To complement the MASSAGE Magazine article, “Himalayan Healing: Nepali Massage,” by Rob Buckley, in the October 2013 issue. Article summary: As a Peace Corps volunteer, I provided help to the most marginalized and disadvantaged communities in Nepal, which naturally led to working with the untouchable caste. At one point during a long journey, it occurred to me the most beautiful and logical thing to do would be to open the first professional massage therapy school in Nepal—which would also be the only school in the world focused on teaching massage therapy to untouchables, as well as other people in profound need.
Training in traditional Nepali massage is available via instructional DVD or hands-on workshops in the U.S.
Any massage therapist who is willing to donate a portion of each Nepali massage session to Himalyan Healers may receive a Nepali massage DVD free of charge.
Massage therapists are also eligible to receive 16 continuing education units, via the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork, by watching the DVD.
After working on a completely volunteer basis for many years in Nepal to build and establish the Himalayan Healers massage school, I have handed over operations to local management there so I can open a massage school in Colorado.
The funds raised from therapists who receive the free DVD will be used as seed money to help open that new massage school.
Rob Buckley is the founder and former director of the Himalayan Healers massage school in Nepal. He has handed over operations to local management there, in order to return to the U.S. to open a community-based massage school in Colorado. For information on learning Nepali massage in the U.S., visit www.nepalimassage.com.