POSTPARTUM MOTHER EMBRACE
The Mother Embrace, also known as “Hip closing or bones closing” has been practiced by Native American traditional midwives for centuries in order to close the postpartum cycle (“dieta”), reactivate the energetic channels and return the body’s heat after the birth, allowing the woman to integrate the birthing process and embrace her female essence, not only as a mother but as a woman.
The Mother Embrace ritual is recommended 40 days after the birth, however, it can be done at any time when the woman feels the need for it, even years after giving birth.
The Mother Embrace gives the mother, the woman, an opportunity to remember her labor and child’s birth process and address those spaces that need to be healed in this important transition of life, embracing motherhood and reembodying the woman that she is. During this beautiful ceremony enjoying the pampering of her body and soul, the mother allows herself to let go of physical, emotional and spiritual tension.
As every mother has her own preferences and needs our Postpartum Mother Embrace is unique and customized for you. Some or all of this rituals and techniques are used during the Mother’s Embrace in addition to the energetic Embrace:
“hip or bones closing” with Rebozo
During the pregnancy, labor and childbirth, we can see how the hips open and the pelvic bones, the sacrum and coccix move in order to allow the growth and passage of the baby, becoming wider and wider. After the birth it is paramount to help close the hip and pelvic bones back to their normal width, otherwise mothers suffer from pelvic instability, and leak energy. In traditional native cultures, the 40 days of the postnatal period represents a sacred time, after this period is over the mother is offered a treatment called “hip closing or “closing of the bones”. The closing the bones treatment involves the use of a traditional shawl called a Manta also known as a rebozo in Mexico, to rock and articulate the mother's hips, followed by a complex abdominal and pelvic girdle rubbing using a warming oil, and then finished by tightly wrapping the cloth around the woman's hips and other articulations. The sifting with the rebozo and oil application stimulates blood flow which in turn; cleans, renews, moves fluids and also help with the stimulation of milk production, moves hormones, stimulates the immune system, and helps tone muscles and tissues.
Beyond the physical aspect of closing the bones, there is also a spiritual aspect to the treatment. Our hips also support the weight of the spine and head and they are therefore the seat of unresolved emotions and trauma; the smudging, wrapping and gentle rocking with the rebozos contributes to the general well being by tuning the energies that have been moved during the birthing process , and provides a safe space/ritual for the mother to feel nurtured and release emotions associated with the birth helping her integrating the birthing experience and embrace her new motherhood.