Closing The Bones Ceremony
So you’ve given birth within the first year of postpartum, Amazing! Though maybe your pelvic floor feels weakened since giving birth? Has your back ache worsened? Or do you feel something loose or achy? Have you emotionally healed and accepted motherhood? Have you supported and nourished your amazing body? Did you know your entire body has stretched to its maximum capacity and now your organs are trying to realign and return back into place. What have you in place to HELP you HEAL and HOLD everything together…
Closing the bones is an ancient Moroccan ceremony which I have been blessed and taught by traditional midwifes. It consists of using handmade material such as wool or cotton, the mother is wrapped and pulled together from head to toe. It is a way to support the new mothers healing, helping the body return to a pre pregnancy state, supporting the joints and muscles and aiding in the uterus and womb returning back into place.
It is a ceremony taking at least up to 2 hours, the whole body is hugged creating a warm sense of protection and healing, lightening all the body’s pain and aches and alleviating any pelvic instability. The space is scented with a mesmerising blend of natural traditional soaked Moroccan woodchips/resins, traditionally used to adore and celebrate the new mother. The Closing ceremony traditionally is also known to help hormonal balance after birth, any unwanted discharge or tissue/clots, supporting the womb area of the body to be clean and return to a pre pregnancy state. Closing the bones ceremony also provides postural support for the torso, supports the abdominal wall healing as “Diastasis Recti” is very common due to a growing uterus in pregnancy which stretches the abdominal muscles causing the abdomen to separate. Restores pelvic floor muscles, supports the bodies natural spine and posture realignment after birth, prevents weight gain and stabilises any loose ligaments.
The act of closing the bones includes a massage with natural olive oil on the legs/arms before the closing ceremony whilst the new mother peacefully lays relaxing her body soothed by listening to authentic traditional Moroccan music ending with belly binding.
Traditionally the closing the bones ceremony is recommended to be done 3-4 times at least within the first week after giving birth or within the first 40 days for optimal effects but is also recommended to be done at-least 3 times within the first year.
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