Who is Sophie?
My name is Sophie Dulac, I’m a half Australian / French, sun seeking, cat and beach loving, dance enthusiast who currently works as a massage therapist in Bondi. I’m a Libra sun, Cancer Moon and Virgo rising, so a good blend of flirty fun, nurturing sensitivity and practical perfectionism.
A film and song to represent you?
I would have to say the song Confidently Lost by Sabrina Claudio definitely reflects how I feel in myself and about my life right now. The film to represent my life is probably Charlie’s Angels: Get Some Action - starring Cameron Diaz, Lucy Lu and Drew Barymore. All about sexy, independent women being badass bitches. There’s some action, some comedy, some drama, some dancing, even some massage thrown in there. Lots of dress ups, outfit changes, kicking mens butts and it’s slightly over the top and ridiculous which I love!
What sets your soul on fire?
Dancing and feeling sexy definitely sets my soul on fire. I love moving intuitively feeling the music. I also feel most alive when I’m riding fast on a motorbike, I kind of love the thrill of being so close to death.
How do you share your gift with others?
I feel like I share my gift in many ways, I receive a lot of messages or compliments from people telling me that I’ve inspired them in some way which is always lovely to hear. Not that being an inspiration is an end goal for me, or something I’m trying for. It’s just something that I hear a lot from people I meet, along with “you have magic hands” from most of my massage clients. It’s always nice to have positive feedback, it reaffirms that you’re on the right path.
What is lymphatic drainage?
Lymphatic drainage is a gentle, rhythmic style massage sequence that is used to manually drain the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system can be seen as the body’s sewerage system. It collects all the waste that leaks out of the blood vessels and the bacteria that enters into the body through the skin which is done to maintain the fluid levels of the body’s tissues. When the lymphatic system is not working properly, the tissues swell and the stagnant fluid becomes congested, appearing puffy or swollen. If we are blocked in any of our lymph nodes, we will see inflammation in the form of pain, tenderness, discomfort, immobility, skin conditions, etc. if the toxic fluid can not drain away, we are left with a swamp-like scenario going on within the tissues. The Lymph system does not have a pump which means that it relies on other factors like lifestyle, diet, and exercise to help drain the lymph. Hence, why lymphatic drainage massage is so incredible because the fluid is manually pumped/pushed back into the lymph nodes to then be filtered back through the circulatory, digestive or urinary systems. he benefits of lymphatic drainage are endless but the main most sought after benefits are the detoxification effect it has on the body, which flushes out the body’s toxins, depuffing and debloating the tissues which gives a slimming effect to the body. Lymphatic drainage can also help to strengthen the immune system, regulate hormones, clear up acne and certain skin conditions, as well as help with relaxation and deeper, more restful sleep.
What are the benefits?
The benefits of lymphatic drainage are endless but the main most sought after benefits are the detoxification effect it has on the body, which flushes out the body’s toxins, depuffing and debloating the tissues which gives a slimming effect to the body. Lymphatic drainage can also help to strengthen the immune system, regulate hormones, clear up acne and certain skin conditions, as well as help with relaxation and deeper, more restful sleep.
How do you balance yourself, giving to others?
Because massage therapy is a lot of energy output, I find that I need a lot of alone time to recharge my energy and give back to myself. I practice a lot of self lymphatic drainage especially to my face, stomach and legs to help keep the fluid moving and my immune system strong. I like to practice what I preach so I get fortnightly massages to keep my body in check, as well as, workout at least 4 times a week whether that’s doing pilates, attending a dance class, going for a morning walk or going out for a boogie with friends on the weekend. I also try to eat as healthy as possible but at the same time I believe life is all about balance so I’m not hard on myself if I feel like having some chocolate or an alcoholic beverage here and there. Everything in moderation!
What is a ritual you do within your practice?
In my massage practice, I love a ritual to set the tone of the treatment. I normally will rub some essential oils on my wrists and waft it around the clients face while I get them to take some deep breaths and connect to their body. I will then do an elephant walk (grounding technique) down their body where I will then hot towel their feet before I begin the massage. I’ve had that little ritual (minus the hot towel) since I became a yoga teacher in 2015 and I would do that exact thing to each of my students in savasana at the end of the class.
What are you working on?
I’m currently working on hosting my first ever yoga / lymphatic drainage retreat in Bali with a fellow yoga instructor and dear friend of mine, Eva who has a retreat business of her own and wanted to collaborate with me. I’m also working on hosting Face WORKOUT workshops at The CALMM where I work in Bondi. These will be held in studio monthly and then we will do a monthly collaboration with other businesses.
Tell me more about the retreat!
The retreat is 5 nights and 6 blissful days from 30th April to 5th May 2023 held at The Shala Bali in Ubud, the beautiful yoga capital of Bali. Each day will start with pranayama and Jivamukti yoga with Eva, followed by organic vegan/vegetarian buffet breakfast. Then free time where you can enjoy the tranquil infinity pool, book either a Face Sculpt or Lymph Sculpt treatment with myself, explore Ubud, treat yourself at the day spa on site, among many other things. There will be a different activity on each evening followed by an organic buffet vegan/vegetarian dinner. 6 days of ultimate bliss, tranquility and well-being!!
What would you tell your teenage self?
I would tell my teenage / younger self that it’s okay to say NO and to stop doing things that you don’t want to do just because you’re trying to please someone else. No one is going to hate you for it, if anything they are going to respect you more because you can set clear boundaries and you will have more time and energy to do the things that you love, the things that fill your cup so you actually have more to give to others.
What does your perfect day look like?
I think any day that involves sunshine, the ocean, delicious food, great company, music, dancing and good sex is a perfect day!
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Prompts inspired -
* How do you share your gift with others?
* What is a ritual you do in your practice?
* Do you give to others? How do you balance?
Thank you beautiful Sophie XXX
Sophies imagery shot by - Eva Lucie Daniela