Teaching Massage to Untouchables

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Story Produced by Elise Thatcher

In Nepal, “untouchables” are at the bottom of the caste system. As the name implies, it’s taboo even to touch them. They’re relegated to the most menial jobs. A Grand Junction man is giving them a shot at something more by training them in massage. In 2005, Rob Buckley started a school in Nepal called “Himalayan Healers.” It grew out of his time in the Peace Corps. He’s now back in Grand Junction and starting a massage school there. Buckley talks with Ryan Warner. (First aired April 27, 2011)

[Photo: Ahmad Seraj Sarim]