Chi Nei Tsang
Taoist Abdominal Detox Massage
I've trained people in this technique on 4 continents over 5 years, and on the 5th next month here in India. As a bodywork/somatic therapist with 35 years experience, I've always had to adapt my offerings to what was wanted by clients, and the bread-and-butter work was always full body/deep tissue massage with my esoteric healing techniques adding deeper value. Since training in CNT 10 years ago, more and more of my income has come from offering belly massages. This is partly due to the fact that few therapists are offering comprehensive work in the abdomen, but also the incredible benefits that this work brings. Now 95% of my bodywork sessions are belly massages. I am also immensely proud of those students of mine who have gone on to become CNT practitioners and the profound shifts they bring to people's lives.
When modern medical "science" has given up on someone, CNT can produce results. Restoring the proper function of the organs automatically restores health, vitality and the increased production of the "happiness hormone" serotonin. Issues with reproductive health/fertility/menstruation/menopause are consistently relieved. Our emotions are also inextricably linked to our physical health, and CNT always releases "stuck" emotions, and helps people to process and move past traumatic events, clearing toxic cellular memories and energetic cysts that cause our organs and intestines to become sluggish and lead towards degenerative diseases. Going straight to the root of our problems, the engine room of the body, the nutrient factory and the garbage dump/garbage processor, and our emotional core, can bring about not just a temporary reprieve from the symptoms of stress, but lasting healing.
The Taoist sages of ancient China observed that humans often develop energy blockages in their internal organs that result in knots and tangles in their abdomens. These obstructions occur at the center of the body's vital functions and constrict the flow of Chi (energy), our life-force. The negative emotions of fear, anger anxiety, depression, and worry cause the most damage. Problems can also be caused by overwork, stress, accidents, surgery, drugs, toxins, poor food, and bad posture.
These sages discovered or believed that the internal organs connect with the forces of the universe and provide a link between the human microcosm and the universal macrocosm. The organs contain the essences of the spiritual force of a human being. They also provide the physical lines of force that hold the body together and give it structure.
When obstructed the internal organs store unhealthy energies instead of releasing them; they can then overflow into other bodily systems and surface as negative emotions and sickness. Always in search of an outlet, these negative emotions and toxic energies create a perpetual cycle of negativity and stress. If the negative emotions can't find an outlet, they fester in the organs or move into the abdomen, the body's "garbage dump". The abdomen can process some emotional garbage, but more often it can't keep up with the flow. The energetic center of the body located at the navel becomes congested and cut off from the rest of the body.
Chi also moves through the body's internal channels, nervous system, blood vessels, and lymph glands. These systems concentrate and cross paths in the abdomen which acts as their control center. Tensions, worries, and stresses of the day, month, or year accumulate there and are seldom dispersed. These disturbances can cause physical tangling and knotting of the nerves, blood vessels, and lymph nodes. The result is the gradual obstruction of energy circulation.
The Taoists discovered that most maladies could be healed once the underlying toxins and negative forces were released from the body. They developed the art of Chi Nei Tsang to recycle and transform negative energies that obstruct the internal organs and cause knots in the abdomen. Chi Nei Tsang clears out the toxins, bad emotions, and excessive heat or heat deficiencies that cause the organs to dysfunction.
This method is suitable for any person who wants to experience a better level of health on a general physical as well as emotional level. Most digestive disorders are ameliorated, and the improvement of reproductive and sexual health is often found in the anecdotal evidence presented by practitioners, such as in the field of infertility and erectile function. It is easy to suppose that most common diseases stem from the malfunction of our vital organs and intestines.
This method is not suitable for persons who have had abdominal surgery in the last year. It is not practiced during pregnancy or menstruation Do not eat a big meal before having Chi Nei Tsang, and no food for about 2 hours before. The duration of the treatment is 1 hour.
The Chi Nei Tsang treatment is performed solely on the abdomen, with oil, working with the breath and healing sounds related to the different organs as prescribed by Chinese medicine.
What are the Benefits of Chi Nei Tsang?
CNT detoxifies, restructures and strengthens the body. While focusing mainly on the abdomen, specifically the organs and intestines, the entire body and existence of the person are affected. All systems of the body are addressed, including lymphatic, digestion, respiration, nervous and reproductive systems as well as the immune system.
CNT stimulates the internal organs to work more efficiently and helps correct postural problems resulting from imbalance in the abdominal area. Deep-seated tensions are released and vitality restored. The body resumes more optimal functioning.
CNT helps people to grow and change by listening to their bodies. Pain and other symptoms are understood not as problems to be fixed but as messages to pay attention to. Such an approach brings about true healing rather than simply curing the symptoms.
CNT helps people to balance their emotions. Unprocessed emotions are stored in the digestive system waiting to be addressed. Poor emotional digestion is one of the main reasons for ill health. Chi Nei Tsang allows emotions to unfold, making it possible for individuals to evolve and grow. Then your physical/emotional body is free to move beyond the effects of past emotional events and experience life more comfortably in the present.
CNT augments other health care modalities including psychotherapy and acupuncture. Clients who have CNT session before and after surgery recover better and faster. It is especially beneficial In conjunction with a fasting and detox program
What is a session like?
My CNT sessions are usually around 90 minutes, depending on what needs or can be processed in one session. You lie face up on a massage table wearing comfortable clothing, with a pillow under your knees. I help you to relax and breathe deeply. Then I work on your abdomen with a deep, soft and gentle touch, using a combination of sesame and coconut oils.
After treatment people often feel more “in their bodies” and much more relaxed and emotionally integrated.
How often will I need sessions?
This varies according to each person’s needs. One session is beneficial. Often people come for a series of sessions for a chronic health problem.
Clients experience relief from:
Stress, depression, anxiety, fear, grief, trauma, breathing problems, digestive disorders, menstrual problems, sleep difficulties and fatigue.
Digestive problems treated include:
Abdominal pain, irritable bowel syndrome, gall bladder pain, bloating, acid reflux, and constipation, and other digestive issues
Clients typically experience: Greater energy, Emotional resilience, Enhanced self-esteem, Expanded creativity, Comfort in intimacy, Greater enjoyment