Closing The Bones
WHAT IS 'CLOSING THE BONES' ?
Traditionally, Closing The Bones is a postpartum ceremony (originating from South America) to deeply nurture, nourish and support a women's recovery after giving birth. It's about re-balancing and honouring her body and about bringing her back to her centre.
Labour is a very opening experience, physically, emotionally and spiritually, which can leave the body feeling empty, cracked open, depleted and vulnerable. Closing the bones helps to bring 'chi' or 'prana' back to the body's centre, the energetic space in which was once shared with a growing baby.
Closing The Bones is not limited to new mums. It can be received at any stage of a woman's life, regardless of whether she has given birth or not.
It is a beautiful, ceremonial way of helping you return physically, emotionally and energetically back to yourself after a time of change and/or trauma; bringing a sense of closure, renewed energy and support in letting something go.
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Closing The Bones (1-1)
A beautiful one-to-one ceremony including intention setting, massage, body wrapping, poems, song and sharing of your birth story if you wish.
Full Closing Ceremony
A Full Closing Ceremony can be attended by your closest female loved ones who will take an active role in the ceremony.
The same aspects will be included as in the 1-1 ceremony, but in addition, your sisters will kneel by your side for the final closing and sealing element where you will be held, honoured and wrapped using rebozos (Mexican shawls). Words and song may be offered. Here you lie, surrounded by your chosen women for as long as is needed. Nothing is rushed; the gift is time, pure intentions and love.
Traditionally women would receive Closing The Bones hours after giving birth 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, but if you've had a cesarean I would wait until the scar has healed (a nurturing postnatal massage in the meantime could be perfect though).
The ceremony can be at your home, mine, or a place of your choice and will last around 2 hours.
If you would like more information or to talk through any aspect of Closing of the Bones, please give me a call on 07799248737 or for other contact details click here.