What is Tibetan Massage?"Gyud-Zhi" (the "4 Tantras") is a classic Tibetan medical text that describes 6 "external" therapies. One of these is called "Kunyi" (or "Ku Nye"), which literally means "ointment rub" or, as we say, "massage," but the techniques used in Tibetan massage are more sophisticated than its simple name implies.
Tibetan medicine begins with the premise that we are made up of five basic elements: earth, water, fire, wind and space. Tibetan massage is primarily concerned with bringing the wind element into balance. A Tibetan massage practitioner achieves this using techniques that are remarkably similar to many other Eastern and Western modalities, including:
This holistic approach to massage reflects the Tibetan medical system, which views the body as not just physical, but energetic and spiritual as well.
The manipulative techniques used in Tibetan massage are familiar to any massage therapist and include rubbing, kneading and stroking. In addition, deep circular motions are applied to acupressure points. The oil used in the massage treatment acts not only as a lubricant, but is said to help hold the wind element in place and assist in smoothing it out. Medicinal mixtures, too, are used in traditional Tibetan massage.
Benefits of Tibetan MassageTraditionally, Tibetan massage was used to treat a number of "wind" disturbances. Some of these include:
- Tension headaches
- Heart palpitations
- Menstrual disorders
- Sciatica and lumbar pain
- Improved metabolism
- Better sleep
- Higher energy levels
- Improved appetite
- An elevated mood