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Bengkung Belly Binding

For nine months you have carried your baby in your belly. After your baby is born your belly is suddenly is empty. Sometimes this can be very unreal and you may feel a sense of abandonment. A Bengkung Belly Binding gives you a welcome loving wrapping of your abdominal and pelvic area, to leave you feel physically and emotionally supported.

Bengkung Belly Binding is a tradition in many eastern cultures. The practice involves using special knots to tie a long strip of cloth (10-17 meters) around the abdomen during the postpartum recovery period to support a woman’s uterus and other organs after childbirth. The Bengkung style of Belly Binding offered here is specific to the Malaysian culture.
Belly Binding is an effective and important way to help you in the first weeks after the birth of your child. Your body recovers in a shorter time than if you do not bind because of the faster drainage of blood, air and moisture. A Bengkung abdominal wrap gives you 360˚ support that brings back your abdominal muscles, improves your posture, stabilizes your ligaments and supports your entire torso while all vital organs (including the uterus) find their way to pre-pregnancy size and place.

During gestation you retain water, air and extra weight. This has a reason; your baby is surrounded by fat, air and water to be protected. After giving birth this has no function anymore and is slowly removed until the cells are again like before your pregnancy. With the aid of the Belly Bind recovery is accelerated by the constant supporting pressure around your pelvis and torso to close the abdominal area.

In addition to all the physical benefits of the Bengkung Belly Bind, women report feeling literally supported and centered in the sometimes overwhelming period after delivery. It also ensures that the entire abdominal area remains pleasantly warm to aid recovery. Furthermore you experience less neck and upper back complaints by (breast) feeding because your posture is corrected. It is almost impossible to slouch.

The Bengkung Bind is intended for the first weeks after childbirth in which you are stay in bed most of the time. As soon as you are up more, it is recommended that the abdominal bind is used during the night and taken off the next day.

The first 2 weeks after delivery the Bengkung Belly Bind can be worn for up to 24 hours, after which 6-10 hours is sufficient. The Belly Bind is usually worn for about 4 months after delivery. If you still want to wear it longer, it is good to do pelvic floor exercises and soft abdominal exercises.

Benefits of Postpartum Belly Binding

• It helps to close the ribcage, abdomen and hips.
• Pulls in the separated abdominal muscles (diastasis recti) back together.
• Encourages healing the pelvic area.
• Supports relaxed and stretched out muscles.
• Reduce fluid and air retention in bowels/abdomen.
• Gets rid of the “empty” feeling after childbirth.
• Nurtures the mother in a time of vulnerability and healing.
• Prevents back pain. While wearing it, you are reminded to sit and walk straight, a good antidote to the “nursing-slouch”.
• Decreases postpartum bleeding time by speeding up the process of getting rid of waste blood in a natural way.
• It’s an ancient traditional natural way of healing after birth.
• In the case of a miscarriage or still-birth, belly binding can improve emotional healing as it speeds physical healing.
• It feels good!

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Bengkung Bellybinding
3-session Package in Amsterdam  

€460 + €70 deposit for the belly bind

Package includes three sessions of preparing your abdomen with bodywork followed by Bengkung Belly Binding in the early postpartum days. I will come to your home to do Lymph drainage and abdominal massage before I bind you on three different days.


(3 sessions of 120 minutes)

warming moxa

healing abdominal massage

castoroil belly wrap

foot massage

bengkung belly binding

We will start the sessions 4-7 days postpartum after a vaginal birth. Ideally you will be wrapped every 6 to 8 days. Try to keep the Belly Bind on for a minimum of 12 hours. In the 2nd and 3rd session I will teach you or your partner to bind your abdomen. A video of self binding is sent to you by email.

After a cesarean section, we look together at how quickly it feels right for you to start wearing the belly bind. In any case, it is very important to have the wound healed properly first. When you no longer perform binding you can return your Bengkung Belly Bind to me and claim back your deposit.

€165 per single or extra session in Amsterdam

The more I Belly Bind women postpartum, the more I realize how needed it is. Women are instinctive nurturers. She takes care of everyone around her, but rarely does she have the opportunity to be taken care of herself. Postpartum Belly Binding is a ritual of nurture and healing that creates the feeling of being warmed, loved, and noticed.

Belly Binding is about more than weight loss, getting your pre-baby figure back, or even healing physically. It is about supporting your body in a time of vulnerability. It’s about honoring the space of motherhood, the transition to motherhood (whether is your first child or a next). When you receive Bengkung Belly Binding, you receive warmth, understanding, and most of all, love that will lift you up in a time of vulnerability and healing.

Mirjam Bengkung

Additional services

(only in combination with Bengkung Belly Binding)

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Warming the mother with moxa

In this treatment I use a moxa stick close to acupressure points of your lower abdomen and lower back to be wonderfully warmed up. Moxa is a dried herb called Mugwort, and is widely used in Chinese medicine. The smoke-free sticks that I use are made of compressed and charred Mugwort. Moxa works on the energy of your body, it brings the energy in motion and nourishes both Qi and blood and has a positive healing effect on your recovery. The uterus shrinks faster, so locchia flow stops faster. Moxa also has a favorable effect on intestinal peristalsis.

! Moxa can NOT be used in case of (mild) fever, an infection, a heavy headache or after a fluxus.

Included in the package

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Healing the Womb with Castor Oil

A warming belly pack with castor oil supports your internal organs to take their original pre pregnancy position and size. A castor oil pack is a beautiful way for women who have recently given birth to heal their entire womb and pelvic area because castor oil penetrates deeply into the organs. Excess waste products are disposed of in a gentle way and the organs get a fresh energy boost.  In addition, the pleasant warmth is a true blessing. The castor oil I use to apply on your belly is scented with warming essential oils to generate even more healing. Your digestion, milk production and any scars will also benefit.As you relax with your warm oil pack, your feet are massaged and so can deeply relax and nourish your body.

Included in the package

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Relaxing Vaginal Steam Bath


A soothing and healing vaginal steam bath is THE ultimate relaxing moment in the hectic time of the maternity period. You will be taken care of in a warm setting with calming music while your uterus and perineum are being steamed. Gently your abdominal cavity is invited from the inside to clean up and let go. Special herbs do their work to help the self-healing ability.

From one week after you have given birth and when any possible stitches have been removed or dissolved you can sit on your throne!

I’ll bring a beautiful steam throne for you where you and your private area will be treated as a queen!


incl. 50 gr of herbs

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Bengkung Belly Bind Online Package

€189 for 6-16 weeks

includes a €70 deposit that will be refunded when the belly bind is returned to Mirjam

The package consists of a 1 hour video call that explains how you can wrap the belly bind yourself and how your partner can do this for you. I will also teach you how to prepare your belly area for wrapping through body work. You will receive instructions for some exercises and how to give yourself a belly massage and castor oil wrap.

If you live in Amsterdam, the belly bind package can be brought to your home (without physical contact, I’ll leave it at your door) or I can send everything to you by post. You will receive the package a few days after your delivery.


Bengkung Belly Binding is included in the

 Nourishing New Mama Plan!!!

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FAQ about Bengkung Belly Binding

Click on the picture below to download the pdf.

Belly Binding Certification

~Emma, 1st baby

“I had the belly binding done 5 days postpartum and what a huge difference I felt in my back and sides, not to mention the next morning my belly swelling was down significantly and I felt a huge relief in my back.”

~Emma, 1st baby
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