What is Belly Binding?

Physical recovery from birth, surgery, or abdominal trauma is difficult. Belly Binding provides a non-medical means of supporting the abdomen to provide security during healing. Based in the ancient Malaysian Bengkung practice, belly binding has been used for centuries to help birthing people find comfort and support.

Today, belly binding is used for more than just postpartum support! Not only is it beneficial for post-cesarean section recovery, but also other abdominal surgeries or traumas (with permission from your care provider).

How is it different from a corset or “belly trainer”?

Belly binding differs from store-bought postpartum corsets or girdles. It is a continuous piece of fabric that is tied, in a custom fit for each client's body. The pressure displacement also differs. Store bought corsets or girdles will place pressure downward onto the pelvic floor. With a well-positioned bind, there will be very little pressure on the pelvic floor, instead holding the diastasis muscles in place and helping the abdominal organs return to their previous locations.

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What is included:

Each client will receive a binding that is new, and the client's to keep for future bindings. A binding session will involve a binding of the abdomen along with instruction on how to self bind. 

When to bind:

For optimal benefits, binding is recommended for 12-24 hours each day for 5-10 days. The binding will still allow mobility for daily task, movement, and bathroom breaks. For vaginal delivery, binding can occur a few days after birth. For a cesarean section delivery, optimally, binding will be delayed until 4-6 weeks postpartum, depending on the healing of the incision.

For non-postpartum support, binding can be done immediately in the case of laparoscopic procedures or non-surgical recovery. For open abdominal surgery recovery, please consult your care provider.

When not to bind:

Since there is currently no research for or against binding in the case of prolapse, it is strongly recommended to pursue physical therapy and/or provider support for suspected pelvic concerns (uterine, bladder, rectal prolapse, or hernia) and to discontinue binding if at any point the binding is making symptoms worse.


Standard Belly Binding


  • 1-hour binding session with a trained specialist

  • Instructions for self-binding

  • 1 new binding wrap


Upgraded Belly Binding


  • 2-Hour binding session with a trained specialist

  • Instructions for self-binding

  • 2 new binding wraps