Closing of the Bones Ceremony

Inspired by a Mexican practice of anointing, massaging and wrapping the mother in the Mayan tradition, this is done between 6-8 weeks postpartum.  After giving birth women often feel physically, emotionally and even spiritually very open and vulnerable.  Their whole being-muscles, bones, spirit and psyche have been stretched beyond previous limits to bring life into the world. This ceremony is designed not only to close the physical body (bones and joints) but also to restore equilibrium to the psychic and emotional body.  As the mother has been a portal for carrying new life, she has walked the threshold between worlds and needs to grounded back into her body. My custom ceremony includes rocking  and wrapping of the different joints of the body, aromatherapy, massage, Reiki, and blessings to each body part for the role it has played in carrying, birthing, and nurturing new life.  This practice has been used to mark the transition from the period of rest after the birth to the return to work. It brings a lovely closure to the care of her midwife and is often the first time a woman has taken a moment for herself since giving birth.