Bengkung Belly Binding
Bengkung is a traditional Malaysian belly binding method. Essentially it is a practice of tying a long strip of cloth around the abdomen during the postpartum recovery period to ensure a strong support to our womb after childbirth.
Why belly-binding ?
- It helps to slim the ribcage, belly and hips.
- Pulls in the separated abdominal muscles (diastasis recti) back together.
- Prevents back pain. While wearing it, you are reminded to sit and walk straight, a good antidote to the “nursing-slouch”.
- Decreases postpartum bleeding time by speeding up the process of getting rid of waste blood in a natural way.
- It’s an ancient traditional natural way of healing after birth.
- It feels good!
Wrapping the belly is an effective and important part of a mama’s recovery in the postpartum stage of her journey. It aids the body to shrink and recover in shorter period of time, normally six to eight weeks. A Bengkung belly wrap provides a mama’s postpartum body with complete support to assist abdominal wall muscle retraction, improve posture, stabilize loosened ligaments, and provide support to the torso while vital organs return to their pre-pregnancy size and position.
During pregnancy a mama’s body retains water, fat, and air which cause her body to swell and expand, including the organs in the womb area such as the cervix and vagina. The water retained by cells supported the amniotic fluid and the purpose of the air was to cushion the baby, mama’s internal organs, and bones as her center of gravity shifted and her baby grew bigger and bigger. This is why a mama gets more and more swollen during the last months of pregnancy. When a baby is born, the excess water, fat, and flatulence are no longer needed and the cells will naturally release and shrink back to their pre-pregnant size. However, the purpose of a post-pregnancy wrap is to speed up this process with constant pressure on the abdomen and torso area.
A long post-pregnancy wrap provides a holistic support to all the abdominal and pelvic organs, including the muscles in the pelvic area. Support to the pelvic area is very important in the immediate weeks after birth as a mama’s cervix dilates 10 cm when active labor is reached, this is the equivalent to the size of an average bagel. Therefore the pressure of a longer wrap on the hip area helps the cervix shrink and allows the pelvic muscles to heal without being further stretched. Steady, pressured support on the hips allows the body to “close” more easily than if just left in its expanded state. The Bengkung style of binding is known to help heal diastasis recti with the constant supportive pressure on the abdomen area.
The Belly bind is most effective and best used during the first 8 weeks postpartum but can be useful for support during anytime of the postpartum period.
Ideal to start 3-4 days postpartum
* Package includes Bengkung Belly Binding wrap and five Binding Sessions in the early postpartum days. I will come to your home in the early postpartum days to wrap you on five different days.
* Belly Firming Paste is made with 100% natural ingredients that have warming properties which stimulate blood flow to the area on and around the abdomen, resulting in the firming, toning, and strengthening of the internal stomach muscles as well as the loose abdominal skin. The ingredients also stimulate the body to release retained water in the tummy and torso area.
The most common closing ritual [after childbirth] is a ceremonial bath, which both honors and recognizes a mama's strength and selfless sacrifice she went through to birth her child into the world. In Malaysia, there is an ancient ceremonial practice to end the postpartum recovery period on the 44th day after delivery. The mother is given a floral bath. The fragrant flowers symbolically wash away the scent of blood, or lochia, which has been dispelled from the mama's body the past weeks, restoring her feminine aroma. Each mama is considered "perfect" just as she is, even after birth when women do not feel particularly beautiful.
This special mixture is kept overnight and added together in a floral bath. The mama is bestowed with prayers for her health and strength. A traditional Malay closing bath starts with pouring water upon the feet and moves up slowly to the knees, thighs, abdomen, chest and lastly the head. After the bath, the mother will be given an exotic sweet drink .
Rebozo Ceremonial Tuck-In
A warming oil rubdown is given to help with relaxation before the mama is wrapped in rebozos and warm socks of rice. Closing the birth process is critical for so many reasons, to energetically complete the birth process, to physically heal the body and to spiritually step over the threshold from maiden to mother.
Postpartum Hot Stone Abdominal Press
A traditional hot stone abdominal press is a technique using heated stones with TCM (traditional chinese medicine) herbs. This practice infuses deep heat over the entire body, but focuses on the abdomen and torso area. It promotes:Faster shrinking of the womb flattens the tummyExpels trapped airHelps with digestion and constipationBreaks up residual blood clots allowing for the lockia to flow more easily speeding the healing processThe effects on the body:Relieves tense muscles Begins to breakdown stubborn pregnancy body fatOverall circulation
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