Traditional Tibetan External Therapies
Tibetan external therapies were developed as an important part of the Tibetan healing tradition. Its ancient holistic perspective addresses the whole body, the subtle energy system, and mind and spirit. A full spectrum of modalities are traditionally used, including diet, lifestyle, herbs, external therapies, and spiritual practices.
Flourishing in the Himalayan region, this profound spiritual science has recently spread to the West. Mahasukha Spa is one of the few places in the United States where Tibetan external therapies can be experienced.
Mahasukha Spa offers a variety of traditional Tibetan therapies. These powerful modalities are unique and are a rare treat to experience.
We offer KuNye massage, herbal bath therapy, and other therapeutic modalities, which can be combined for maximum benefit. Choose from the menu, or speak with our practitioners to determine which specific treatments will best suit your needs.
Tibetan External Treatments
Today it is generally understood that imbalances are caused to a large extent by an improper diet and/or lifestyle. Examples of this include alcoholism, hypertension, and high blood pressure.
The practitioner/therapist performs a visual exam, checking complexion, the color and texture of nails, sputum, and other such general conditions. The practitioner/therapist will have you fill out an intake form to list various symptoms.
The Tibetan technique of pulse reading helps the practitioner determine which imbalances afflict a person. There are six distinct pulses at the radial artery of each wrist that correspond to the internal organs. We feel for such things as the width, depth, strength, speed, and quality of the pulse. Each of those factors, when understood properly, allows insight into the imbalance.
From a urine sample, the practitioner will glean additional information as to the possible nature of the imbalance, the presence of infection, and the localization of the imbalance, among other things. This evaluation comes from ancient healing traditions.
Price (30 min) $170
KuNye Tibetan Massage
KuNye is the core of Tibetan massage therapy. Originating from the ancient sages of Tibet, this practice has developed through generations of practitioners and is widely believed to restore the body’s energy, balance, and well-being. KuNye aids in reducing stress, which in Tibetan therapies relates to blockage of the wind element in the body.
The KuNye session will vary according to your specific needs. Herbal oils are selected and then worked into the skin, penetrating into the tissues. The therapy progresses to deeper work on muscles, energy points, and meridians. Finally, the oil may be removed from the body using powders or other means.
Full-Body KuNye Massage
Price (90 min): $195
Extended KuNye Therapy
A KuNye massage can be combined with selections of some of the Tibetan external therapies described below and tailored for your individual needs.
Complete KuNye Session
Price (120 min) $250
Tibetan External Therapies
HorMe Mongolian Hot Oil Compress
This unique therapy developed in Mongolia uses herbal boluses immersed in hot oil, which are applied to energetic points. HorMe may be beneficial for stress, nourishing and rejuvenating the body.
Available with Extended KuNye Therapy only.
MeBum Cupping Therapy
This powerful therapy uses suction cups applied to the body’s chakra points. Cupping is renowned in Tibet and in other Asian countries for its power to help detoxify the body and stimulate healthy circulation.
Individual Cupping Session
Price (60 mins) $100
YukCho Tibetan Stick Therapy
Revealed by Tibetan yogis from hidden treasure teachings, this is a unique therapy involving tapping with herbal or wooden substances, using subtle pulsation to resonate deep into the body, helping to increase energy circulation and counteract various types of imbalances.
Individual Stick Therapy Session
Price (60 mins) $100
DoNye Stone Massage
DoNye is a deep massage using Tibetan herbal oils with heated stones to work the muscles, fascia, and energy points of the body.
Individual DoNye Massage Session
Price (60 minutes) $135
This technique utilizes therapeutic powders that are rubbed into the skin. Wonderful after an herbal bath or steam, this therapy is traditionally used to cleanse and soften the skin, reduce swelling, and facilitate weight loss.
Available with Extended KuNye Therapy Only.
Tibetan Herbal Bath and Massage
Herbal bath therapy has been used for millennia by the Tibetan people on the high plateau. Partial- or whole-body soaks in a tub full of pure and high-quality herbs may have a variety of benefits, including promotion of circulation, cleansing of the body and skin, and relieving joint pains. It is highly recommended that your soak be followed by either a KuNye Tibetan or a Chi-Powder Massage.
Five Nectars Healing Bath
The Five Nectars Healing Bath is composed of a blend of Himalayan healing plants, which have the potential to transform water into healing nectar. It is beneficial for joint issues, as well as for chronic discomfort and pains in general.
Price (45 min): $40
Evergreen Rejuvenation Bath
Our Rejuvenation Bath is a blend of evergreens from the Catskills, which will leave you feeling completely restored and refreshed.
Price (45 min): $40
The Floral Bath is a special combination of flower essences, which creates a tonic to balance your body’s energies and leave the skin refreshed.
Price (45 min): $40
Menla’s 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.
Menla’s 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 people’s 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.