Sophie Messager

Sophie Messager

Covers: Cambridgeshire


Phone: 0780 3294482

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Location details:

I live in Cambridge and I am happy to drive up to 30 min from Cambridge

More about me:

I am a doula, bodyworker and a healer.

Everywhere else in the world (apart from the Western world), after giving birth women get a month of rest, during which they receive special nourishing foods and treatments. Here in the UK, when you’ve just had a baby, our culture has got it all wrong, because you get virtually no support and all you get are presents for the baby.

Yet what your baby needs is you to feel strong enough to look after him or her. So investing in a nourishing treatment isn’t a selfish act-it is an investment in yourself and your baby, and your family. You are not meant to be doing this on your own.

Closing the bones is a ritual that celebrates YOU, the new mother, and what you have accomplished growing and birthing this baby. It can give you a chance to re-center, make time for you and find yourself again.

The ceremony goes like this: I setup a comfy mat on the floor somewhere warm and cosy in your house. I lay out some traditional rebozo scarves on it. You lie down on the mat on your back, supported by cushions under your head and knees. I start with rocking your hips with a rebozo, I may rock other parts of your body too. Then I massage your abdomen and hips with a special warming oil (I can also massage your chest and shoulders),  rock your hips some more, and finally wrap your head, shoulders, rib, hips, knees and feet with several scarves and cover you with a blanket and leave you to rest for a while.

I can come to your house with all the equipment necessary (this is tailored to your needs-we will chat about it beforehand, I offer this massage on the floor on a shiatsu mat or on a massage table), and the whole ceremony lasts between 1.5 to 2h from start to finish, including a chance to have a little chat to get to know each other first, and to talk about how it felt over a cup of tea afterwards.

I have been doing closing bones and teaching closing the bones workshops for since 2014. I have been humbled to be entrusted with passing on this wonderful ritual to women, and I am often always blown away by how meaningful and transformative this ritual is for new (and not so new) mothers. I feel that all women should have the chance to experience it.

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