and which allows students to learn easily and enjoyably, as well as apply what they have learnt in the class.

Prior to being a perinatal educator, I gained a PhD in Physiology of Reproduction and spent 20 years working as a biology research scientist. I also have a DiPhe in antenatal education.

I am the author of the book Why Postnatal Recovery Matters, published by Pinter and Martin.

What is the course format?

  • 4.5h of video classes recordings, divided in three 90 min lessons.
  • As well as access to the recording of the zoom lessons, the course includes a large amount of text and video modules and lessons, available on my website course portal, with no time limit, allowing you to learn at your own pace.
  • Access to a private Facebook group for ongoing support.
  • A certificate of completion at the end of the course, once you have submitted 2 case studies.

By the end of the course you will feel confident about starting to offer wrapping support to your clients and your community.

    How much does it cost?

    The course costs £129

    If you would like to read some examples of some of the knowledge I will be sharing in this course, read my blog post The lost art of postnatal wrapping.

    Feedback for the art of postpartum wrapping online course

    Sophie makes the concept of wrapping so simple and accessible, and shares so many different options. The emphasis on wrapping as a nurturing and supporting practice is so powerful, and actually nowhere near as intimidating as I thought it would be.

    Cheryl Southgate

    Feedback for the art of postpartum wrapping webinar

    What a beautifully well spent hour and a half and such a generous offering. I feel like I have a comprehensive overview of postnatal wrapping, when and how to use it and a selection of choices to suit different mothers personal preferences. Sophie has a wealth of knowledge and experience that perfectly balances science and tradition which is fascinating. Interaction was encouraged and questions answered so all attendees contributions were valued. I imagine the full course, when available, would be excellent.

    Phillipa Cresswell

    Feedback for the art of postpartum wrapping webinar

    Sophie has worked hard on really reasearching this topic and knows her stuff. She presents it in an easy to understand way and encourages you to try different wraps to understand how they work and the experence can be different for each person.

    Michelle Bennett

    Feedback for the art of postpartum wrapping webinar

    This is a good introduction to body wrapping with sensible, age old understanding of its benefits and encouragement for those new to it. Sophie Messager gives constructive, non-prescriptive and encouraging advice.

    Claire Albert

    Feedback for the art of postpartum wrapping webinar

    What a super informative and friendly webinar. Sophie is so knowledgeable and very generous with her knowledge.

    Debra Russell

    Feedback for the art of postpartum wrapping course

    Fab course, so informative! Really enjoyed learning about wrapping and how versatile it can be!

    Maria Convery

    Feedback for the art of postpartum wrapping webinar

    Bodywork is usually the part of postpartum care that is missing. If you’re someone who works with pregnant or postpartum women then I think this training will really help you understand some of the postpartum body issues, history and types of wrapping and some of the benefits. I think it will give you some added confidence to talk about postpartum wrapping, what it is and how to do it either as a self wrapping for your client or something you can add on as a service you do for them. Sophie is an amazing teacher. I’ve done some other training with her and I highly recommend.

    Rachel Allen

    Feedback for the art of postpartum wrapping webinar

    Sophie is a wonderful trainer with a wealth of knowledge. I particularly liked how she made sure to try everything first before recommending/discussing various wraps and techniques so that she has first hand knowledge of the solutions she is discussing. She really believes in “lived experience”.

    Nathalie Leblond

    Feedback for the art of postpartum wrapping webinar

    This webinar was very informative, clearly presented, I learned a lot. I loved the “bon sens” (how does we say it in english?) of your answers to our questions. To see all those different ways and you encouraging just to try with what we have, it just make sense. Thank you for this webinar!


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