Tibetan Medicine is based on the five-element system, including
earth, water, fire, wind, and space. The five-elements are the foundation of
Tibetan Medicine theory and practice. They form and maintain all physical
matter and energy expression of the natural world. This applies to the entire
universe, and of course, to our human bodies. In medical theory, the five
elements have specific qualities. They are linked with specific anatomical
systems, and perform a range of physiological actions.
Tibetan massage is mainly concerned with the element of wind.
Wind is found in every part of the body but it is
particularly active in the heart, lungs, colon, small intestine, skin, ears,
bones, hip joints, joints, lumbar-sacral area, lower abdomen and nervous
system. Wind regulates respiration and mobility, and sustains life
through breathing; it gives energy for movement, and makes blood, lymph and
subtle energy circulate. Wind helps absorb nutrition, transform tissues, clear
the sensory organs, and sustain their functions. It controls the senses, as
well as the functions of the vital and hollow organs. It transfers memory and
experience of the gross mind to the subtle mind. In short: all the physical and
mental functions depend on the Wind. Wind gives life to
the body as well as to the body’s microorganisms. Wind transports the
consciousness, lightens awareness and gives power to the mind.
What is Ku Nye?
In Tibetan, the word Ku means to apply oil and Nye means to apply pressure with
a variety of movements. In a Ku Nye treatment, the practitioner focuses on
specific points on the body which correspond to different constitutions or
natural of illnesses. Traditional healing massage has been practiced for
thousands of years in Tibet and the Himalayan region of Asia as an integral
part of Tibetan Medicine.
Ku Nye is beneficial as a stand-alone treatment as well as a
preventative measure against illnesses and a supportive treatment in
conjunction with other modalities. It is an excellent way to relax and promote
general health and well-being. Since ancient times in Tibet, it has been
believed that Ku Nye aids in longevity by clearing and sharpening the sensory
organs while supporting the function of the internal organs.
History of Ku Nye
Originally Kunye is thought to have
developed from the practice of early tantric yogis who used various methods,
such as oil massage and acupressure points on themselves to help bring balance
to their energy bodies and life-force. The effect sought via these treatments
was for the energetic channels to remain clear and open from stagnation. Any
stagnancy of energy ultimately leads to blocks, disorders and difficulty
controlling the mind and subtle channels when meditating. If one is healthy and
free of blocks and stagnant energy; naturally the flow of ones life-force
increases, the mind is clearer and emotions are more stable. This serves in
supporting ones practice; both in the physical level of flexibility in yogic
positions and in the yogis goal of seeking enlightenment through meditation.
What can Ku Nye help with?
Neurological problems such as neuro pain, numbness, and
sciatica. Psychological and emotional imbalances including agitation, anxiety,
depression, moodiness, forgetfulness, lack of concentration, and insomnia. Respiratory
problems, such as asthma, short breath, and congestion. Women's health issues
including irregular menstruation and PMT. Stress related problems including
migraine headaches and tension headaches. Chronic pain such as upper, middle,
and lower back pain. Constipation - exercises and stretches weak tight muscle. Arthritis
- makes flexibility of joints and ligaments. Improves neck and shoulder rigidity,
helps with poor circulation, and stimulates lymph flow to improve the immune
system. Good for rough and dry skin. In addition it is also very beneficial to
improve sport performances.
What happens during a
The Tibetan Massage is a full body massage that will take 1.5
hour. The session can be extended for another half hour with a Deep Relaxation Treatment at the end of
The Therapist will use heated Tibetan oil on the skin of the
client. The massage techniques include effleurage, petrissage, friction, tapping,
rolling, and mobilisation movements, assisted stretching, acupressure, lymph drainage
techniques, and assisted stretching. Some of those techniques are also described
in Swedish massage, and yet, the way those techniques are used in the Tibetan
Massage is incomparable and rather unique. The therapist will sometimes climb
on the couch to help you to get the most out of the mobilisation movements and
This treatment is very invigorating and can leave you feeling
taller, straighter, lighter, brighter, looser, and rejuvenated. It is a
wholesome treatment where you can literally feel blockages fading away.
What happens in a
Deep Relaxation Treatment?
You can add this treatment at the end of the massage session
or book it on its own. When you book this treatment on its own you will be
expected to wear light comfortable clothing.
In this treatment the therapist will move your limbs very
gently and taps onto certain energy lines to induce deep relaxation to your
whole system. The tapping is done with the finger tips.
This treatment does not only
feel relaxing, it can open up the channels to bring about healing on deeper
levels. Although this treatment is suitable for anyone, it is a popular choice for
people suffering with sleep disturbances and disorders.