sacred postpartum closing ceremony
Across various cultures, the postpartum period is treated with reverence and devotion. Practices are used to assist with healing, as well as recognise the immense shift in the mother's emotional and mental state. My divine offering to you is this ceremony, adapted from the Ecuadorian and Mexican (among many other cultures that observe very similar practices) tradition "Closing of the Bones." I acknowledge the sanctity and ancient roots that this practice comes from, and hold so much gratitude for this healing ritual.
Pregnancy and birth require EXPANSION in every sense of the word. After growing and birthing a baby, the body is open - energetically, physically, and emotionally. Your energy field, too, is expanded and you may be left feeling out of body. The postpartum massage I offer is deeply sacred and enables you to integrate your birthing and postpartum experience while acknowledging the immense journey you have traversed.
What is involved?
The ceremony begins with you, and your birth story. We debrief your birth and set any intentions.
If you choose to, I can prepare a herbal yoni steam with gentle herbs that may lightly cleanse your womb space prior to massage and rebozo. Please let me know if you would like to add this restorative practice to your ceremony.
Warm oil is lovingly massaged into specific areas, with it bringing awareness and blood flow. The areas that may be focussed on include the sacrum, upper back, abdomen and womb space. I intuitively feel which space needs more time and devotion, in order to best serve your healing journey but lots of love is given to the belly and womb, the home of your baby. My intention is to bring warmth and fire back into your body, as the body is in a predominantly vata (air and ether) state after birth. Physically, your entire pelvic region is stretched and elongated following pregnancy and birth, and so this restorative treatment works to strengthen and bring the hips back into place.
A Rebozo (Mexican shawl) is used to rock your hips and gently guide them back into alignment. This is deeply nourishing and honours the work they have done.
Finally, you will be wrapped head to toe in rebozo, as if in a cocoon, before emerging feeling deeply connected and embodied. While you are wrapped, I may do energy work to retrieve your spirit as it is believed in many cultures that the mother leaves her body to collect the soul of her baby from the cosmos/universe.
There are so many nourishing, restorative benefits to this ceremony, including;
- Re-established sense of self, feeling in alignment.
- Feeling grounded and present in your role as mother, especially in the transition from maiden to mother.
- Stimulation of blood circulation within the reproductive area, assisting with muscle tone and restoring the tissues.
- As labour can leave you feeling open and vulnerable, this ceremony can re-seal the body, so you may fill your cup back up and draw energy back to your creative portal (womb).
- Hormonal balance and immune stimulation.
- Closure from the birth story and releasing suppressed emotions and trauma.
- Guiding the organs and hip bones back into place, and assisting the uterus in shrinking.
- Breaking up adrenalin crystals that may form on the hip bones (indicating unresolved trauma and emotional blocks).
- Creating together an altar that honours you and will sit beside you during your ceremony.
- Rejuvenating and grounding herbal foot soak.
- Yoni Steaming + Herbs.
- Abdominal/womb Massage with homemade warming herbal infused oil.
- Full body Rebozo wrapping.
- Holding space for you as you rest and take time while wrapped.
- Sound healing.
- Reiki/Intuitive Healing.
- Intuitive card pull.
- Cacao or intuitive herbal tea to drink while debriefing.
- Mobile Ceremony in your home (+$20)
(please message me to see if I service your area).
This makes an incredible gift for a loved one in their postpartum period, which could be in the first few days after birth, or years after birth. Postpartum is forever.
This honouring ritual can be done at any time following birth, however, it is best to wait until lochia has cleared.
I trust that you will know when you are ready for this sacred ceremony.
This includes miscarriage as the body still undergoes expansion and results in a postpartum mama.
I am here for you.
Please allow up to 2.5 - 3 hours.
Exchange for this ceremony is $250.
Payment plans available.
If you would like this in the comfort of your home, please reach out to find out if I service that area.
(+$20 for mobile ceremony).