Have you ever heard about “Closing the birth” ceremony? Why do we need to close births? Below in this article I gave you interesting facts about postpartum traditions around the world and meaning behind them.
In this blog I wrote many posts about support of the body during pregnancy with asanas and breathing exercises
You also can find my free prenatal yoga classes in my instagram blog @doula.bangkok
And this time I would like to share with you information about physical and mental health after delivery and what helps to sustain it.
Naturally, as a yoga teacher, I always will promote postnatal yoga. But, as you might know, first 4-5 weeks it’s recommended not to practice at all. Is there anything we can do meanwhile to gently start postpartum recovery?
Many cultures around the world have their own ways to care about women postnatally. Mexico with their reboso massages, Russia with their sauna and body brushing, Thailand with aromatic yu fai , Malaysia with belly binding, India and China – with an abundance of recipes from Ayurveda and TCM. In my work I like to combine all that knowledge. Especially since there are lots of similarities: the principle of warmth, nurturing, love and support.
In labor body is opening and dilating. Postpartum, at list during first couple weeks, mother’s body is still “open” and sensitive to drafts, lack of rest, heavy food. any unkind words. That is why it is important to be gentle and kind, warm and loving around young mother. And sometime after delivery we need to facilitate “closing” of a body and mind to establish healthy recovery.
Indigenous people of Mexico, slavic, asian people have special ceremony for that. In Mexico it’s called “Closing the bones”, in Russia “Swaddling of the mother” in Malasia “Sacred belly binding”. You can find many other names and practices, but they all about warming, eliminate tension after delivery, toxins and negative emotions, tightening pelvis and belly, and celebrate woman and her new stage in live. Here is a little video with demonstration and details about “Closing birth ceremony”.
If you are looking for this kind of ritual in Thailand, Bangkok – contact me by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by instagram – @doula.bangkok
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