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Tibetan Medicine is one of the oldest forms of healing in the world along with Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda. Incorporated into Tibetan medicine is (‘Ku Nye’) which translates to ‘ointment rub’ or as we know as massage. However, it is more than simply a plain massage but instead a form of bodywork that is an extremely vital component of traditional Tibetan Medicine. The holistic approach to massage reflects the Tibetan medical system, which views the body as not just physical, but energetic and spiritual as well. In Tibetan, the word Ku means to apply oil and Nye means to apply pressure with a variety of movements. In a Tibetan Massage treatment, the practitioner concentrates on specific points on the body which connect to different constitutions or natural of illnesses. The manipulative techniques that are utilised in Tibetan massage are similar to other massage modalities with the use of kneading, rubbing and stroking. In addition, Tibetan Massage utilised natural products such as sesame oil, sandalwood oil and olive oil as massage lotion.
Some of the restorative and rejuvenating benefits of Tibetan Massage include removal of toxins which may have developed in the body, the alleviation of aches and pains, increased levels of energy and the calming of the nervous system.