Closing the Bones is a way to support a woman’s recovery after childbirth however she birthed her child; to celebrate the amazing abilities of her body; to close the circle of pregnancy and birth and to create a moment of stillness, of meditative peace and reflection in the rollercoaster of emotions of new motherhood.
It is a postnatal ritual, which uses a massage and the warming, nurturing use of a shawl or ‘manta’ as it is called in Ecuador where this particular practice comes from. This is similar to the Mexican rebozo. Traditionally, cultures across the globe have used cloth around the pelvis to support the womb and pelvic area after the dramatic changes of pregnancy and birth.
It is particularly potent in the postpartum period. However every mother benefits from this process no matter how long ago she birthed.
Women’s experiences differ widely. Those we have worked with have experienced healing on the physical, emotional and spiritual levels as they re-centre their energy; free their bodies from remnants of pregnancy and birth and reignite their centre of creativity in a new way.