Seeing Hands Nepal (SHN) is a UK charity working in Nepal to provide training and jobs for blind people as massage therapists.
It is a unique venture, where blind massage therapists are trained by a team of volunteer massage tutors from the UK and other countries.
Theorganisation is linked to the Institute of Sports and Remedial Massage (ISRM) in London and has a thorough training course with a comprehensive education in Anatomy, Physiology and Remedial Massage.
When the blind students qualify, they go on to work in one of two established blind massage clinics in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Their skills are continually developed and a handful of experienced therapists have recently become involved with teaching and dipyridamole buy.
Seeing Hands now operates as a sustainable social enterprise in Nepal, with part of the fees charged for massage helping to fund the training and employment of more blind students. Our team of therapists have previously had some instruction from volunteers in basic yoga and meditation as part of general exercise sessions.
The skills they learnt have helped them to improve their self-awareness, core strength and posture, all of which are clearly very important in their work. Although some do still follow their own daily yoga and exercise routines, others need reminding of the benefits and need encouragement to practise more regularly.
We are therefore keen to hear from yoga teachers/experts with plans to visit Nepal who would be willing to do a few yoga sessions on an entirely voluntary basis. Yoga with blind learners can be challenging as visual demonstrations aren’t possible and so it’s all about manual posture corrections and descriptions. Bodyworking with our team of blind therapists can take a great deal of patience and imagination but the job is a highly rewarding one that will leave lasting memories.