The premise of Tibetan medicine is that we are composed of five basic elements, namely: earth, wind, water, fire, and space. Tibetan massage focuses primarily on bringing the wind element into balance. The techniques used in Tibetan massage are remarkably similar to other Eastern and Western modalities such as acupressure, reflexology, and remedial massage.
Similar to acupuncture, the therapist uses deep circular motion on the trigger points. Other manipulative techniques used in this kind of massage include rubbing, kneading, and stroking. The oils being used act as a lubricant, but it is said that it keeps the wind element in place and helps in smoothing it out.
Kunye is an ancient form of massage therapy that is widely used in Traditional Tibetan Medicine. Kunye comes from the Tibetan words "ku" meaning oil and "nye" meaning to perform massage. Basically, Kunye means to apply massage with oil.
The traditional Kunye massage has three basic stages. First is to generously apply oil to the body. Next, the practitioner employs several massage strokes and techniques. And lastly, wipe off the excess oil using a warm wet towel.
Traditionally, Kunye massage promotes general health and lengthens a person’s lifespan. Other traditional benefits and indications of this form of massage include:
Additionally, there are other therapeutic effects of Tibetan Kunye massage that promotes general health and wellbeing, such as: