Closing the Bones & Deeper into Closing the Bones Facilitating Workshop

Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th February 2020
9.30am-5.30pm each day
Location: Greenhouse Therapies 40 Parkgate Rd, Chester CH1 4AJ

Cost: See below

Would you like to learn how to offer the beautiful Closing the Bones ceremony to other women?

The Closing the Bones ceremony (CtB), sometimes also known as Rebozo massage, is a deeply nurturing treatment that focuses on the abdomen and hips (with also upper body work possible), and that can include Rebozo massage techniques for the entire body (shoulders, torso, back, hips, full arms and legs).

Although it’s not only a postnatal practice (keep reading!), CtB is traditionally done during the postpartum period (the 40-day “4th trimester” of pregnancy) to support women who have recently gone through the extremely opening experience of pregnancy, labour and childbirth (during which a woman allows another soul to take birth through her). It helps a woman to find her own self and centre again and allows her to be sealed back into herself. Yet, the sealing or closing can still be done decades after a woman has given birth with the same extraordinarily transformational effects. Moreover, CtB is also incredibly healing after the loss of a baby, a miscarriage, stillbirth or abortion.

Yet, it is not an exclusive postpartum treatment… The massage can be used to mark major times of transition in a woman’s life (irrespective of whether she has given birth or not), such as young girls starting their period – most women indicate to feel tremendous relief from period pains when receiving the massage on the first few days of their menstruation – , marriage, divorce or the end of a relationship, moving home, transitioning between jobs, marking the menopause, … And its magic doesn’t end there: it can also be used to support men, women and children who suffer from anxiety, shock, trauma, PTSD, ADD, autism, or who feel overwhelmed or over-stimulated. Anyone with a pelvis will benefit from CtB!

You can read a lot more about what Closing the Bones entails, and what treatments look like, on my webpage and on our international website of which you’ll be invited to become a part:

Do you feel called to use and integrate this very sacred and devotional work professionally (you might e.g. already be a birth worker, doula, midwife, massage therapist, pregnancy or postnatal yoga teacher, …)? Or do you maybe just want to be able to offer your near and dear ones (family, friends, people in your community, …) one of the most nourishing and soulful gifts you could gift them? You would be joining a tribe of nearly 500 women (and a few men) who are passionate about nurturing (mainly) women in this way – and we make sure to give you all the possible tools to really help you connect with that tribe and feel supported by them on your own journey as bone closer.

In this two-day workshop you will learn both the basic AND the advanced techniques of the Closing the Bones ceremony (generally referred to as Closing the Bones & Deeper Into Closing the Bones), which will allow you to start offering this ceremony to women (and men, and children) around you. You will be certified so that you can get insurance. Participant numbers are consciously kept small so that there is plenty of time for individual attention – we try to limit the group to 14 people. The workshop covers the background and history of the massage, the tutors’ experience of giving the massage, a practical demo, practice of the massage, debrief of the experience and a group closing ceremony to finish each day.


Dr. Japjeet Kaur (previously known as dr. Nele Bemong, before she became a Sikh) gained her PhD in 19th-century literary studies and worked in academia (at K.U.Leuven in Belgium & Penn University in Philadelphia, USA) for over a decade before she left her academic career in 2011, to embark on a life focused on serving others in their journey towards consciousness, awareness and healing. Since 2012 she has been working full-time as a yoga teacher and holistic therapist. She is based in Leicester, UK. She combines her teaching of Kundalini Yoga (which she has been teaching since 2008) with serving new yoga teachers in KY teacher training programs; teaching pregnancy, postnatal & baby yoga; and postnatal doulaing. She will also be training to become a postnatal doula trainer. She combines all this with offering Closing the Bones ceremonies and yogic massages, as well as training others in both these massage disciplines, and with working as a health & nutrition coach, life & yoga coach, and her work as an aromatherapist (which includes her making her own line of organic skincare and natural cleaning products). Find out more about Japjeet on her website:  

Location & host

Dee Kelsall will be hosting us in her Greenhouse Therapies training centre .  The address is 40 Parkgate Road, Chester. CH1 4AJ

Training fee & meals

The training fee for the weekend (Saturday & Sunday) is £240.

The training fee includes a set of handouts with very detailed instructions of the techniques (which have been explained and validated by an osteopath) and theory learnt, as well as video instructions of each part of the massage (to help you even better as you start practicing at home). Moreover, it also draws on the unique mix of traditional and scientific knowledge that is collected between us in the CtB training team. You will also get access to a very active and responsive FB-group with over 500 members on which all 3 of us trainers are very active in answering questions – it’s truly a fantastic space for sharing with and learning from each other. 

The fee includes a £90 non-refundable deposit (you do need to pay the full registration fee upon registering – if that is a problem, contact me to see if we can work something out). In the event of late (less than 21 days notice) cancellation by yourself or of non-attendance at the workshop, all fees are non-refundable. In the unlikely event that the course needs to be cancelled by myself (such as sickness), all fees will of course be refunded.

Lunch is not included. Herbal teas, water and snacks will be provided.

Purchasing your CtB tools

At the training, you’ll also have the opportunity to purchase:

* Rebozo shawls (different types and prices) to use for the massage and ceremonies. You will be sent pictures beforehand already so you can already reserve certain rebozos, as I can only bring a limited amount from the UK.

* essential oils and specifically formulated essential oil blends to be used for the massage

* wooden Rebozo-tightening sticks

* energy-cleansing palo santo.

This way you can easily get your ‘starter kit’ ready straightaway. None of these items are included in the price.