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.

རྟག་ཏུ་བསྐུ་བྱུག་སྤྱོད་བྱེད་རྒས་ངལ་རླུང༌། །
“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

Additional Topics
• 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.


Eric Rosenbush
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. Sanjay Rath in India. Prior to beginning his formal training in Tibetan Medicine with Dr. Nida Chenagtsang, he had a background in Tibetan religion, culture, and language through extended travels in the Himalayan and high plateau regions. For more information about Eric Rosenbush please visit:…
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