Ku Nye Massage: Therapies from the Tibetan Science of Healing
With Eric Rosenbush
June 9 - 14, 2017
The Healing Science of Tibet includes a vast ocean of therapeutic techniques, capable of restoring health, treating disease and rejuvenating the body. As the bodywork system of Tibetan Medicine, the art of Ku Nye Massage is based on the philosophy and yogic science of Tantric Buddhism. This lineage has been passed down through millennia within the lineages of Tibetan doctors, and is now available worldwide thanks to the kindness of Dr. Nida Chenagtsang.
“Practice Ku Nye regularly to overcome aging, fatigue, and loong (stress and disturbances of the vital energy).”
– Four Tantras of Tibetan Medicine
The practice of Ku Nye employs a wide variety of techniques. Aromatic herbal oils are prepared, following principles of Tibetan herbalism. These are then selected to balance the elemental condition of the patient. The actual session consists of stages, first penetrating the oil deeply into the body, followed by deeper massage techniques to open the joints and muscles. Ku Nye also utilizes a unique system of points and energy channels, which also can be used to treat a variety of conditions.
This course introduces the basic principles of the Tibetan healing science, applied to the core techniques of the Ku Nye session. It is the first module of the Tibetan Therapeutics certification program offered by Sorig Khang centers worldwide.
Introduction to Sowa Rigpa – the Tibetan Science of Healing
• Introduction to Sowa Rigpa
• Overview of fundamental principles such as the five elements and three humors
• Understanding body types
• Introduction to the Four Medical Tantras, root texts of the Tibetan medical tradition
Preparation Practices for Therapist and Patient
• Cleansing breathing techniques
• Medicine Buddha meditation and practices for
• Yogic exercises related to the practice of KuNye
Ku Nye Massage Techniques
• Chukpa – Techniques for applying and penetrating herbal oils onto the entire surface of the patient’s body.
• Sowa – Application of heat, using hot stones or other methods.
• Tsik Jor – Facilitated joint movements, stretching, and joint work based on Tibetan yogic exercises
• Nye – Introduction to a wide variety of massage techniques working the muscles, channels, and points
• Chi – Wet and dry oil removal techniques
• Preparation for treatment, including meditation and breathing techniques for both the practitioner and patient.
• Traditional posture and floor techniques, and applications on massage tables.
• Use and management of oil.
• Choosing herbal oils and techniques specific to the patient’s constitution and condition.
• How to recognize and manage potential side effects of therapies according to Tibetan medicine.
About the Leader
Eric Rosenbush has been learning and practicing traditional healing sciences since 1997, both in Asia and in the USA. This has included an independent BA degree in Ancient Religions and Sciences from UCSC, MSTCM in the study of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine at ACTCM in San Francisco, and traditional study of Jyotisha with Pt. […]Learn more about Eric Rosenbush
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