Natal Hypnotherapy Cotswolds
|6th May 2021|
Covid-19 update - We are unable to provide this service at present, but hoping to get it going again before long. Get in touch to find out more or reserve a place.
~ CLOSING THE BONES AND POST NATAL ABDOMINAL MASSAGE ~
“‘Closing The Bones’ is a beautiful and long standing cultural ceremony, honouring women’s bodies and the exceptional work they do in performing birth, whichever form the birth takes”.
It's a gentle and nourishing ritual, supporting and comforting women who have given birth both recently
However, as it’s known to be such a beneficial part of the recovery process, in most cases there’s no reason to wait. After the year we’ve all had in 2020, everyone could do with some nourishing and cherishing in 2021, and this is a wonderful way to feel special after the birth of your baby.
Once upon a time, women enjoyed postpartum body-work wherever they lived in the world. The knowledge was passed orally from one generation to another. Then the practice started disappearing in many parts and only now we’re re-learning it, from our sisters in South America.
Traditionally, Closing the Bones is repeated 5-6 times during the forty sacred days following birth. In some places, women are treated to a full body massage every day for a month after their baby is born, as well as given special nourishing foods, binding and wrapping, and all-round cherishing, as much as baby.
Women open themselves up ‘energetically’ during pregnancy and birth, after which they need to come back to themselves.
Our Closing the Bones ceremony combines body binding with a postnatal recovery massage, rebozo “sifting”, a delightfully relaxing foot bath, and a chance to offload any negative feelings around the pregnancy, birth or parenthood using EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) or “tapping”.
The postnatal recovery massage was designed to realign and balance the mother, as well as help her return to her centre, both physically and energetically. It was developed over eighteen months by Sophie Messager and Teddy Brookes, covering many sessions.
Sophie, among many other things, is a birth doula and healer and has been offering and teaching the floor work ‘Closing the Bones’ for over 5 years, together with Teddy who is a highly regarded osteopath from Cambridge. Sophie practised with lovely Ecuadorian Rocia Alarcon, herself trained in midwifery, shamanism and with a PhD in Ethnobotany.
Closing the Bones and the postnatal recovery massage benefit women’s mental and emotional wellbeing as well as their physical.
Thank you to Sophie for making it one of her missions that as many women as possible should benefit from this practice.
This is what we’d like to offer you.
Our intention is to create a sacred space for you where we can honour and acknowledge your experience of birth; showing tenderness and gratitude to your body; bringing it back to itself; closing its' energy channels and letting go of any emotional ties that no longer serve you.
We start with a foot bath and chat, whilst tapping through your meridian points using EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), allowing emotions to arise and then release.
Following this we’ll do ‘sifting’, both standing up and lying down, using the rebozo fabric. This includes hip rocking and binding. (Hips are the seat of our unresolved emotions).
Then the abdominal massage with oil, where you are encouraged to feed back to us, letting us know if you’d like more or less of anything and are always in control. The intention with this massage, which is above your pubic bone and around your tummy, including hips and lower back, is to warm and relax your muscles; stimulate & release your hormones; get fluids moving & cleansing; boost your immune system; tone your muscles & tissues and reduce anxiety & depression, moving your body from being in a sympathetic state (fight or flight) to a parasympathetic one (your body’s restore & recovery setting).
Then 'Closing The Bones' itself, where you will be bound and cocooned with six rebozo fabrics, then covered with a warming blanket, and left to rest, as your body releases any held tensions.
The ceremony is performed by me and doula sister, Sarah Boyd. We've been doulas for many years and both well practiced in using the rebozo, and really excited to be offering this wonderful opportunity to mums in 2021.
Where does it happen?
The ceremony takes place in a beautiful studio room in the heart of Cheltenham, with free parking directly outside.
How long does it take?
The ceremony usually takes between two and three hours to complete, leaving you rested, refreshed and revitalised.
Can I bring my baby?
If you are breastfeeding, or cannot easily leave your baby at home whilst you are with Georgie and Sarah, then you are welcome to bring baby.
However, please remember that this ceremony is for YOU, to make YOU feel special and nurtured, so you don’t want to have to be thinking about baby’s needs whilst you are trying to switch off.
It can therefore be helpful if you can bring someone else - your partner, friend, mum, sister - to look after your baby whilst the ceremony is taking place. We are happy to stop any time if your baby needs feeding, then we can continue when baby is happy to be handed back to his or her carer.
How much is it?
We are currently offering this session at the introductory price of £180.00.
“After quite a traumatic birth, the last thing I wanted to do was relive the whole thing. But in speaking to Georgie she helped me to see that it might actually be very beneficial. So I booked a session with Georgie and Sarah to do a Bone Closing Ceremony. I didn’t really know what to expect and in all honesty I think I probably didn’t expect much out of it. In the build up I felt quite nervous, mainly about the idea of having to talk through my birth story. I really had nothing to worry about!! Immediately on arrival Georgie and Sarah made me feel so at ease and I have to say they’re total miracle workers! The EFT part of the ceremony has been so helpful that I finally feel at peace with everything that happened at the birth. The rest of the bone closing ceremony was definitely the most relaxed and nurtured I’ve felt since I became a mother. I left feeling like a weight had been lifted. Since then I’ve recommended it to so many friends. I think every mother should do it if they have the chance. Thank you Georgie and Sarah for working wonders on and taking such great care of me.”
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