In the West, people are familiar with feeling love and happiness in the heart. In the Tao, there is a concept of yin and yang – positive and negative – so on the flip side, we can also feel hatred, arrogance, and impatience in the heart. Taoists attributed virtues and emotions to each of the organs. Thus our emotional stability is affected by our organ health and vice versa.
When stress prevails, the abdomen can become a common dumping ground for excess negative emotions and toxic energy. This causes a negative cycle of ill-health, sluggishness and a loss of vitality. The Taoist tradition emphasizes the importance of the Tan Tien – the energy center located around the navel – our first connection to the world. Chi Nei Tsang detoxes and revitalizes this essential energy center. Direct massage of the organs/organ pressure points and the abdomen and navel can alleviate the debilitating effects of stress, increase vitality, balance emotions and improve immunity and health.
The difference between CNT and other healing arts?
The difference is that compared to other massages or therapies that treat other conditions like reiki, shiatsu, Swedish massage , chi nei tsang works on the stomach by focusing on the internal organs and the obstructions that prevent the energy to circulate in the body, the belief system is that the organs connect with the five forces of the universe and provide a link between the human microcosm and the universal macrocosm, the organs containing the essences of the spiritual force of a human being.
The law of creation and control establishes relationships among the five phases of chi and their associated organs, heart(fire), lungs(metal), kidneys(water), liver(wood), and spleen(earth).
In the law of creation fire(heart) will burn and create ash which Is taken by earth (stomach) and re-used. If the earth is strong and of good quality we can extract the metal(lungs) from which it generates water(kidneys) which nurtures the wood(liver) which burn for the fire(heart).
As we can see if the organs are healthy, they will help each other so the body will be in a perfect balance.
In the law of control, an organ is trying to overwhelm a weaker organ so the fire(heart) will melt the metal(lung) which will chop the wood(liver) ,the wood from the roots will separate earth(stomach) ,earth will absorb all the water (kidneys) and water will put of the fire (heart)
Thus it is important to realise where the imbalance is ,the organ that is to strong to be reduced and the organs that is to weak to be increased in energy.
Chi Nei Tsang treatments aim at clearing energy blockages within the abdominal, pelvic and thoracic area and in the actual internal organs, thereby improving the free and unobstructed flow of blood supply, internal energy, proper functioning of internal organs and vital functions, and emotional balance.
The treatment promotes better circulation of blood and other bodily fluids (important for internal distribution of oxygen, nutrition, hormones, and the like) and can solve excretory problems. Think about issues of numbness and tingling in the arms, hands, legs or feet, or gallstones, and urinary tract or prostate infections.
Other advantages may be the relief or elimination of digestive problems, such as so-called irritable bowel syndrome, bloating, and constipation. The treatment also eliminates toxins (detoxification) in the gastrointestinal tract and promotes overall lymphatic drainage, which can help to boost the immune system and better support the body to get rid of toxins.
On the pure physical awareness level, many pains, such as headaches, neck, back and muscle pains, and menstrual cramps can be alleviated or cured. Additionally, the treatment realigns the organs with a positive effect on overall posture and bodily performance.
On the emotional level, old traumas can be released. It’s believed that the cells of the body, especially those in the abdominal region, retain information (and reactions) to traumatic experiences. With work on those cells, that is – releasing tension, contractions, knots, and tangles, old negative and stagnant energy can finally leave the body at the same time giving emotional release and relief to the person.
Chi Nei Tsang can be of particular benefit to some of the more intractable contemporary problems, such as:
- Sleep disorders
- Digestive disorders involving the liver, gallbladder, kidneys, pancreas, etc.
- Challenges to fertility
- Nervous disorders such as anxiety and depression
- Musculoskeletal problems of undetermined origin, and
- Auto-immune disorders such as Lupus and chronic fatigue.
Additionally, Chi Nei Tsang can help to speed healing from injury or trauma, including obstetrical and surgical trauma.
Again, Chi Nei Tsang does not attempt to treat symptoms or cure an illness; rather it is a system designed to precipitate change by bringing awareness to the internal organs of the body, thus inducing the body to heal. In that way, Chi Nei Tsang addresses every condition of a person, whether manifested physically, emotionally or spiritually.
- Improve elimination and stimulate the lymphatic and circulatory systems. CNT is also said to strengthen the immune system. The CNT Institute claims that clients using CNT before and after surgery recover better and faster, but an online search of medical literature yielded no studies on the issue.
- Facilitate the “unfolding of emotions and the clarification of our emotional life.” The CNT Institute website states that this modality has been successfully used in combination with psychotherapy, but no studies documenting this claim turned up in a medical literature search.
- Teach techniques to improve breathing and provide personalized nutritional guidance as well as instruction in visualization and meditation that clients can do at home to enhance the effects of treatment.
A contraindication is a situation when the treatment should not be performed. Continuing with treatment may be more detrimental than beneficial and in some cases may cause serious medical problems.
- Infectious diseases
- Acute inflammations
- Skin infections,
- Women that are using IUD birth control devices
- People that have pacemakers
- Psoas muscles, on anyone that has an artificial hip or knee
- Pregnant women
If you have any doubts about your medical condition and contra-indications please check with your practitioner before making an appointment.
All solid foods and drinks with the exception of water should be avoided for 1-2 hours beforehand
Alcohol and recreational drugs for 24 hours before and afterward.