A few months ago, visiting midwife from Mexico, Naoli Vinaver Lopez, came to Los Angeles to demonstrate use of the Rebozo. In case you have not heard what a Rebozo is, essentially a Mexican shawl about about 4-5 feet, which serves many functions.
Mexican women can wrap and carry their babies around their back or in a sling or pouch in front of the body. In labor, the Rebozo can help a woman with relaxation techniques and help progress labor and relieve pain. Angela from Rebozo Me Tenderly sells beautiful authentic Rebozos at a very reasonable price.
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I keep a Rebozo in my doula bag and bring with me to every birth. The Rebozo keeps me warm in those very cold hospital rooms and can be used in a variety of ways during labor and delivery. Midwives and doulas can help correct a mal-positioned baby in order to help the baby rotate into proper anterior fetal position (tummy to mummy) and progress labor.
What I learned at Naoli’s workshop, though, was about the “movement of sexual energy.” Of course! Birth is the manifestation of sexual energy. I just have never heard it described that way, as Energy. It makes sense then that when a woman is inhibited and her sexual energy blocked, labor would be longer and often more painful.
Author Jennifer Vanderlaan of Birthing Naturally website has a great one-page description of the Rebozo and simple how-to techniques. Here is a short video clip on YouTube where Naoli and several doulas practice one Rebozo technique I like to call Sifting because it reminds me of sifting flour through cheesecloth.
Watch this demo using a Rebozo (Mexican Shawl) in order to move Sexual Energy and progress labor.
I reckon this particular movement might also help women with fertility blockages? If nothing else, it feels great!
So pull out that Pashmina or Rebozo and move it, move it!