The "Closing of the Bones" ritual is commonly performed in Mexican/Latin American midwifery. It is ideally done 3 days postpartum, but can be beneficial for any Mom, any number of years postpartum! It can actually address any kind of depletion a person may be experiencing.
After receiving a ritual bath with a warm herbal infusion, the Mother is wrapped up and layed down. Two partners sequentially "hug" her body together, from crown to toes, with a Rebozo, Faja, or other long piece of cloth. Once complete, she is allowed to lie quietly and integrate her experience.
This process literally helps "close" a Mother's body, which "opens" in so many ways, both in preparation for, and during birth itself. During the ritual, pelvic bones are pulled back to their pre-pregnancy placement, and shrinkage of the uterus is facilitated.
The ritual can also help "close" a new Mother energetically, as both pregnancy, and particularly the intense process of labor and birth, can be very vulnerable times for a woman, psychologically and psychically.
The loss of blood during birth is thought to induce a "cold" state in a postpartum Mama, so the hot bath helps restore her warmth. It can also increase milk flow, help milk to let down into the breasts, prevent the breast milk from being "cold," and address muscle fatigue, heaviness in the limbs, edema, appetite loss and constipation.
Hot baths alone can positively influence cardiovascular, hormonal, immune, musculoskeletal and respiratory systems. The herbs for the Bano de Hierbas are specifically chosen to stimulate circulation, energize the body, fight infection, and recover vital heat and moisture. The essential oils released by the herbs affect recuperation, balance, and relaxation.
The simple and sweet act of receiving a bath from another attends both to a woman's spirit and her recovering body, helping make the Closing of the Bones a beautiful gift to yourself, or someone you love.