What is Chi Nei Tsang?

hands_on_treatmentChi Nei Tsang (CNT) is a form of non-invasive abdominal massage. It is pronounced “Chee Nay Tsang” and is based on ancient, Chinese techniques that enhance the energy flow to all of the major systems in the body.  Chi Nei Tsang involves precise organ manipulations, work with the breath, and self awareness practices.

A session begins with the client relating his or her health concerns and history to the practitioner, and any last questions are addressed. The work is done clothed.  The client lies comfortably on his or her back, with legs supported and the belly exposed. CNT is done either on a mat on the floor or on a massage table. The session usually begins with some breathing exercises. The practitioner uses a supporting touch to guide the breath into places where its difficult, bringing the breath into a deeper more relaxed pattern.

Once a deeper breathing pattern has been established the practitioner will explore the abdomen, mapping the tensions that are in the tissues. The work is mostly gentle, and the touch is soft, although it can be deep. Places that are tender are explored and through awareness, focused breathing, and gentle manipulation the holdings in the tissues are relaxed and released. The practitioner may use guided imagery or meditations to help the client focus on, relax, or breathe into various organs and places in the body.

To conclude the session, the CNT practitioner may teach simple self-help follow up care to be done at home before the next appointment. This is important to maintain and continue the work of the session. Some Chi Nei Tsang practitioners also teach Chi Kung to their clients during sessions. A session lasts 40-50 minutes of hands on time, and may last up to two hours if combined with chi kung practice.

hands_on_treatment_closeupCNT detoxifies and tonifies the internal organs, uncovers repressed emotions, and releases structural tensions. CNT is also a system of personal development that emphasizes self-empowerment. It complements any existing practice.

Clients often experience a deep sense of relaxation and connection with themselves on a physical and emotional level during and sometimes for days after a session. There is a broad range of individual results from CNT, session-to-session as well as person-to-person. Most of the time people feel a little altered, things seem clearer, more vivid. Some people get tired and need to sleep for hours after a session. Some people get an energy boost, and feel great for the rest of the day. Some people feel very tired the next day. Others feel very emotional, crying or being very angry and irritable, or both with laughing mixed in as well! Some do not feel much at all.

It is common to have very vivid and strong dreams the night following the work. Often times they can reveal things that you are hiding from yourself. A session can continue working for up to 3 days.

In the long run, CNT is life enhancing. Many people become more aware of the life patterns that cause contraction and illness in their bodies and learn to reshape their lives for better health and personal potential.

Almost anyone can benefit from the relaxing and stress relieving qualities of Chi Nei Tsang. People needing support for their digestive, respiratory, cardio-vascular, lymphatic, nervous, endocrine, urinary, reproductive systems may find Chi Nei Tsang to be a gentle, life enhancing solution. Chi Nei Tsang is also helpful when difficult emotions are involved with chronic illness, as Chi Nei Tsang brings awareness and support to the process of digesting repressed emotions.

CNT has great results with many women’s health issues. CNT can greatly reduce and even eliminate painful menstrual cramps, shrink fibroids, and relieve the pain and infertility associated with endometriosis.

Chi Nei Tsang is also useful in helping abdominal issues associated with pain and blockages in the abdomen. Symptoms associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome ,colitis,and Crohn’s disease can be relieved. CNT also offers post surgery treatment for scar tissue.

Often chronic back problems are associated with visceral imbalance caused by the organs pulling on the vertebrate from the inside. After unwinding the tensions in the bowels it is common for back issues to dramatically improve to the point of not feeling daily pain any more.

A Chi Nei Tsang practitioner does not diagnose illness, disease or mental disorders and does not prescribe medical treatment or pharmaceuticals. It is recommended that clients seek informed medical advice about any condition they are experiencing working with the complementing fields of massage therapy, meditation and chi kung.

To find out more about Chi Nei Tsang, or to schedule an appointment, please call Andrew at 414-322-0006.