Closing the bones
The Moroccan way

September 22nd 2018
Dubai - UAE

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Closing the Bones in Morocco is known as (الشّد - Al Shedd - to close). Sometimes it is referred to as closing the nfissa (new mother) or closing of bones. It is the 5th stage of healing and a very important one.

It is a sacred, ancient and traditional ritual and ceremony, which is actually quite hard to put into words. It is not a 'massage' as we are now accustomed to, but it is a body work ritual performed with the use of a traditional cloth, worn and used by women until today. It is done by 1 or 2 is much easier with two women.

The woman is 'swaddled' 'closed' 'pulled' using this cloth from head to toe. Starting from the head and going down, all parts of the body are closed, aiming to aid the bones, muscles, organs and everything to slowly go back to the pre-pregnancy state. After the full closing, the women lays on her side and her legs are massaged and rubbed strongly, her hips are squeezed down, her pubic bone is slightly pushed and then a belly binding is done using the same cloth. There is also another variation where the woman is also closed on her side and also massaged with olive oil on her legs, arms and stomach.

It is a sacred ritual and ceremony, which heals the new mother but also helps to close the pregnancy and birth phase which has ended. It is a physical, emotional and spiritual experience; usually prayers are made before starting. It is combined with other nourishing, nurturing and celebrative rituals, rather than a stand-alone affair.

It is commonly known to be used for postpartum women, however in Morocco, it was also previously used during the wars when Moroccan men would come back after a rigorous day and need to be 'closed' to recover and heal and go back to war again.

Being taught for the first time in Dubai for any woman who wants to offer this service to other women or just for knowledge.

Every woman that attends will be certified to offer these services and listed on our directory once certified.


12:00 - 12:30
Welcome and Introduction

12:30 - 13:00
Appropriation & How to Certify

13:00 - 13:45

13:45 - 14:00

14:00 - 16:45
Practice & Experiencing

16:45 - 17:00
Closing Circle


450 AED (95 GBP)

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