Closing the bones. traditional postpartum ceremony.
The hard work of giving birth deserves to be
honored and celebrated.
ceremony signs the ending of the birthing journey and aims
to prepare women for motherhood.
can be performed soon after birth-and usually 6 week after caesarean section-
but it is beneficial also after many years.
I have learned closing
the bones for Rocio Alarcon an etnobotastis as well as a traditional midwife
and shaman from Ecuador and Sophie who learned it from her.
The name closing translate
of the words la serrada de carrera,
a specific tummy and hips manipulation
and massage, traditionally practiced in Equador and other South American
I am an anthropologist
by background as well an Ayurvedic practitioner and I have found that massage
and belly binding are common practices not only in India but also in China, Malaysia as
well in some African countries.
West India women also
share this tradition and it is also common in South America as part of
postnatal practices that help mothers to recover during the quarantine, the 6
weeks postpartum time.
The ceremony is done usually
in the mother's home or in a place she feels comfortable.
I have combined the closing the bone with an Ayurvedic hot
oil massage to give a more powerful
The massage nurtures
the body and relaxes the mind. The medicated hot oil penetrates deeply and
heals body aches and stiffness, balancing
energies that might have been upset by the hard work of labour, moving fluids,
soothing and toning tired muscles, and strengthening the immune system.
The specific work with
the rebozo on the hips and tummy aims
to bring warmth drain
lymph, stimulate blood and expel the lochia, realign bladder and uterus, bones and joints and
to seal the body to prevent the draining of energy.
The rebozo is a long scarf, which is wrapped
around the mother, who initially stands and swings at the gentle rhythmic
shifting of the rebozo.
After she has laid down,
the rebozo is wrapped around her hips, which are gently
and rhythmically rocked and finally wrapped tightly.
It is believed that
pregnancy mother's body and in particular her hips have
gradually opened to allow the growth of the baby, but after the baby is
born they need to close again to prevent pelvic instability and the draining
During the ceremony women
have felt a huge release of emotions as it can be a very deep and moving experience
on a spiritual, physical and emotional level.
Babies are welcomes to stay with mum and can be fed also if
they need it during the ceremony and other women can be present to support and
to share the blessings.
After the hips are wrapped, other scarves are are used to
gently close and seal the mother’s at head shoulders, knees and feet.
Finally when she feels ready she will be taken to have a
The ceremony last 3 hours and 30 min. with hot oil massage and
healing bath and costs £180
A shorter ceremony, without hot oil massage,
£ 90 for 1 and 30 minutes.
I had the privilege to honor many women with the ceremony
and I am happy to share their testimony.
Wanted to say thank you so much for the ceremony
on Monday! Was very powerful and centering! I can definitely say I feel more balanced
and closed emotionally as well as
physically. I would certainly would like to see you again in a couple of weeks.
Fortunately for me I met Magherita at a workshop for doulas... I
instantly felt connected to her as we spoke about Ayurveda and pregnancy... and
As a doula myself I really wanted someone with strong spiritual
grounding to perform the CTB ceremony. I believe the ceremony itself as well as
the energy of the person performing it is very important. I was so pleased that
Magherita had the availability so I text her soon after I had the baby and we
booked for exactly a week from when my baby was born. I decided to go for the
package of Ayurvedic massage, closing the bones, followed by herbal bath.
Margherita arrived and set up the space- it felt appropriate that
this was just where I gave birth in my living room.
She started with some sifting standing up to warm my bones, this
was very relaxing and i felt things move internally strange to explain. I held
baby throughout which was nice. She then performed the Ayurvedic massage with
oil appropriate for Postnatal and my body type. It was simply divine. The
sensation of hot oil on the skin is indescribable.
The massage was amazing and really complimented the whole
treatment. The CTB followed after and this was important for me. I was pleased
that I was able to do this 1 week after my baby was born. I really felt an
internal shift when she was performing the various strokes. Once my bones were
closed she ran me a herbal bath and explained the Ayurvedic principles behind
this following the massage and the herbs that are used.
It was beautiful and very indulgent.
I'm very grateful that Magherita was able to facilitate the
closure for me, it was an essential part to my Postnatal recovery. I noticed
that my lochia had reduced considerably the same day and the days following the
massage. My body felt renewed and I do think the Ayurvedic massage complimented
it all. Magherita is very gentle, loving, humble (and strong!), she is a true
"ayurdoula". She met my mum too which was funny as she identified
some of the healing foods my mum had bought over for me. So naturally they
connected too which then got mum going off on one about the healing foods and
the sacred 40 days post birth.
I wholeheartedly recommend Magherita for all things Ayurveda and
postnatal healing. Sanita E.