What is Closing the Bones?


I recently spent the day on a very special workshop with a group of birth workers and doulas learning and receiving this beautiful ceremony.

A deeply nurturing and relaxing experience, Closing the Bones, also known as Mother Wrapping, and to me a gorgeous restorative and loving feeling that every woman should experience.

There is something so deeply relaxing about being rocked, masssaged and swaddled! The origin of Closing the Bones has deep roots in honouring life cycles and is especially common in many cultures' similarity for celebrating and looking after a New Mother.

I say let's bring back this forgotten tradition!

My training of Closing the Bones, with two doulas was based on their teachings by an inspirational Ecuadorian woman, trained in traditional midwifery. This, along with my skills as an Energy Worker and Women’s Wellness therapist helps me to create beautiful and nurturing ceremonies and treatments.

 

Why every New Mum should receive Closing the Bones...

For new mums it helps to relax and realign the hips offering relief from any pelvic and back tension, a true sense of being cared for and nurtured, honouring the transition made into into Motherhood. 

Closing the Bones is something that nourishes, grounds and restores you. 

As we know during pregnancy and birth the hips widen, yes this is natural occurrence and one of many amazing aspects that a woman's body creates to carry and birth a child, but when the hips are and remain open it can create lower back issues and pelvic instability. The 'Closing' of hips helps to release tension held in the body after what has often been a very open and vulnerable time on a physical and emotional and energetic level. Inviting a release that can be held and stored from pregnancy, birth and motherhood.

Closing the Bones as we know is particularly amazing for the postpartum period, a time that certainly requires all of the love, nurture and surrender too.

The First 40 Days

The First Forty Days, and indeed the entire Fourth Trimester is a time where a New Momma is looked after, cared for, nurtured and nourished with food, love and all of the essentials so that she can focus on her baby and her alone. Traditionally hours after giving birth women would receive Closing the Bones and it would be repeated 5 or 6 times during the first 40 days postpartum.  As soon as you are feeling comfortable you can receive it. If a cesarean birth once the scar has healed (a postnatal nurturing massage in the meanwhile would be perfect). 

They say it takes a village to raise a child, well Closing the Bones is a beautiful example of the support that many cultures and traditions still hold for special and life changing moments, such as giving birth and becoming a Mother. Traditions that we have sadly let go of and lost over time. It used to be that pregnant women and New Mums were celebrated and the community would come together to share wisdom and experiences, to be healed and supported. Traditions that honour the amazing-ness of giving birth and becoming a New Mum!

These are traditions that 'Mother the Mother', when she needs it the most. And that feeling is at the core of what Closing the Bones is all about, and it's the reason I want to share it for more women to experience.

What is Involed?

Closing the Bones sessions can vary depending on what each woman brings to the session. Upon contacting me we can have a brief chat and discuss your needs, if there is an intention like celebrating or letting go we honour that.


Birth Story Medicine

Your'e welcome to share your birth story, weather it has been 4 weeks or 14 years. Birth Story Medicine allows you to share your birth or postnatal story in a safe, loving and non judgmental way. I will hold the space for you.


Relaxing and Grounding and (optional) Energy Balancing

You are invited to lay down in a comfortable space decorated with candles, scattered fresh rose petals, colourful scarves, essential aromatherapy oils and beautiful music for a complete sensory experience. 

I’ll then create the intention for healing and love and for her to receive the most out of the ceremony and one that serves her highest purpose. 


Rebozo Rocking

Gentle sifting and rocking of the hips to calm and rebalance, and to bring the hips and pelvis into alignment. This is wonderful to any pelvic or lower back issues.


Massage and Relaxation 

I then begin to massage and gently ‘rock’ the hips using a traditional Mexican Rebozo. We focus mostly on the sacral, back, hips and abdomen (with touch massage on the head and feet). 

The massage itself involves a combination of relaxing and deeper moves to reduce physical tension, ‘holding’ in parts and allowing for any energy stagnant or emotion to settle. There may also be some guided relaxation/visualisation to create a deeper grounding and restoration.


Closing

We complete with ‘ceremonial wrapping’ using beautiful scarves along the body. This is over some of the main chakra points and it feels like being cocooned or swaddled and receiving the most gorgeous body hug! 

It represents the ‘holding’, ‘Closing’ and ‘honouring’ of the her and the journey and transition she has made into Motherhood. 

You are kept wrapped allowing you to completely let go, surrender and go within. After a short time I’ll unwrap very gently.  

I sometimes use Tingsha bells and/or a singing bowl  at the beginning and end of each ceremony, Paolo Santo to cleanse the space and rose quartz too. 

Closing the Bones can take place in the comfort of your home, so that you can basque in the lovely energy that we have created afterwards. 

 

Why every New Mum should receive Closing the Bones

As we know during pregnancy and birth the hips widen, yes this is natural occurrence and one of many amazing aspects that a woman's body creates to carry and birth a child, but when the hips are and remain open it can create lower back issues and pelvic instability. The 'Closing' of hips helps to release tension held in the body after what has often been a very open and vulnerable time on a physical and emotional and energetic level. Inviting a release that can be held and stored from pregnancy, birth and motherhood. Traditionally hours after giving birth women would receive Closing the Bones and it would be repeated 5 or 6 times during the first 40 days postpartum.  I advise as soon as you are feeling comfortable you can receive it. If a cesarean birth once the scar has healed (a postnatal nurturing massage in the meanwhile would be perfect). 

That whole 'Can't pour from an empty cup', well that could not be closer to the truth when.

Closing the Bones as we know is particularly amazing for the postpartum period, a time that certainly requires all of the love, nurture and surrender too.

What is a Rebozo?

A traditional Mexican shawl that can be used in pregnancy and labour to relax tight ligaments in the belly, it can be used for baby wearing and it is what we traditionally use to gently rock, relax and 'shimmy' the hips to bring deep release and relaxation of the pelvis and lower back. 

I begin to massage the lower back, hips and belly with a gorgeous women's oil and use the Rebozo technique to gently release tension in the hips and lower back. We then wrap the Rebozo and light scarves around the hips and other main points throughout the body.

This. Feels. Divine. There is just something about being 'cocooned' and held. It allows the body to deeply relax and the mind to just let go. 

I then continue to massage over your head, neck and shoulder and you can continue to drift into a state of bliss. 

If you would like to receive this Closing the Bones, at any stage of your life, I'd love to hear from you.

This therapy celebrates and honours all transitions and journey's and is tailored to you and your needs. 

Closing the Bones can be done in the comfort of your home or in clinic. Please get in touch on info@puretherapylondon.co.uk or 07832147883 to discuss any questions and to book. 


Closing the Bones packages can be found here

My training of Closing the Bones, with doulas was based on their teachings by an inspirational Ecuadorian woman, trained in traditional midwifery. This, along with my skills as an Energy Worker and Women’s Wellness therapist helps me to create beautiful and nurturing ceremonies and treatments.

Pictures taken with thanks by Liz Devonshire Photography