“Sobada”, Mesoamerican massage for Fertility and Life

The abdominal massage aimed at promoting fertility and easing any abdominal and womb dis-ease or ailments comes under many names and certifications but in the end when researched, you can see it comes mostly from native tradition and notably from the North American, and particularly the Mexican and Central American “parteras” including the Mayan parteras or birth experts who generously and often freely provide this ancient wisdom to one and many.

This type of Mexican massage is known as SOBADA and it is a non-invasive, natural treatment that has been used for hundreds of years in many native cultures to increase the likelihood of conceiving a baby, as it increases blood circulation and relieves the uterus area from stagnant blood or energies, promotes egg health by increasing the flow of oxygen to the ovaries and strengthens the reproductive organs.

However, fertility massage is also said to be helpful in cases of

  • Endometriosis
  • Irregular and/or painful menstrual cycles
  • Blocked or twisted fallopian tubes
  • Fibroids and cysts
  • Unexplained Infertility
  • Hormonal Imbalance
  • Amenorrea, that is the absence of a menstrual cycle
  • PCOS


It is translated as ” Closure ” in English, and it is a Mexican postpartum healing ceremony, where the mother is anointed, massaged and wrapped. In English, or at least in the UK, it is mistranslated as “Closing of the Bones”, a name that to my teacher, the traditional Mexican midwife, Angelina Martínez is incorrect as it fails to describe the depth of the work at many levels

  It helps to nurture the mother after the birth journey into motherhood and can be performed in new Mummies or Mums whose babies are even 30 years of age !

  A Cerrada is a celebration and a way to nurture women back into a sacred space after pregnancy and/or childbirth, both of which are very ‘open’ experiences which may leave us feeling raw and vulnerable.

  Everything during pregnancy and labour is about opening physically, emotionally, spiritually but once the baby is born, the traditions says that our body requires sealing or closing. From the physical perspective, the Cerrada facilitates the shrinkage of the uterus and all of the abdominal area and guides the bones and muscles back to their original position. 

Energetically, the ritual can also help “close” a Mother, as both pregnancy, and particularly the intense process of labour and child birth, can be very vulnerable times for a woman, psychologically and physically.

The Cerrada ceremony is also a very healing experience in situations where there has been a miscarriage or still birth as we honour all women, their journey and hold their space so they can feel held and safe, allowing them to re-gather their energy and strength.


A Cerrada session in Mexico is traditionally carried out with an Immersion Bath ceremony.cerrada testimonial

Once these have been carried out, the a Cerrada ceremony proper begins. You will be lying down covered with sheets and blankets as desired as parts of your body are massaged into a deep state of relaxation both with my hands and a rebozo (a traditional Mexican shawl). Your abdominal area will be also massaged before the closure itself (the Cerrada) takes place, where a number of key parts of your body are gently wrapped by the rebozo each in turn (head, shoulders, pelvic area, etc).

At the end of the session, you will be able to rest in this peaceful state for a while with the firm hold of the rebozo allowing them to let go and go deep inside before being quietly unwrapped.

If you wish to have these treatments carried out at your own home, the cost will increase depending on the distance I need to travel, etc. Contact me for further details and to find out more maye@embodyinnerbeauty.com


“Since the Cerrada I feel more energised. The last 2 nights I have woken at around 4am (when my baby wakes up for a feed) and I had thought that it was 8am as I felt so rested even though I had only had 4hrs sleep. And then I couldn’t sleep as I felt so good. I feel a subtle yet present feeling of inner power, like I have been plugged back in gain. Like my batteries are fully charged not in too much /hyper but subtle, hard to describe.”

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