Some of the traditional Midwives of Morocco, Ecuador, Mexico and other parts of the world where cloth is worn & used daily have shared their knowledge and wisdom & given their blessing to select birth-workers who will go on to share & practice their sacred work. 

Closing The Bones
What is C.T.B.

Closing The Bones postnatal massage is an ancient ritual that throughout history has been performed by the Traditional Midwives of Ecuador, Mexico, Morocco and other indigenous communities and is typically offered to the 'new mother' multiple times in her first 40 days postpartum.  

 

That said, this practice isn’t only for the new mother... whether a mother birthed within the last 40 days or 40 years the nurturing art of Closing The Bones is beneficial for ALL.

 

Closing the Bones Ceremony honours a mother’s journey through pregnancy, birth and the postpartum and is wonderfully restorative.  It is a wholly physical, emotional & spiritual experience.

 

During pregnancy & birth a woman becomes expanded and open, not only physically but also energetically. She enters the space between two worlds. This ritual supports her to be grounded and to anchor back into her body.

 

The wrapping of traditional cloths around the mother’s body physically closes her bones, it honours her and begins to realign her ligaments, uterus, bladder and pelvis in a most gentle, peaceful and nurturing way.  

 

A deeply soothing abdominal oil massage stimulates blood flow which in turn; cleans, renews & moves fluids (may help with milk supply), moves hormones, stimulates immune system, encourages lymphatic drainage, relaxes muscles & fascia tissue.  Trapped emotion can be stored in our soft tissue which when stimulated can be released.

 

Emotionally, this ritual provides all mothers a safe space where she is grounded and supported, allowing her to release any emotion, reflect and close… physically, emotionally and spiritually.  This is a time of self-care, healing and relaxation.

 

For the new mother, this is a wonderful gateway to her next chapter and seals her energy after birth & into her 4th trimester. 

 

Closing the bones can also be a befitting way to support a mother who is dealing with the loss of her baby. It is never too late to offer this ritual to those experiencing feelings of loss.

 

Some of the traditional Midwives of Ecuador, Mexico, Morocco and other parts of the world where cloth is worn & used daily have shared their knowledge and wisdom & given their blessing to select birth-workers who will go on to share & practice their sacred work. 

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Jane Caen

Birth & Postnatal Doula