Closing The Bones Rebozo Postnatal Massage
Helping you feel safe and nurtured as a new mother
Closing the Bones postnatal massage is a great way to find closure from your birth story and will help you feel your way into motherhood. In many cultures around the world, there is a period when the new mother is looked after and nourished and helped to heal – Closing the Bones is a key part of that.
Many of the postpartum traditions include nourishing foods and a period of confinement, and some kind of bodywork technique, ranging from massage, to binding with a cloth, helping the new mother regain her strength and energy.
These practices are global and multicultural, yet in Europe we seem to have lost them. So today if we want to reclaim these traditions, we have to re-learn these techniques from more traditional cultures around the world. Closing the Bones postnatal massage is such a technique, today based on a proven medical diagnosis.
If an MRI scan was carried out on a pregnant woman it would show that during pregnancy her hips would open and become wider and wider. After the birth, it is important that they are helped to close back to their normal width, otherwise mothers would suffer from pelvic instability.
A traditional practice carried out for generations
In traditional cultures, the 40 days straight after the birth are regarded as a sacred time. In Ecuador, women are given this massage within hours of the birth, and receive it again at least five or six times during the next 40 days. The massage stimulates blood flow which then cleans, renews, moves fluids and hormones, stimulates the immune system, and helps tone muscles and tissues.
The Closing the Bones massage includes a traditional shawl called a Manta (also known as a rebozo in Mexico) to rock and articulate the mother’s hips. This is followed by a complex abdominal and pelvic girdle massage using a warming oil, and then finished by tightly wrapping the cloth around the woman’s hips.
It’s a safe space for the new mother to feel nurtured, and release strong emotions associated with the birth and motherhood.
As well as the physical aspect of closing the bones, there is also a spiritual aspect to the treatment. Having received the massage myself and given it to many mothers, I have witnessed first-hand how powerful this ritual can be in releasing emotions in a safe way, even many years after the birth itself.
I usually offer this massage at your home and it lasts for around 2 - 4 hours. It is done on the floor on a yoga mat, just as it’s traditionally done. My cost includes mileage within the Barcelona metropolitan, outside this area will be calculated according to distance.