I must admit I really love this postnatal ritual and if you haven’t heard of Closing the Bones before, let me tell you more. Closing the Bones is ancient wisdom, the kind that passes down through generations of women, the kind that offers nurturing and understanding and kindness to a new mother, the kind that offers an opportunity for women to be nurtured by someone who understands and to help her begin to the process of self-healing after birth.
In essence the process itself combines the gentle, soothing motion of being rocked in a rebozo or manteada (a long, wide scarf wrapped around the body) with a slow and specific massage of the hips, belly and pelvis and culminating in a wonderful wrapping of the bones with the rebozo (the long, wide scarf). Its a closing together and a time to reflect on the birth and to mark this moment in your life. This ritual is intended to ease and relax, and women report finding it restorative. There is much more information about this practice on this website and if I’m not within reach you can look up your nearest practitioner there too. The method I have been taught has been brought over to the UK by Rocio Alcarcon from Ecuador and I have been lucky enough to learn from her directly to deepen my learning, as well as from the wonderful Maddie McMahon and Sophie Messager who continue to share the work with Rocio’s blessing.
Closing the Bones is available at a time to suit you any time after your baby is born and is offered in your own home or at Richmond House Holistice Therapy Centre in St. Annes.