Tibetan Therapies

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Overview

Tibetan Medicine (Sowa Rigpa) is a complete healing science referring to the entire Tibetan and Himalayan system of holistic natural medicine. Thousands of years old, it carries its own unique wisdom cultivated within Tibet while inte- gratrating much of the ancient Ayurvedic, Greek, and Chinese systems. One of the things that makes Tibetan Medicine unique is its emphasis on the spiritual component of the mind-body-spirit connection.

Our spa offers traditional Tibetan therapies, rarely found in the West, which can be experienced individually or com- bined together for maximum benefit. Each of our Tibetan treatments addresses your body as a whole, including your subtle energy system, your mind, and your spirit. All therapists offering Tibetan treatments at our spa have been trained by traditional Tibetan health practitioners.

For a comprehensive wellness experience, we recommend you book a consultation with our Tibetan doctor who will assess your total health condition and prescribe the best therapies for your constitution. A full range of aspects are considered including diet, lifestyle, external therapies, spiritual practices, and the use of medicinal herbs.

Tibetan Holistic Health Evaluation

Our doctor is not always on-site–please book well in advance.

Book a health evaluation for a detailed analysis and deeper understanding of your body’s unique condition, imbalances, and healing needs, based on several diagnostic methods. The Visual Examination includes a thoroughly analysis of your skin complexion, the color and texture of your hair and nails, the clearness in your irises, your sputum, and the quality of your voice. In the Pulse Analysis, the doctor feels for and listens to several distinct pulses that correspond to your internal organs, feeling for the width, depth, strength, speed, and quality of each pulse. This technique, famed for its accuracy, allows remarkable insight into any imbalances. Urinalysis is also an essential part of the traditional evaluation and provides additional information about the possible causes of imbalances detected in your body. Tibetan Medicine inherited the complete system of Urinalysis from ancient Greece.

45 minutes $150

KU NYE TIBETAN MASSAGE

We recommend you bring a hat or scarf to cover your head after all Ku Nye treatments.

Basic Ku Nye Massage

Ku Nye is the core of Tibetan massage therapy and is widely believed to restore the body’s energy, balance, and well being. Your Ku Nye session will vary according to your specific needs. We hand-blend our three signature Tibetan herbal oils using sesame, ginger, red sandalwood, and juniper. Your therapist will choose the blend that works best for your body type. Your treatment begins with the application of oil from head to toe and progresses to deeper work on muscles.

Extended Ku Nye Massage

For a fuller authentic experience, we recommend experiencing extended KuNye therapies which will take you beyond your Basic KuNye massage. Based on your individual condition, extended KuNye therapies may include any of four traditional modalities: Hor Me, Yuk Chö, Do Nye, and Me Bum. When you book an Extended KuNye Massage, your therapist will recommend which of these treatments to included in your session, making it a full two hour nurturing experience. You may also experience Do Nye or Me Bum therapies apart from a Ku Nye Massage, as 60 minute individual sessions.

Basic Ku Nye: 90 minutes $195 (individual) or $375 (couple)
Extended Ku Nye: 120 minutes $250 (individual) or $485 (couple)

Hor Me – Mongolian Hot Oil Compress

This traditional therapy, developed in Mongolia, uses herbal boluses filled with clove, cardamom, saffron, bamboo, and nutmeg in our hand-blended oil. The boluses are applied to your energy points as indicated in Tibetan medicine. The HorMe is beneficial for stress as well as nourishing and rejuvenating the body.

Available with Your Extended Ku Nye Therapy only.

Yuk Chö – Tibetan Stick Therapy

A centuries-old therapy passed down by Tibetan yogis from their treasured teachings, it involves gentle tapping, which creates subtle pulsations that deeply resonate within the body. This therapy helps to increase energy and circulation as well as countering imbalances in the body.

Available with Your Extended Ku Nye Therapy only.

Do Nye – Stone Massage

This is a deep massage using Tibetan herbal oils with heated stones placed on specific energy points. The sensation of the warmth from the stones combined with the soothing massage encourages a feeling of healing and calm.

Available with Your Extended Ku Nye Therapy or Book a Separate Session.

60 minute Session for $135 (individual) or $255 (couple)

Me Bum – Cupping Therapy

This powerful therapy uses suction cups applied to your body’s chakra energy points. Cupping is an effective therapy that is popular in Tibet and other Asian countries to help detoxify and stimulate healthy circulation.

Available with Your Extended Ku Nye Therapy or Book a Separate Session

60 minute Session for $135 (individual) or $255 (couple)

TIBETAN HERBAL BATH THERAPIES

At least 48 hours advance notice is needed to book these.

