Tibetan Massage

What is Tibetan Massage?

Tibetan medicine begins with the premise that we are made up of five basic elements: earth, water, fire, wind and space. Tibetan massage is primarily concerned with bringing the wind element into balance. A Tibetan massage practitioner achieves this using techniques that are remarkably similar to many other Eastern and Western modalities, including

  • Acupressure
  • Reflexology
  • Shiatsu
  • Remedial massage
  • Reiki

This holistic approach to massage reflects the Tibetan medical system, which views the body as not just physical, but energetic and spiritual as well.

The manipulative techniques used in Tibetan massage are familiar to any massage therapist and include rubbing, kneading and stroking. In addition, deep circular motions are applied to acupressure points. The oil used in the massage treatment acts not only as a lubricant, but is said to help hold the wind element in place and assist in smoothing it out. Medicinal mixtures, too, are used in traditional Tibetan massage.

Benefits of Tibetan Massage

Traditionally, Tibetan massage was used to treat a number of "wind" disturbances. Some of these include:

  • Tension headaches
  • Heart palpitations
  • Menstrual disorders
  • Constipation
  • Sciatica and lumbar pain

Those who have experienced Tibetan massage for general therapeutic purposes or relaxation report a number of benefits for general health and well being, including:

  • Improved metabolism
  • Better sleep
  • Higher energy levels
  • Improved appetite
  • An elevated mood

Fortunately, I learned Tibetan massage and brought it to Canada, so you needn't travel to the "roof of the world" to experience it yourself.

 

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