Postpartum closing is one of the best gifts that can be given to a woman after childbirth. It is a moment for her to relax, share anything that she is holding onto about her birth experience, and be emotionally held in a kind and trusting atmosphere.
Modern urban mothers usually have little time and opportunities for themselves, and are not able to fully heal their mind and body the way that it needs to be after birth. Natural rhythms remain the same. A woman’s body needs 6 weeks to recover and adapt to having a new baby. Doing the postpartum closing ritual helps the mother dedicate time to her healing like she should, and can be very helpful to this process physically and mentally.
If the reason behind wanting to do the closing is more physical, doing the postpartum closing in the first two months is ideal. At this time, the body is still as soft as possible, and is open to accept bodily influence and care. If more time has passed for you, but you are feeling called to do a postpartum closing, then most likely there is still more physiological work needing to be done; not everyone’s body is fully recovered after two months. This kind of closing can be done anytime in life. It is more common within the first two years, but if you find yourself feeling the need for this kind of treatment 5-10 years after birth, it is okay too; there may still be some blockages and difficult memories that need to be shared and released.
1. Changing dynamical patterns
The change in the center of gravity of a woman’s body, which occurs smoothly during pregnancy, occurs very abruptly during childbirth. But the conflict between the body and the nervous system is that the brain has already formed a dynamical pattern. It controls the movements based on the past – pregnancy. Only deep relaxation can erase the memory of acquired movements during pregnancy. This is achieved by a slow warm up, deep massage, a peaceful atmosphere that must be created.
2. Decreased postpartum elasticity of ligaments and joints
During childbirth, a lot of the hormone “relaxin” is released in order to relax the joints and ligaments. Excessive sweating of a woman can significantly reduce the elasticity of the body, provoked by this hormone, which provides a fairly stable effect of the procedure. This brings your body back together.
3. Stimulation of the blood, and circulation
Deep warming and massage, as well as static contraction (closing) of the body stimulate metabolism and the blood circulation. Deep regeneration processes are included. All blood depots are also actively used, which allows a woman to quickly recover.
4. Detoxification of the body
Lymphatic drainage, used in the procedure, is the basis for the internal cleansing process and allows the deepest possible cleaning of tissues from cellular waste products. Warming up and massages increase the flow of lymph while ensuring a faster recovery.
5. Removal of tissue edema, body restoration
At the same time, lymphatic drainage provides a more even distribution of fluid or its partial removal from the body. Edema subsides, metabolism improves, and the body returns to normal. To enhance the effect, special oils and spices are used.
6. Normalization of the mental state
After childbirth, enough endorphins are released to support a woman’s tired body and psyche. But on the 5th day, they disappear. The woman begins to feel the true state of her body, and her mood deteriorates significantly. Warmth, rest, care from others, and relaxation allow her hormones to balance, bringing them into harmony and reducing the risk of postpartum depression.
7. Normalization of bowel function
Often, after childbirth, atony occurs in the muscles of the intestines, and for a woman it is very difficult to go to the toilet in large quantities. The length of the small intestine depends on its tone. Its atonized long loops can creep into the large intestine and partially pass into the small pelvis, thus preventing the uterus from not only contracting, but also getting into place. The warmth and straightening of the internal organs help in solving this problem.
8. Correction of the pelvic joints
During labor, the pelvic bones perform many movements. This is to make it easier to miss the baby’s head. Therefore, the bones of the pelvis after childbirth are also not in place. For many, these problems have been occuring for a long time – such as pain in the sacroiliac joints and discrepancy of the pubic symphysis. You may also feel relief from hemorrhoids caused by childbirth and vaginal swelling.
9. Aligning of internal organs
This is an important step in the ceremony to put the uterus back in place. Alignment of the abdomen allows you to correct the position of the uterus while all the ligaments are still very elastic. After active sweating, the ligaments lose their elasticity, which ensures a fairly stable effect of the procedure.
10. Prevention of postpartum depression
It has been noticed that after the closing ritual, the woman’s mood improves significantly and that this treatment can help with emerging postpartum depression.
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