Constipation is a common condition effecting the digestive system. Associated symptoms can include bloating, tiredness, reflux, nausea and increased gas. One way to support the healthy movement of your large intestine is Chi Nei Tsang – abdominal organ massage.
According to the Centre of Digestive Diseases in Sydney “The causes of constipation include medications such as narcotics, low activity of the thyroid and elevated levels of calcium in the blood. There are rare genetic disorders but the most common cause of constipation remains unclear.”
Giles Marin, author of Healing From Within with Chi Nei Tsang, writes “Constipation can also be caused by the poor functioning of the intestine’s muscles; they can lose their tone and strength, or have become spastic. Laxatives poison these muscles causing the intestine to twist and twitch like a dying snake.”
Second Brain and Enteric Nervous System
The large intestine is part of your gut or digestive system. This system sometimes called the “second brain” or “emotional brain” has its own nervous system called the “enteric nervous system”. The gut contains 100 million neurons more then the spinal cord or the peripheral nervous system.
Major neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, glutamate, norephinephrine and nitric oxide are in the gut. Also two dozen small brain proteins, called neuropeptides are there along with the major cells of the immune system. Enkephalins (a member of the endorphins family) are also in the gut.” says Dr. Michael Gershon, a professor of anatomy and cell biology at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York
Your enteric nervous system can operate independent of your central nervous system. These two nervous systems communicate via your primary visceral nerve, the vagus nerve.
Your gut sends messages via your vagus nerve to your brain about how well you are digesting your food and emotions. When you experience “fight, fright or freeze” your brain sends messages via your vagus nerve to your gut.
Your large intestine, a 1.5 metre long organ looping from under your lower rib cage to just below your centre of gravity, is very important for your metabolism, your breathing, your immune system, your structure and posture, and emotional well-being.
If it gets constipated and enlarges, it can cause pain and discomfort; restrict the free motion of the diaphragm; compress your vagus nerve causing a fluctuation in your heart rate and blood pressure; and disturb your emotional well-being. It can also hide feelings that seem too difficult to feel and process.
Complexity of Large Intestine
Because of the size and location of your large intestine, it interacts with all the organs and soft tissue of the abdomen, lower back and pelvis. The complexity of all these interactions is where Chi Nei Tsang may help you.
Healing From Within with Chi Nei Tsang
Gilles Marin in his book Healing From Within with Chi Nei Tsang writes ”CNT on healthy individuals opens communications within clients so they can hear subtle messages and make necessary adjustments.”
“CNT on individuals with particular health issues helps establish connection with the very centre from which healing arises. When communication with this centre is established, directives for recovery come from within, leading to a process of adjustment perceived at all levels of existence: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and sexual.”
“CNT allows receivers to recognise within themselves certain zones of congestion or sensitivity and to connect such zones with more general patterns of tension extending to different parts of the body. Awareness developed by such contact brings to consciousness information that was missing.”
My clinical experience
From my clinical experience, one of the most common experiences of people suffering constipation and receiving Chi Nei Tsang is that they feel emotional for no obvious reason. They can also feel flat. And then in a day or so they start to feel better more alive.
“Quite emotional. The next day felt good.”
“My stomach start to clench quite tightly and it stayed tight for most of the day. The next day a very deep sadness came out. And today I actually felt very good.”
If you would like to explore how Chi Nei Tsang may help you, please give me a call on 0408 694 655 and book an appointment or for more information.