Tibetan remedial massage is one of the oldest forms of massage. It is a specialty of Tibetan medicine that specifically addresses the external body. It is one of six types of external therapies found in the Gyud-Zhi, a classic of Tibetan Medicine Sutra, referred to as the "Four Tantras" in English.
In the last Tantra (or Fourth Text), in the last section dealing with Accessory Therapies, massage is outlined under the heading of "Wind: Massage with Sesame oil". Massage addresses the so called Wind (or Vata) diseases.
This type of massage is called "Kun Nye", or literally "ointment rub". In a Ku Nye treatment, the practitioner focuses on specific points on the body which correspond to different constitutions or natural of illnesses. Ku Nye uses natural products such as butter, sesame oil, olive oil and sandalwood oil as massage lotion. After your massage, your Ku Nye practitioner will also apply ChiPa, a cleansing technique. This cleansing technique uses different natural powders to absorb the oil from the skin.
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. In your Ku Nye treatment, you may receive consultation on diet, herbs, and health based on the four seasons. 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.
Ku Nye is excellent for the following conditions: neurological problems including numbness, sciatica, and paralysis; psychological and emotional imbalances including agitation, anxiety, depression, moodiness, forgetfulness, lack of concentration, and insomnia.