Chi Nei Tsang
One of the massage treatments I have learnt is called Chi Nei Tsang or internal organ chi massage. Could Chi Nei Tsang be your abdomen’s best friend.
In Giles Marin‘s book Healing From Within with Chi Nei Tsang, he writes ‘Chi Nei Tsang was developed a long time ago by Chinese Taoists monks in mountain monasteries striving to detoxify, strengthen, and refine the body to carry the energy to perform the highest levels of spiritual practices. It continues to be used by spiritual seekers as well as people who are searching for greater health and well-being.’
Your abdomen houses some of your most vital organs, the large nerve junction called your solar plexus, your abdominal aorta (major artery of abdomen), your inferior vena cava (major vein of abdomen) as well as being an important centre for balance and breathe.
When I first learnt massage, I was shown how to massage the head, neck, back, buttocks, arms, hands, legs and feet. I learnt relaxation massage, sports massage and various remedial massage techniques and this included most of the body but all excluded the abdomen and chest.
Training in abdominal and chest massage
I was happy to receive some training in abdominal and chest massage when I learnt shiatsu and Hawaiian Ka Huna massage. Then in 2005 I was fortunate to learn Chi Nei Tsang from Jutta Kellenberger a student of Mantak Chia a master of the Taoist healing arts and creator of the Universal Tao System and director of the Tao Garden Health Resort and Training Centre in Thailand.
Chi Nei Tsang (CNT) works principally on the abdomen with deep, soft and gentle touch that trains the organs to work more efficiently. All body systems are addressed: digestion, respiration, lymphatic, nervous, endocrine, urinary, reproductive, integumentary & musculoskeletal as well as the energy system chi.
I would like to share an experience I had with Chi Nei Tsang.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Nine years ago a man came to visit me for a CNT session who had been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). He felt extremely stressed for the last two years and had a bloated stomach with pain in the lower part and both sides of of his abdomen. He was experiencing diarrhoea and lots of intestinal gas. He had dark circles around his eyes and had difficultly sleeping. He was felt very anxious, exhausted and depressed. The first two session he received a massage to relax his body plus some Chi Nei Tsang on his large intestine and gall bladder.
From his third session, he received Chi Nei Tsang for the whole session. We predominately concentrated on his ascending colon as well as using a pumping technique on his lower ribs to help his gall bladder, liver and stomach. After his fourth session in ten days, he told me that he woke with no pain in his abdomen. The first time in two years.
He changed his sessions to every three weeks and we continued working on the large intestine, gall bladder, liver and stomach as well as lower back and kidneys because of his chronic stress and exhaustion.
As his abdominal area improved its health, I shifted my approach to include massaging his neck, back and shoulders.
After two months and nine sessions, he was feeling great. He was sleeping well and was able to digest his food easily and all signs of irritable bowel syndrome had gone. He was now able to deeply relax during a session. As part of his recovery, he decided to quit his job that was stressful and found a job that he was passionate about. He started making many decisions and taking actions that were beneficial for his health and well-being. I massaged him a couple of times over the next year and his health remained good.
Chi Nei Tsang and diaphragm movement
In my experience when our organs are not working well they generally become hard. Also our organs can be stuck in one place in our abdomen. Chi Nei Tsang treatments can help our organs regain their suppleness and return to optimum movement within our abdomen.
When our organs are supple and are able to move in their optimum space, each time we breathe in and out our diaphragm moves up and down massaging our organs and improving our health. When our organs are hard and stuck, we are not receiving the full health benefits of our breathing and diaphragmatic movement.
If you would like more information about how Chi Nei Tsang may help you, please give me a call on 0408 694 655 and if interested book an appointment to find out if Chi Nei Tsang treatment could be your abdomen’s best friend.