Learn to hold A Womans Honouring Ceremony /Honouring The Bones/ Closing the Bones/ Post Partum Ceremony
Nov 18th – 11-3pm
postponed, date TBC 2024
£33 per person- limited spaces!!
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Closing the bones is a postpartum healing ceremony, which was created to nurture the mother after her passage through giving birth, and her journey into motherhood. It is a celebration, a setting of sacred space, and a way to nurture Mama & baby- although Ceremonies are for all transitions–first blood, birth, moon pause, illness, hysterectomy, infertility, cancer, cfs, pcos, leaving home, leaving school, divorce, marriage, end of breastfeeding, end of mothering….
Let’s honour each other with ceremony and reclaim our rites of passage, ceremonies, rituals…
On this day l will guide you through practicing gentle womb massage, belly binding as well as the Closing the Bones itself.
I believe all communities need to reclaim our rites of passage and ceremonies – l encourage you to add your own flavour to it, add in your gifts, talents whether it’s massage, reiki, acupressure, singing, listening or just touch.
It can be given to women of any age, whether they have had children or not, whether it’s been 4 weeks or 40 years since they gave birth. Perhaps it’s a ceremony to honour a hysterectomy, or to honour a womb that has never conceived, perhaps it’s to honour a woman who is sick and just needs holding.
Make it YOURS!
Closing the Bones is a tradition from Ecuador, where the postpartum mother is blessed, anointed, massaged and wrapped. There is a calling of her spirit back to herself as she has been a portal for carrying new life – as a Warrior woman she has stood before the birth altar and and has walked the threshold between worlds. A transformation has begun as the mother embraces new aspects of herself through this rite of passage into new stages of motherhood. The intention is to provide a space as a nurturing and supportive environment in which healing can take place on these many levels.
Whilst CTB comes from places like Mexico, here in the Celtic isles we have had traditions of celebrating mothers, wrapping our wombs and our babies- these rituals have been intuitively used by mothers from the moment they became mothers!
(image- massage and robozo)
(image- Closing the Bones ceremony)
Traditionally women are given this massage within hours of the birth, and receive it again at least 5 or 6 times during the first 40 days postpartum. The massage stimulates blood flow which in turn; cleans, renews, moves fluids (may help with milk supply/lochia), moving hormones, immune system, toning muscles and tissue. In traditional cultures, the 41 days of the postnatal period represent a sacred time. In this time the woman will have the closing massage at least 5 times, the first being 6 hours after birth, this begins to put the bladder and uterus back into place.
African Proverb….“Being pregnant and giving birth are like crossing a narrow bridge. People can accompany you to the bridge. They can greet you on the other side. But you walk that bridge alone”.
Closing the Bones is a blessing and honouring this warrior mother who may have come to the birth altar for the first time- but is as important for the mama birthing her 2nd, 3rd, 4th…… or just birthing HERSELF during any transition!