Ku Nye Tibetan Massage

Ku Nye Tibetan Massage

This is a amazing repertoire of body work that has been practised for around 5000 years. In the category of the External Therapies in Tibetan Medicine, it is the most important treatment and the one with the most aspects that can be used to tailor each treatment according to the patients needs.

Some of the rejuvenating and restorative benefits of a Ku Nye massage treatment include:

  • The elimination of toxins that can be stored in the body
  • Increased vitality
  • Reduction and alleviation of pain and pain syndromes
  • Calming of nervous disorders including insomnia, depression and anxiety
  • Easing of painful or strained muscles and joints
  • Remove energy blockages

A Ku Nye session will include:

  • The selection of a massage oil blend according to your body typology
  • The use of specific movements to stretch, relax or ease muscles and relieve pain
  • Acupressure
  • Joint movement and mobilisation
  • Application of therapeutic heat with hot rocks
  • If indicated, the removal of excess oils at the end of the treatment with sandalwood and chickpea powders.

Cupping, moxibustion, massage with shells and Yuk Cho stick therapy may be added to the session when appropriate.

My teacher Dr Nida Chenagtsang always stresses that the best medicine for people with a rLung (wind) typology is a hug. And he is quite right, the firm, warm pressure of a hug settles the parasympathetic nervous system, and it is why Ku Nye massage is so highly regarded in the context of Tibetan medicine as the best treatment for rLung or wind imbalances and disorders. Warmth and pressure through massage alleviate the rLung symptoms. And you don’t have to fall under the rLung typology to be affected by those imbalances. Stress, anxiety, depression, physical pain, sleeplessness, blocked energy channels are all signs that the wind energy is out of balance.

Our bodies are probably the most complex, miraculous, under- valued constructs on the face of this planet. In the western world in particular, so many of us just drag ourselves around using our bodies like robots and then wonder why they don’t work when we didn’t take them in for regular servicing.

In the skin alone there are countless nerves and neurons, every layer beneath the skin also has its own network, fascia, muscles, tendons… And from the perspective of Tibetan medicine we also consider the importance of energy channels, points and meridians.

Touch is not just pleasurable to us; it is vital to our well-being. Babies who are not touched die, older people who live alone and are not often touched by another person are more likely to have suppressed immune systems. Yes even a simple hug can lift us on a bad day.

So it makes sense that the best treatment comes from a machine that understands our own, another body. In particular the human hand, it could have been purpose made for healing!

The hand is flexible, soft and firm, sensitive – fingertips are the second most sensitive part of the body after the tongue, able to mould to the shape of the body, able to sense pain, stress, energy blockages, tightness of muscles and tendons, and can do something to relieve these conditions.

When we lay our hands on another person with the intention to heal we are honouring so many aspects of our physical and energetic selves, we are practising a form of help and healing that has been part of being human since we first came to be. Our mothers were our first healers, through the simple yet profound act of loving touch.

That is an unbroken lineage of healing we all belong to.


A full Ku Nye massage treatment will take around two hours.  A one hour treatment is an option but be aware that time constraints will limit the treatment range.


Here you can watch a short video of my Tibetan Medicine teacher Dr Nida Chenagtsang giving a Ku Nye massage treatment.

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