Honoring the sacred process leading to birth
We offer 3 different packages for Belly Blessings:
(see more info on prenatal henna bellow package deal information)
Belly Blessing artistic package #1:
Option a) A belly blessing session in my studio including a mini photo session:
a sketch will be made in advance especially for you, using symbols dear to your heart.
The session will last 2 to 4 hours. It will followed by a mini photo session.
200$ tx inc For a drawing on the belly only (drawings going up on the breast or chest or elsewhere- please ask for a quote) and a mini photo session.
photo session: includes 2 retouched digital files in color plus the 2 same files in black and white (files are high resolution.
This is a mini photo session. Photos are selected by the artist.
Add 4 more photos for 150$tx inc. Add 8 more photos for 250$ tx inc
Belly Blessing zen package #2:
Honoring the goddess & the warrior within & welcoming a new soul in this world
The sacred ritual: A private session on a massage table in our studio, starting with a guided meditation blessing you and your child and honoring your birth process. A ritual made to empower you, give you strength and welcome the spirit coming into incarnation. You will receive an intuitive vibrational healing session followed by the henna done in a meditative intuitive way, much like monks draw mandalas.
175$ tx inc
Add a photo session including 2 retouched digital files for only 100$
This is a mini photo session. Photos are selected by the artist.
Belly Blessing party package #3:
A Belly blessing within a celebration!
A Henna Belly Blessing done within a celebration/gathering like a Blessingway (mother blessing) or a baby shower. A much simpler design will be done for the honoree and a few guests will be able to get simple designs done on their hands or feet. This starter packages gets you 3 hours of our time.
300$ tx inc for 3 hours of our time (extra time can be booked or charged in surplus)
(Montreal price only - some areas of Montreal only)
These packages are also a wonderful gift idea for your pregnant wife, friend or family member!
Please inquire about our gift certificates.
Let us help you plan a memorable event or private session for your loved one.
Our henna is always 100% pure, organic & natural. Our pregnancy hand mixed formula is milder and contains premium quality henna, lemon juice and pure therapeutic grade lavender essential oil. Abstain from getting henna if you are extremely anemic or you have a G6PD deficiency. Consult the links at the bottom of the page for more info. Always consult your physician when in doubt.
Honoring Pregnancy With Henna
By Lili Sweet of www.zenhennamontreal.com
With the ups and downs of pregnancy and all the body changes you experience, it is a good time to pamper and nurture yourself, relax and thank your body for all the hard work it is doing. Often the message is to stop and absorb this process, slow down to get in tune with these creative energies and welcome and honor them.
Many women are now looking for ways beyond the common baby shower to celebrate their pregnancy. Amongst these trends, adorning the belly with henna is a beautiful practice recently gaining in popularity.
Henna (lawsonia inermis) is a therapeutic plant with colorfast dye originally used in warm countries for it’s cooling properties. It is more commonly known to dye fabric, hair and nails. Natural henna dyes in shades varying from light to dark brown with orange or red undertones. It stains the skin for an average of a week, up to a month.
Though practiced for thousands of years (mostly in ancient Egypt, South Asia, North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula), henna on the skin has been popularized in western countries only for the past ten to fifteen years. Modern icons like Madonna and Gwen Stefani were the first to bring this forward into pop culture. Customs and rituals tied into pregnancy, birth & henna can be traced back to the beginning of the 20th century in North Africa.
The Berbers hennaed their pregnant women right before birth to protect them from malevolent spirits or prepare them for the possibility of dying in childbirth...“If a woman died in childbirth, she was believed to enter paradise as a bride and should be properly adorned.’’ (The Functions of Childbirth and Postpartum Henna Traditions, by Catherine Cartwright-Jones, Tap dancing Lizard LLC, 2007). More often it is the ankles, hands & feet that are decorated with protective patterns and symbols. Berbers also paint henna near all orifices of the body: once again to prevent evil spirits from entering.
It is contemporary western culture that introduced the painting of the pregnant belly. After all, who can think of a more beautiful canvas? Some may chose this experience purely for beautification purposes. Others seek to mark a rite of passage, a spiritual ritual meant to bring back sacredness into the act of pregnancy and birthing. While the expectant is getting hennaed she can be invited to take this down time on bringing peace and presence to her process, to tune into her child and visualize a safe and easy birth surrounded by loving energies. Some may also wish to let the spirit know that it can come into the world confidently, welcomed by loving energies and that it will find the support it needs in this life in order to fulfill it’s utmost potential.
Very often, modern women work all through their pregnancy, sometimes caring for their children too and having to accomplish strenuous physical and mental work. While Canadian women are blessed to have post-birth benefits, there is little compensation allocated for pregnancy rest during the process. It is clear that most pregnant women require a lot more downtime as the creation of a child can at times require every bit of your life force (Oh, I’ll never forget, having to run a catering business while I could not get off of the couch for the first 4 months of my pregnancy. A real nightmare!).
In many ways the pregnancy henna ritual is created while keeping this in mind. Reminding society that pregnant women need to have their journey honored and respected. The creation of a child is a magical event that we need to recognize and celebrate beyond material gift-giving (of course there is nothing wrong with a community coming together to financially support a woman or a family but it is nice to have spiritual support as well). We need to respect not our office’s clocks, but our body’s demands to tune in with our temple and respect it’s rhythm and subtle messages. It is nice to see that many different beautiful traditions are recently rising to the surface to fulfill the need women are expressing to bring back the sacred in the act of creating life, henna being one of them.
If you plan on getting pregnancy henna it is important to use a natural paste specially hand mixed for pregnancy. Look for conscientious artists with good credentials. Never buy pre-made henna tubes from ethnic grocery stores and if you plan on mixing it yourself only get reputable and fresh 100% pure henna powder. Some add toxic chemicals like p-phenylenediamine (ppd) to their powders or pastes (and often don’t indicate it) to accelerate the staining process but this is dangerous and absolutely illegal in Canada. This poison is known as black henna. Pregnancy henna paste usually contains: pure henna powder, therapeutic grade lavender essential oil, sugar and lemon juice (or water). When using this recipe, henna belly blessings are usually safe but you should avoid henna completely if you are extremely anemic or if you have a G6PD deficiency. Please talk to your physician or midwife if you are not sure.
You may not get a belly blessing if:
if you are extremely anemic or the baby has G6PD deficiency.
Please talk to your Dr or midwife if you are not sure.
You can check out Henna Caravan for more info on Pregnancy
The Mother Blessing: A Baby Shower Alternative