Nepal’s Green Massage
Can something as ahhh-some some as a massage be green? Why not? Our definition of green extends to experiences that give back, that are embedded in a local economy and directly benefit local people in need. If your massage does that, it’s green. But I go even further. I say massage can even offer insight into a country’s culture. I’ve had my muscles brutalized by Russian babushkii, my neck twisted by Thais and my organs rearranged by Indian swamis. But in my experience nothing compares to the green and truly phenomenal massage treatments of Himalayan Healers, available at The Last Resort (three hours’ drive north of Kathmandu) as well as its own seven spa boutiques in Nepal.
Where else can you be touched by an Untouchable?
That’s right—these masseuses are members of Nepal’s lowest dalit caste—traditionally called the Untouchables. They now use touch to heal physical traumas. And, in so doing, they heal their own traumatic past.