CLOSING OF THE BONES
In the ancient traditions of Mexican Midwives, there exists a profound ceremony known as La Cerrada, or a "Closing of the Bones". This beautiful healing ritual allows new mothers to revere their bodies, symbolically "closing" their energetic space around the 41st day after birth, marking the end of the transformative fourth trimester, a phase often overlooked in our Western culture. Pregnancy and the miraculous journey of childbirth can leave a woman feeling vulnerable, both psychologically and spiritually.
This ceremony holds space for postpartum mothers, those who have experienced a loss of a baby, abortion, or anyone seeking closure after a significant life event such as separation, illness, or any transformative stage.
The ceremony begins with a ritual bath, and V-steam or bajo de hierbas, where you are immersed in a warm herbal infusion carefully selected to invigorate circulation, boost vitality, and restore vital warmth and moisture to counteract any postpartum "cold" states. The herbs, infused with essential oils, release their therapeutic properties, promoting recuperation, balance, and relaxation.
Next, you are gently wrapped in a rebozo, faja, or shawl, and lovingly embraced by two partners who sequentially "hug" your body from crown to toe. This nurturing embrace realigns and releases any muscular pain or tension that may have accumulated. Careful attention are dedicated to closing the hip bones, ensuring balance and support around the pubic bones, belly, and hips.
The Closing of the Bones is an intimate ritual conducted in the comfort of your own home, where I bring the magic to you. It can be a simple and tender experience for you and your baby, or we can create a beautiful ceremony tailored to your desires. You may choose to invite a few trusted women to join you in this sacred experience.
Please allocate approximately 3-4 hours for the entire process, including setup and time for breastfeeding your baby. It is advisable to have an extra pair of hands, such as the presence of a friend, or even Papa, to tend to your little one while we engage in the ceremony.