Based on traditional South American postnatal rituals “Closing the Bones” is an abdominal massage technique that uses a woven cloth shawl to support healing and recovery in the postnatal period. The session I offer is taught by Sophie Messager and Maddie McMahon and is based on the teaching of Rocio Alarcon an Ecuadorian shaman, healer and ethnobotanist. The principles of Closing the Bones are based upon the knowledge that pregnancy and birth is about the body opening and becoming wider, and that supporting the body to close and come together again is beneficial in the postnatal period. In other cultures around the world there is a period of postnatal recovery for women, where they are nurtured and supported, and may receive massages similar to closing the bones a number of times to aid recovery and recuperation.
The session will involve a relaxed and informal chat so that we can get to know each other before moving onto a gentle and nurturing massage focusing on hips and abdomen. Using a shawl to rock and release the hips and lower back through gentle and soothing sifting, followed by an abdominal and hip massage which uses essential oils to enhance relaxation, the session will conclude with a second period of sifting and the wrapping where you are wrapped around the hips and abdomen and allowed to rest and be calm deciding when you are ready to be unwrapped. At all times you are in control of the intensity, pace and strength of the ritual.
It provides an opportunity to reflect on experiences in a safe space with someone who will listen with compassion and understanding. Closing the Bones is not just for the immediate postnatal period, and women at all stages of life may enjoy this relaxing ceremony that many find restorative, meditative and warming. Closing the Bones can be healing for women who have experienced loss or trauma and need the opportunity to reflect and explore their feelings.
The session last approximately 2 hours and will take place in your own home, babes in arms are welcome. I will bring everything needed, and my only requirement is a space to work with you. Prices starting at £50 dependent on location.
“What a wonderful experience. Donna is such a warm and friendly person, really makes you feel at ease. She explained all about her training and you can see how passionate she is about what she does.
The treatment was so relaxing. I really enjoyed it.
Bonus that she left a bottle of the oil used with me. Smells amazing!
Cannot recommend enough.
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If you are interested in scheduling a session with me or would like to know more please get in touch. A closing the bones gift voucher would also make a wonderful gift a friend or family member, please contact me if you would like to purchase a gift voucher.
More information on Closing the Bones can be found here: www.closingthebonesmassage.com