Closing The Bones Ceremony


Golden Palm Frond
"We cannot change our minds unless we change our brains.
The brain changes with ceremony."

~ Alberto Viloldo

This slow gentle ceremonial rocking and firm swaddling of the body has been an age-old practice in the cultures of Mexico, Ecuador, Morocco, Russia, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
It comes to us from the midwifery traditions, wherein there is a long standing tradition of using this ceremony to 'close the bones' of a postpartum woman to return her to her own centre and integrate her personal transformation into motherhood after the great expansion and transition that occurs on many levels during both pregnancy and birth.

In my initial personal experience of receiving this and then in the experiences of my clients, I have found that men and women in any phase of life transition can benefit deeply from this ceremony because it can not only reset the nervous system to a primal cellular memory of safety but also nurtures its evolution for new roles, phases and cycles. Thus, it can certainly fulfill the function of a rite of passage.

closing the bones pelvic wrapping TRANSITIONS

Closing The Bones supports women during Postpartum, Post Miscarriage and with Still Birth, Abortion and Hysterectomy.

It also supports every Human Being on Earth at this time of intense transition into a New World.
For this too, is a Great Birthing!

The Ceremony generates a unique space reminiscent of returning to the warm nurturing safety of The Womb by creating a sacred chrysalis when I physically wrap your body with large pieces of fabric. Your every cell remembers this space which is why this process can serve such a potent reset. When I wrap your body, I weave your cocoon in which you are like the caterpillar going through the transformation process of turning into a butterfly.
  • Closing The Bones allows for deep innate processing that can facilitate profound healing or resolution - physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually
  • It can put you back together or keep you together during times when you feel yourself unravelling.
    (Including if you have been subjected to or have opened yourself to trauma.)
  • It allows a deep release of tension from the Body - Mind.
  • It can close a cycle - any cycle that is asking to be honoured and integrated.
  • It can mark the leaving behind of an 'old you' and the re-emergence of a 'new you'.

Postpartum Support

Ideally the 'bones are closed' as soon as 6 hours after birth, but it can also be done decades afterwards, with the same extraordinary results.
Traditionally, it is also facilitated multiple times during the very special "4th Trimester" - the first 40 days postpartum, to assist with post-natal recovery.
It can be a beautiful ritual when your baby is 9 months old, or to mark whenever breastfeeding has come to a close as a powerful nurturing way of reclaiming your body.

Ideal Support For Significant Life Changes or Struggles
  • Loss of a job or change in career
  • Divorce or the ending of any relationship - during or after
  • Shocks that have caused PTSD, trauma, anxiety or panic attacks
  • Moving, buying, selling or loosing a home
  • Terminal illness or the death of a loved one
  • Soothes and calms chronic stress that has caused burn-out or fried nerves
  • Overwhelm at any level, sensory over-stimulation, ADHD or Autism
  • Chronic disease, terminal illness or a debilitating injury
  • Will play a role in healing physical, sexual, emotional or psychological abuse
  • During or after any internal death-rebirth process

A Way Of Honouring Women's Rites Of Passage
  • Menarche (A young woman's community may wish to celebrate her in this way)
  • Marriage (Part of a Hen's Gathering?)
  • Menopause
+ It's a wonderful experience to receive on your birthday!

  • First I smudge your body with White Sage to clear your energy fields in preparation of Sacred Ceremony.

  • Then you're invited to lay down while I guide you into a rhythmic Self-Healing Breathing pattern, to the beat of my medicine drum

  • Then you'll receive bodywork that addresses the heart-womb connection via meridian work and abdominal massage.
    (THIS IS PARTICULARLY HELPFUL FOR POST-PARTUM WOMEN as it seeks to encourage your uterus, bladder and pubic bone back into their pre-pregnant position and in the case of the uterus back to it's usual size.
    The massage also stimulates the blood circulation which in turn cleans, renews and moves fluids (and may greatly help with milk supply and lochia); moves hormones, renews the immune system, tones the muscles and renews the tissues.)

  • Now I slowly and gently wrap your body and remain present with you while you 'cocoon', deepen and let go into the timeless inner spaciousness of renewal and mystery.

  • After your ceremony I bring you some warm tea and quietly listen to anything you feel to share about your experience, healing or integration. Silence is of course honoured, too.

My treatment room is in Boronia, about 40mins from Melbourne's CBD by car and a 5 minute walk from the Boronia train station.


It's difficult for new mums with bubs to head out to appointments, so I can bring this ceremony to the comfort of your own home.

My travel fees are determined by drive time and since the Melbourne metro area is a very busy place this is calaculated according to the time of day you book in for.
The hourly flat rate is $60/hr of drive time there and back, which factors in packing and unpacking my car up with everything I need at both ends.

  1. Book in for an appointment and select the "Travel" Option
  2. Based on your location and the time of day you're booking in for, I'll calculate the drive time and then send you an email letting you know how much the travel costs will be.

• Complimentary Discovery Call
• Closing The Bones Ceremony

Barbara Ma-El laughing in the Ocean

Barbara Ma-El

I've been awakening, healing & working within the timeless Ways Of The Womb over the past 20 years - as a Birth Doula, as a Pregnancy Photographer, globally as a Workshop Facilitator & in the Healing Arts.

I carry deep Medicine of the Womb-Heart.
The stories I've thrown into the fire have forged and activated these depths.
One of my greatest joys is to share the knowledge I’ve attained & transmit the healing I’ve embodied - thus far.
This is my soul’s calling.

I tend a holy flame that together with our men, we may Envision, Dream & Create our world anew from the inside-out, in celebration and in the hot wild fierce fire of Love - Wisely & Powerfully!


  • I'm a survivor who has done & will always continue to do the deep internal work to emerge from and forever thrive after:
    - abuse
    - fake spiritual teachers
    - deception and mind control

  • I'm a qualified Mizan Therapist

    Mizan Therapy is a Traditional Reproductive Healing modality that has ancient roots in many Cultures around the world. Cultures that hold the Wisdom of how to care for, nurture and heal Women's Bodies - naturally, non-invasively and respectfully.

  • I'm a trained and embodied Golden Lotus Practitioner

    Golden Lotus is a meridian based modality that is founded in the Ancient Taoist approach to Awakening, the Female Body and Reproductive System. It comprises of meditations, movement practices, sexual and spiritual energy education modules which cultivate Spiritual Awakening, Sexual Activation and Embodied Sovereignty.

  • I'm an Advanced Liquid Crystals Practitioner

    The Liquid Crystals are vibrational geometric remedies held in pure water, comprising The Earth's Evolutionary Mineral Therapy.

    ∞ Practitioner Training - Level 1 (2011) & Advanced (2014 + 2017)
    ∞ The Crystalline Seeds of Physical Healing (2012)
    ∞ The Crystalline Way of Oneness (2012)
    ∞ The Crystalline Consciousness Directives / The 12 Crystal Skulls (2012)
    ∞ The Star Child Directives 1 (2013) & 2 (2014)
    ∞ The Teachers of the Great Oceans 1 (2013) & 2 (2019)
    ∞ The Garment Of Stars (2016)
    ∞ Art of The Shadow Warrior - The Shadow Chaser Series (2016)
    ∞ The Liquid Trees - Earth Healing for Love & Relationships (2017)
    ∞ TLC Practically - The Pleiadian Way (2018)
    ∞ The Roles Of Love (Liquid Trees.2) (2019)
    ∞ Nature Sync - The Elemental Merge (2021 - ongoing)
    ∞ ITAP (Individually Tailored Ascension Program) (2021 - ongoing)

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