KuNye Massage Program

Ku Nye is a core practice of the Tibetan Medical tradition. Originating from the ancient sages of Tibet over 3900 years ago, Ku Nye massage employs the wisdom of Traditional Tibetan Medicine and yogic understanding of the body’s energy to bring balance and health. There is a wide range of techniques, employing herbal infused oils to treat the patient’s imbalances or balance their constitution.

The Ku Nye Traditional Tibetan Massage certificate program is divided into 3 Levels of training. Each level consists of 10 - 14 days of study with Dr Nida and other qualified Ku Nye instructors, followed by additional practice and study requirements throughout the year, including facilitated study sessions. Once completed, students are required to sit for an examination before entering into the next stage of their learning. Upon completing all three levels of training and additional homework assignments, students will receive their certification in Kunye and Tibetan External therapies from IATTM.

Students can choose to take any portion of the program that suits them. If they are only interested in basic massage training, level 1 is sufficient to learn the fundamentals of how to do a Ku Nye massage. Later, they are free to continue the program if they desire to go deeper.


Level 1: The KuNye Massage Sequence

This first course presents the basic techniques of Ku Nye massage. The students learn fundamental principles of Tibetan Medicine and continue with enough practical training to perform a Ku Nye session.


TTM Basics

  • Introduction to Sowa Rigpa
  • Tibetan external therapies and Kunye massage
  • Cosmology, five elements
  • Three humors, fifteen sub-humors, twenty qualities of energy
  • Typology, basic constitutional analysis
  • Basic diagnostics through observation and palpation
  • Breathing exercises to purify the body’s channels and negative emotions
  • Postures and basic Tibetan therapeutic yoga and meditation



  • Uses and applications of herbal oils
  • Facilitated joint movements
  • Techniques of ku- applying and penetrating oil
  • Therapeutic application of heat or cold



  • Introduction to Tibetan energy points
  • Tibetan acupressure point massage
  • Channel massage techniques- external and internal
  • Treatment of muscles and tissues<
  • Techniques of nye- specific methods for various body parts



  • Methods of oil removal using herbal powders and other techniques
  • Basic TTM Anatomy and Energy Body Study
  • Meridians of Tibetan Medicine
  • Deeper of the point systems used in Ku Nye
  • Study of the 7 levels of bodily tissues<br />5 solid organs, 6 hollow organs, 5 sense organs


Treatment Protocols

  • Deeper study of ku, nye, and chi
  • Simple methods of relaxation
  • Horme- Mongolian hot herbal oil compress
  • Hot stone therapy


Additional Topics

  • Diet and lifestyle- simple recipes and lifestyle suggestions
  • Herbal study- common herbs
  • Making, choosing, and using herbal oils
  • Benefits and contraindications to Kunye Therapies


Level 2: External Therapies

The second level of KuNye training goes deeper into the vast array of therapeutic techniques held by the Tibetan Medical lineage. Many external therapeutic tools will be introduced, with more specific techniques for various conditions. Theoretical training will also deepen, incorporating Tibetan astrology and the Vajrayana tradition.



  • Integration of the theoretical and practical training from the first level
  • Traditional external uses of stones, shells, and agate
  • Stick therapy- originally a secret yogic tradition of healing by tapping
  • Hot and cold compresses for various conditions
  • Treatment of wind imbalances- anxiety, insomnia, and other common conditions 
  • Fundamentals of pulse reading
  • Working with specific conditions
  • More specific treatment protocols
  • Further study of herbs used in the treatments
  • Moxa- 10 different types of heat therapies
  • Cupping- use of the Tibetan copper cup
  • Herbal bath and steam therapy
  • Subtle energetic massage- on the bLa points and chakras
  • Treatment of phlegm imbalances- digestion, circulation, and other common condition
  • Fundamentals of urine analysis
  • Study of the subtle body’s chakras and channels according to TTM, including pathology and specific treatments.
  • La- the Protective Soul, its movement corresponding to solar and lunar time cycles, applications in KuNye treatment
  • Astrological calculation of positive and negative days for therapies.


Level 3: Diagnostics and Treatments

The final level of the KuNye program will integrate deeper aspects of TTM knowledge into the training. Traditional diagnostics and pathology will be taught in some depth. This will primarily be based on material from the Third and Fourth of the Tibetan Medical Tantras. All of this will be integrated with further refinements of previous techniques to treat specific conditions.

  • Integration of the previous levels, both theoretical and practical


TTM Diagnostics

  • Detailed explanation of pulse diagnosis
  • Detailed explanation of urine analysis


TTM Pathology

  • Bile and Phlegm Pathology
  • Treatment of pathologies of the three humors within Tibetan Medicine.
  • Localized and generalized conditions will be introduced, along with diagnostic guidelines.

Upon completion of this training, the students will have competent knowledge and experience to be authentic, and skilled practitioners. They will be able to conduct a consultation according to Sowa Rigpa (TTM), and perform external therapies with sufficient techniques to work in a private practice.

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