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Closing the bones workshops

Would you like to be able to give your clients the most gorgeous, soulful, spiritual post-partum ritual?

The workshop is designed for doulas, birthworkers, midwives, therapists, healers, or anybody who works with new mothers and who wants to be able to give a safe and effective, nurturing postpartum ritual.

Closing the bones is a postnatal hip massage from Ecuador which involves using a rebozo to rock and bind the mother's hips, together with a massage of the abdomen and hips with very specific movements and a special warming oil. It is designed to help return a new mother to her centre, both physically and energetically.

What makes this workshop so special? It is reserved to a small group of 8-12 women. 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 powerful and deeply healing this ritual is. The workshop includes a very unique and detailed handout which includes a mix of traditional wisdom and scientific evidence - all the effects of the techniques on the various joints, muscles and organs have been validated by an osteopath, and includes links to videos showing you all the techniques. You will also gain access to a community of people who have done the workshop - where you can share knowledge, connect and network with an awesome group of around 300 like-minded women.

This day is for you if you want to learn this postnatal massage, or you want a chance to practice this skill again.

We discuss the emotional and spiritual elements to this healing ritual as well as learn the elements to the massage.

Here’s your chance to experience the emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of this ceremony, learning to love your pelvis and how to honour the childbearing hips of the women in your community.

Workshops cost £89 and are facilitated by either Sophie or Maddie. We do travel around the country, so if you have a venue and would like to bring Closing the Bones to your community, why not get in touch.

Booking a workshop: You can book with Maddie via the contact page on this website or with Sophie via her website.

Upcoming Closing the Bones Workshops 2017:

  • 12th December, Cambridge (with Maddie)

2018 dates coming soon!

The workshop covers the background of the massage, the tutors’ experience of giving the massage, a practical demo, practice of the massage, debrief of the experience and a group “full closing” at the end of the day.

Practicalities of the day

We will be practising a massage which includes exposing and massaging the belly from the ribs down to the pubic bone - so please wear comfy clothing (soft trousers/leggings/jogging bottoms etc are comfier than jeans for this)

Babies in arms (non mobile) are welcome to attend the course with their mother. Please be advised that to allow for the learning of other participants you may be asked to step outside of the workshop room if your baby disrupts the course. Please be aware that your learning may be impaired by the presence of your child.

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.

 

Some testimonials from people who have attended the workshop:

Amazing, I loved, loved, loved the course, the venue, the women, the ceremonial yet down to earthness feel, the course has stoked my heart. Well instructed, nicely paced, nice balance between instruction, demonstration and practice. A really wonderful day.

I have loved learning this ritual and it is so special to receive it, too

I really enjoyed the day. An excellent facilitator allowing knowledge to flow through the group with ease. The day was very well divided between theory and lots of practical. I look forward to practising and developing my skills.

Amazing, emotional and cleansing. I feel very supported as a new mum and feel hugged by the love this ceremony brings. Thank you for sharing this lovely technique.

A wonderful, safe practice. Very grounding. I felt extremely secure and safe energetically.

Powerful, nurturing, supportive. Wonderful to be with such wise women.

Every birthworker should do this study day. It is good to be reminded of the sacred in the postpartum

I loved this course. I found it so helpful in developing my massage techniques postnatally. I am looking forward to practicing on my clients and I feel it will be such a useful and nurturing ritual to add to my treatments

I thoroughly enjoyed the day and found it even more useful than I expected

A wonderfully informative and nourishing day. Perfect size group and atmosphere, and I loved your teaching style. You shared your knowledge and experience but also allowed the group to flourish and share viewpoints and experiences

Wonderful. I hadn't anticipated the level to which I would experience the day. I can't wait to incorporate this into my practice

Fantastic workshop. Demonstration + practical + spiritual. Wonderful to experience the group ceremony. Loved it! 

 

Deeper into Closing the Bones

Have you attended Sophie Messager or Maddie McMahon' s closing the bones workshop?

Would you like to go deeper into the techniques?

We learnt a new set of closing the bones techniques from Rocio and we are excited to be offering a new workshop called Deeper into closing the bones.

This new workshop includes an extensive set of rebozo techniques, which work on moving and releasing tension and energy in the back, abdomen, breasts, hips, arms and legs.
It also includes a new set of abdominal, hips, abdomen, chest and arms massage, which complement the original technique and, to quote Rocio, "closes the circle of birth"

What makes this workshop so special? It is reserved to a small group of 8-12 women. It is a deeply spiritual workshop, where you will not only learn the technique in depth, and leave able to offer it to your clients, but you will also experience for yourself how powerful and deeply healing this ritual is.

The workshop includes a unique and detailed handout which includes a mix of traditional wisdom and scientific evidence - all the effects of the techniques on the various joints, muscles and organs have been validated by an osteopath, and includes links to videos showing you all the techniques.

This workshop costs £89 per person
(There is a 10% discount for those booking both the Closing the Bones and the Deeper workshop together)

"Amazing, emotional and cleansing. I feel very supported as a new mum and feel hugged by the love this ceremony brings. Thank you for sharing this lovely technique."

"Amazing, I loved, loved, loved the course, the venue, the women, the ceremonial yet down to earthness feel, the course has stoked my heart. Well instructed, nicely paced, nice balance between instruction, demonstration and practice. A really wonderful day."

"I really enjoyed the day. Sophie and Maddie are excellent facilitators allowing knowledge to flow through the group with ease. The day was very well divided between theory and lots of practical. I look forward to practising and developing my skills."