Herbal bath therapy is a healing tradition practiced by the Tibetan people on the high plateau. Infused with curative medicinal herbs, full-body soaks cleanse, de-stress, boost circulation, and ease discomfort and pain in your body. To experience the full benefits, we recommend pairing your bath with a Ku Nye Tibetan Massage.

45 minutes $50

Five Nectars Bath Therapy

This powerful bath remedy is infused with the wild Himalayan plants of rhododendron, ephedra, mugwort, horsetail, juniper greens, and juniper berries. These are known to ease muscle and joint pain and will leave you feeling relaxed and restored.

Evergreen Rejuvenation Bath Therapy

Immerse yourself in refreshing bathwater infused with healing plants grown locally in the Catskill Mountains: greens and berries of local fir, spruce, pine, cedar, and juniper trees.

Flower Bath Therapy

Enjoy the sensation of soaking in this flower bath tonic surrounded by bursts of vibrant colors. This floral scented water includes a pure essential oil blend of patchouli, mandarin, jatamansi, ylang ylang and night blooming jasmine.

Himalayan Detox Bath Therapy

Immerse yourself in This cleansing bath ritual features Himalayan pink salt crystals, the purifying essential oil of rhododendron, and the forest oils of silver fir, pine, juniper, spruce, and angelica root.

DETOX RITUAL PACKAGES

At least 24 hours advance notice is needed to book these packages. See Day Spa Packages for half day and full day options.

Himalayan Journey: Himalayan Salt & Oil Detox Ritual

Begin your journey with a session in the Far Infrared Sauna to purify your skin. A one-hour Deep Tissue Massage fol- lows, to boost circulation and move toxins out of your body. This treatment concludes with a Himalayan detox bath therapy to leave you feeling cleansed and invigorated.

2 hours $225 (individual) or $435 (couple)

Journey to Tibet: Tibetan Detox Ritual

This package is for those who want to experience the ancient healing practices of Tibet. It begins with an herbal steam box session to purify your skin, followed by a soothing Tibetan Five Nectars Bath therapy. The ritual concludes with a thera- peutic Tibetan KuNye Massage that helps release energetic blockages. This ritual helps release energetic blockages and is especially recommended for those who suffer from joint pain and chronic arthritis.

2.5 hours $265 (individual) or $515 (couple)

Journey to India: Ayurvedic Detox Ritual

Transport yourself to mother India with this Ayurvedic healing ritual that begins with an herbal steam box session, infused with detoxifying herbs to help clear your mind. This is followed by a skin-cleansing Abhyanga Garshana massage for deeper exfoliation. The ritual concludes with a soothing head and scalp therapy to leave you feeling replenished and renewed.

2 hours $225 (individual) or $435 (couple)

Journey to Thailand: Thai Detox Ritual

Visit the Kingdom of Thailand with this detox ritual, begining with a steam box session infused with detoxifying Thai herbs, followed by an invigorating Thai Yoga Massage to stimulate the chi energy flow throughout your body. It concludes with a purifying Himalayan Detox Bath Therapy, leaving you feeling cleansed and restored.

2.5 hours $265 (individual) or $515 (couple)

Create Your Own Journey

Combine any three treatments to create your own personal- ized spa ritual. Please contact our Spa team in advance.

STEAM & SAUNAS

Traditional Finnish Saunas

Traditional saunas help to relax your muscles and reduce stress in your body, better preparing you for your massage. Saunas are traditionally used to flush toxins, aid in deep sleep, burn calories, improve cardiovascular health, and fight illness.

Far Infrared Saunas

Far infrared light safely penetrates your tissues, joints, and muscles down to the cellular level. It helps remove heavy metals and other environmental toxins while increasing feel-good serotonin levels. Unlike regular saunas, far infrared saunas maintain a comfortable air temperature, using radiant heat like the sun, but without any harmful ultraviolet rays. No more than 15-30 minutes is needed.

Steam Rooms

Steam rooms create 100% humidity conditions, delivering the detoxifying benefits of saunas while offering additional benefits. Steam rooms are more hydrating to your skin than saunas, making them good for those with dry skin. They also help clear your throat and relieve sinus and lung congestion.

Saunas and Steam Rooms are complimentary with your massage or bodywork session.

$25 if booked separately.

Ayurvedic Swedana – Steam Therapy

24 hours advance notice is needed to book this therapy.

This steam therapy is traditionally given with herbs to help relieve excess doshas or body-type imbalances. A Swedana ses- sion increases circulation and blood flow to the skin, pro- motes water-weight loss, burns calories, and beautifies your skin.

15-30 minutes $50

DAY SPA PACKAGES

Need more time to rest, restore, and recharge? Come for a day and enjoy nourishing peace and tranquility time by yourself, with your partner, or with friends within the stunning surroundings of our private nature resort.

