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What is Tibetan Massage?

What is Tibetan Massage?
Along with Indian Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Tibetan medicine is one of the world's oldest systematised healing systems. Part of the Silk Road trading network that connected India, China and the Persian Empire, Tibetan medicine drew on the wisdom of those cultures and combined it with its own ancient traditions to create a unique approach to healing that included massage as an important part of its system. What is Tibetan massage and how can it help you?

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 Massage

Traditionally, Tibetan massage was used to treat a number of "wind" disturbances. Some of these include:
  • Tension headaches
  • Heart palpitations
  • Bleeding
  • Menstrual disorders
  • Constipation
  • Sciatica and lumbar pain
Those who have experienced Tibetan massage for general therapeutic purposes or relaxation report a number of benefits for general health and well being, including:
  • Improved metabolism
  • Better sleep
  • Higher energy levels
  • Improved appetite
  • An elevated mood
A relatively new modality in Australia, many natural therapists listed here on NT Pages are learning the technique as an adjunct to their current practices, while others specialise in Tibetan medicine, meditation and other Tibetan therapeutic and spiritual disciplines. Fortunately, these practitioners are learning Tibetan massage and bringing it to Australia, so you needn't travel to the "roof of the world" to experience it yourself.

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