Closing of the Bones is a postpartum healing ceremony, a celebration, a setting of sacred space, and a way to nurture mama & baby, drawing from postnatal traditions from around the world, particularly Latin America and Asia. These traditional cultures know that a woman needs support following childbirth, in a way that we seem to have forgotten in the West.
Women are given this massage within hours of the birth, and receive it again at least 5 or 6 times during the first 40 days postpartum period. The massage stimulates blood flow which in turn; cleans, renews, moves fluids, and also begins to put the bladder and uterus back into place. The honouring, focus and intention of the ceremony helps the woman draw her energy back into herself.
Many women find that when they have given birth they feel ‘broken open’. The body, mind and spirit have to open and let go from a deep place to bring a new soul into the world. We open ourselves to the most dramatic life experience, and sometimes a traumatic experience.
The pelvis is a complicated piece of engineering, with bone, muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia helping both stabilise the body and allow for motion. Emotionally, the pelvis is the home of the second chakra, “Svadhisthana”, which is closely associated with emotions and with the unconscious. The hip muscles are programmed to be easily activated for “fight, flight or freeze” response. When the body suffers a trauma, our instinctual reflex is to clench these deep muscles. The problem is, we don’t let go. These unresolved emotions and trauma, can be felt upon the hips as adrenalin crystals, that are released during the massage.
During pregnancy, the hips, open, becoming wider and wider to accommodate the growing baby, and prepare the body for birth. It is vitally important to help the hips close post birth, otherwise mothers suffer with pelvic instability as a result.
The massage itself includes a rocking motion with a rebozo, a traditional scarf, to rock the pelvic bones back into alignment. This is then followed by various hand massage techniques using oil around the pubic bones, belly and around the hips, helping to draw the woman’s energy back to her creative centre, her womb. The rebozo is then used for closing the hip bones by a method of wrapping.
Beyond the physical aspect of closing the bones, there is a spiritual aspect to the massage, which provide a safe space/ritual for the mother to feel nurtured and release emotions associated with the birth and motherhood
The Closing of the Bones Ceremony is designed for mothers from postpartum and beyond. The ceremony is open to all mothers at any time who wish to find some closure for themselves no matter how old your child is. It can also be performed on women who haven’t birthed but wish to close something else in their life.
A healing and nurturing ceremony, carried out in your own home, helping a woman to bring herself back together. The physical work brings her bones and organs back into their right places. as well as recognising the huge rite of passage of pregnancy, birth and becoming a mother.Buy Now