Traditional Tibetan Medicine
Traditional Tibetan Medicine (TTM) is a holistic system of establishing and maintaining health. It includes mental and physical health, as well as integrating seasonal and astrological effects as well as spirituality. The Tibetan’s medical knowledge was first documented in written form in the 7th century B.C.E. Their healing knowledge of their shamanic tradition was integrated, as well as the findings of diverse medical symposiums including participants from China, India, Greece, and Persia. Nutrition and lifestyle are considered to be very important in maintaining health.
The Tibetan term for mild therapies is “Jamche” (pronounced like jam chay). These treatments are used to harmonize the 3 main energy types in the body and to help prevent the incidence of illness. They are also used as wellness treatments for healthy people.
Kunye – Tibetan Healing Massage
Kunye is a full body massage with a special focus on energy points and the flow of energy. The most important energy points are first treated with small herbal stamps. Then the energy channels are massaged with herbal oil and special massage techniques.
Kunye is a very effective and pleasant method to re-balance disturbed energies and elements within the body. The session last approximately 90 minutes.
Please do not plan any important meetings after the massage, as your hair may become somewhat oily during the massage. In addition, your skin may retain some oil on the surface and thus transfer the oil to your clothing. Please keep this in mind when choosing your clothing.
Dugs pa – Warm or Cold Compresses
Diverse energy points on the body are massaged with the appropriate compresses – herbal or mineral. Dugs pa (pronounced dougpa with the “ou” from “through”) has a very relaxing effect. The treatment lasts about 45 – 60 minutes and resembles an ayurveda treatment with large herbal stamps. The herbal or mineral contents are selected to attune to the client’s needs.
The mild therapies of TTM are contraindicated:
- By hypertension not yet medicinally stabilized,
- By a significant overweight condition,
- During menstruation or pregnancy.