In the coming months will will be introducing Benkung Belly Binding as one of our services.
Please check our blog and Facebook page for commencement dates.
What is Bengkung Belly Binding?
Bengkung belly binding is the art of wrapping a postpartum women’s belly for physical support and to help hasten the recovery process after childbirth. This belly binding technique uses a long strip of cloth to wrap around around the abdomen from the hips to the ribcage. Women are traditionally wrapped as soon after birth as possible, ideally on day five and then worn for 40 days or longer as needed. The Bengkung belly binding technique is rooted in Malaysian culture however various countries and cultures around the world use a form of belly binding to help support the healing process.
Binding the stomach offers support, stability and comfort to the muscles, skin and internal organs to repair and bring healing to the postpartum body. During pregnancy, the vertical abdominal muscles widen and thin to accommodate growing babies, which can result in diastasis recti. This is a condition where the muscles separate and may stay separate (if not properly cared for), creating back issues, hernias and bulging of the abdomen. Binding is a terrific way to heal the muscle walls back together and also support spine and posture realignment. Binding is considered very emotionally healing for postpartum mothers. Pregnancy opens and fills up the body with life and binding is considered a ceremony of “sealing” the body in which pregnancy ends and the woman now transitions into motherhood.
Benefits of Belly Binding
Provides postural support for the torso and organs as they return to pre-pregnancy position
Supports and assists abdominal wall healing and diastasis recti recovery
Supports the body’s natural spine and posture realignment post birth
Constant pressure on the torso and abdomen hastens healing by reducing water, fat and air in the tissue and cells
Stabilizes loose ligaments
Helps to prevent and relieve lower back aches and strains
Prevents slouching while feeding or holding your child
For Best Results
Women should be wrapped as soon they can after birth, ideally on day five postnatally. The belly bind should be worn daily for 10-12 hours a day for at least 40 days or longer. Often women who use a belly bind after birth return to their own pre-pregnancy size in 6-8 weeks. After a cesarean birth women should wait at least 6 weeks until the incision is mostly healed before they are wrapped.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: Information & pricing structure Coming Soon
• What does an Initial Binding Booking include?
- Application of a postpartum healing belly salve and a relaxing belly massage
- Belly Bind Application
- Belly Binding instruction to teach you how to bind yourself daily at home. A friend or family member is welcome to learn so they can wrap you at home
- You can purchase your own Bengkung Belly Bind to take home or you can “hire” one of ours.
Q: What does a follow up session include?
A: This can include reapplication of healing body slave and belly massage and bind with your Belly Bind or can just be a Belly Bind Application session (with teaching)
Q: Do I need to book a clinic visit for a binding session?
A: We are developing an “In Home” Binding Service, to honour the Fourth Trimester. Please stay in touch.
Q: Will I be able to learn how to bind myself?
A: Yes, you will learn this in an initial session, where you’ll be giving instructions how to bind yourself at home. We can also teach a friend or family member to bind you. You are also welcome to book a follow up binding session for reinforcement of the technique.
Q: How long should I wear the binding?
A: Traditionally, the Bengkung belly bind is done for the entire postpartum “confinement” period, which is 30-40 days in the cultures that observe this practice. This is unpractical for modern day living, and the results diminish after a week or two. We’ve found the best belly binding length to be 12-24 hours for 5 – 10 days.
Q: What makes traditional belly binding different from western postpartum girdles like Belly Bandit?
A: Its length and the custom fit. A Bengkung Belly Bind is a long wrap that covers from under the chest all the way down to below the hips. This way, it doesn’t just work on the waist, but also helps the ribcage and the hips go back to their former dimensions. It also stays put when you move, and so it doesn’t press on the abdomen. The custom fit cannot be found anywhere else, and this improves the results you will see.
Q: How effective is this compared to a postpartum girdle?
A: Imagine the difference between buying pants that claim to fit everyone, regardless of size or shape and getting custom-fitted by a professional. What would be more comfortable? The custom fit is, of course, going to give you the best results. Likewise the Malaysian belly bind is a custom fit every time. It’s made of soft materials instead of having boning or Velcro like most girdles, which can dig into your skin and be painful when you sit or lay down, especially if you’ve had a cesarean. The Bengkung belly bind is the best option for your time and money if you want the results mentioned above.
Q: How do I go to the bathroom while wearing it?
A: I recommend having the belly bind wrapped beneath all of your clothes for the best fit and most comfort and convenience. The most effective belly bind stretches from just below your bust to about mid-hip, near your pelvic bone. For modesty’s sake (and because of heavy postpartum flow) you’ll want to wear whatever underwear (mesh, etc.) while binding. It is still easy enough to pull your underwear out from under the bind the first time you use the bathroom and when you’re finished, simply pull them up over the bind or tuck them back underneath.
Q: My belly bind bunches, rolls, or moves during the day. How can I keep it from doing that?
A: The belly bind moves because you move! Realise, the cultures that do this also practice confinement, which is a period after birth where the woman remains in bed the majority of the time. If you are up and moving postpartum, the belly bind is going to shift, bunch, and roll. The only way to prevent this is to move less. Part of what belly binding does is encourage you to be down and resting.
Q: You mentioned the bind can be useful during pregnancy. Can you tell me more about that?
A: During pregnancy the hormone Relaxin works to loosen up all our joints in preparation for birth. This enables the baby to move more easily through the normally rigid pelvic area, as it allows bones and joints a greater range of movement. Unfortunately this can also result in greater discomfort during pregnancy when the pubic bone begins to separate. Sitting, laying down, and normal day-to-day movements sometimes become painful or even impossible. The Malaysian bind can be tied short, giving support to your growing belly as well as your hips and pelvic/pubic bones. Painful conditions caused by pelvic joint loosening and separation can be alleviated through use of the partial Bengkung belly bind. Contact me if you’re interested in a prenatal belly bind.