A Rebozo is the Mexican name for a scarf or shawl, traditionally given to a young woman as she comes of age - either at puberty or marriage. It can be used for many things, from carrying food, fuel or babies to keeping warm or sheltering from the sun - even as a shroud!
Rebozo Massage, or La Manteada, is not unique to Mexico or even South America. Scarf based massage techniques are used all over the world, though elsewhere it will have a different name.
La Manteada, or Rebozo Massage, can be performed anywhere. The recipient remains fully clothed and the shawl is used to work on almost any part of the body.
The long history of effective use of the rebozo by women in pregnancy, labour and post partum, in particular, is starting to be noticed by practitioners world over.
The main technique, known as sifting, is a gentle rocking of the body. Rocking is common to many forms of bodywork, however, using a Rebozo to perform the rocking, offers a uniquely "held" experience that can lend itself to an even deeper release of physical and emotional trauma.
Tying the Rebozo tightly round the joints of the body, after sifting, can assist in further release. After child birth, it can help to bring balance to the pelvic girdle and is known as "Closing the Bones".
Closing the Bones
In many cultures, the first 40 days after childbirth are seen as sacred. In Mexico, a "Closing the Bones Ceremony" is traditionally offered to a new mother up to five times during this period - starting as few as just six hours after giving birth.
The Ceremony begins with space clearing, includes gentle abdominal massage, sifting and time bound in tightened Rebozos for a deeper release.
Julia offers this sacred space for both new or not-so-new Mothers. But it can be equally suitable for anyone who has experienced, or is still getting over, other physical or emotional trauma.
A friend likened a Closing the Bones Ceremony to "an all-over body hug". It makes the perfect gift after childbirth or recent trauma. Call Julia on 07833545008 to book an appointment.