Journey to Bliss – Half-Day Retreat

60-minute Personal Yoga Session or Mindful Meditation 30-minute Ayurvedic Steam Box or Far Infrared Sauna 90-minute Customized Massage

Vegetarian Spa Cuisine Herbal Tea & Refreshments

$330 (individual) or $590 (couple)

Journey to Shambhala – Full-Day Retreat

60-minute Tibetan Longevity Yoga 30-minute Herbal Steam Therapy 90-minute Tibetan Ku Nye Massage

60-minute Yoga Nidra Meditation or Sound Bath Silent Nature Walk

Vegetarian spa cuisine Herbal tea & refreshments

$455 (individual) or $790 (couple)

Menlas Primary Tibetan Doctor


Dr. Nida Chenagtsang
 was born in Amdo, Tibet, in a nomadic environment living close to nature. He studied the local medical system and completed his formal training at the Lhasa Tibetan Medical University. Later he practiced in various hospitals in Tibet, and he has published many works on traditional Tibetan medicine. He has extensively researched ancient Tibetan medicinal treatments, specializing in the revival of external therapies, which has brought him high acclaim in the field of Tibetan medicine in both the East and West.
Dr. Nida is director of the International Academy for Traditional Tibetan Medicine (IATTM) and co-founder of the International Ngak-Mang Institutes (NMI), established to preserve and maintain the Rebkong Ngakpa culture within modern Tibetan society. For many years, he has been teaching courses on Tibetan medicine and related sciences all over the world.

Dr. Nida and the Sorig Institute are formally partnering with Menla to offer the ancient system of healing of Tibetan medicine to our guests.

Links:

www.soriginstitute.org

www.iattm.net

Menlas Supporting Tibetan Doctors

Dr. Tashi Rabten is a Tibetan in exile from his native land and a citizen of the United States. He received his degree from a Lhasa medical school in the 1990s and has been practicing medicine for the last 25 years. Dr. Rabten specializes in the use of Himalayan natural healing products to help his patients find both optimum health and balance in their lives. He maintains a successful medical practice in Valley Cottage, NY, and gives lectures on Tibetan medicine at Western Connecticut State University, CT.

Dr. Choeying Phuntsok was born in eastern Tibet, where he began classical Tibetan medical studies at Derge Tibetan Medical School in 1976. He subsequently joined the Tibetan community in exile in India and continued his training at the Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute (also known as Men-Tsee-Khang) in Dharamsala, India, from 1981 to 1987. During this time he studied under Dr. Lobsong Choepel, a senior teacher in Tibet, and Dr. Tenzin Choedrak, one of the most eminent masters of the Tibetan medical tradition and the Senior Personal Physician to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Having served on the medical faculty of the Men-Tsee-Khang for the past decade, most recently as Deputy Director of Pharmacy, Dr. Phuntsok is currently one of the most senior traditional Tibetan physicians in the West.

History of Tibetan Medicine

Centuries ago, before Buddhism entered Tibet, Tibetans, like all ancient people, had a significant degree of medical knowledge. According to traditional sources, at the beginning of the fourth century many new ideas regarding medicine began to enter the country. Around the seventh-eighth centuries the Tibetan government began sponsoring conferences where doctors skilled in the medical systems of China, Persia, India, and Greece presented and debated their ideas regarding health and the treatment of illness. Those with superior abilities in the diagnosis, treatment, and understanding of illness were invited to stay and contribute to the country’s medical knowledge base. In the eleventh century, this knowledge was codified into a unique system containing a synthesis of the principles of physical and psychological medicine imbued with a Buddhist spiritual understanding. This understanding formed a foundation for Tibetan medicine and benefited patients and doctors alike. It acknowledged how health and illness resulted both from the relationship between the mind and the body and peoples connectedness to the natural world and sense of spirituality.

Tibetans lived in direct contact with the natural environment. They understood through experience and study that natural forces in the environment directly correlate with and influence the functioning of the human being. All of the material that makes up our universe consists of qualities of five basic elements, which are described in the ancient texts on Tibetan medicine. In the theory of the five elements we see an effort to define the qualities of the basic forces that exist in nature.

Tibetan doctors begin their training by studying the four tantras, ancient texts that are the root of the discipline. The tantras speak of health as a state of balance among three systems governing body and mind. The wind system deals with circulation, of blood, nerve impulses, even of thoughts in the mind. The system of heat deals with metabolism, liver, and digestion. And the system of cold is concerned with the structure and stability of the body. When these systems become imbalanced, illness results. Doctors study the tantras for four years, and after passing written and oral examinations, spend another three years studying under a senior physician before they become eligible to practice medicine.