Chi Nei Tsang: A Detoxifying Massage for Emotional Release Gaia Staff June 18, 6 min read We all feel great after having a massage, especially those of us who are tending to the mind-body connection through doing a regular yoga practice. Some people report feelings of bliss after a massage, but is this type of healing or therapy really sustainable? Can it actually make a lasting impact and truly heal the body? Can yoga truly heal the body, or do we need to go a bit deeper and look at the core issues which cause us to experience pain in the first place? Many people who are beginning their yoga or meditation journeys, may start out wanting to do yoga for flexibility or for overall health reasons.
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It has long been a tenet of natural health practitioners that good health depends on a correctly functioning digestive system. Research also tells us good digestion has an emotional component and that many disorders of the internal organs are exacerbated by stress.
Why is it, then, that we pay more attention to massaging the back, neck and limbs than we do to the very core of where our emotions are processed — the belly? A charge is internal pressure that can manifest in many ways — pain, nervous tension or even high blood pressure. Some charges, Marin says, never really get digested, because they are too shocking and the body wants to protect you from feeling them.
Consequently, the body finds places to hide the charge, which results in ill health. It is the enteric nervous system of the digestive tract that is most often affected when emotions are not processed.
Marin believes we process emotions the same way we process food and that poor emotional digestion leads to ill health. By exploring the abdomen, a person allows herself to connect with whatever emotions are present there.
And since the emotional body, Marin asserts, has no time or space, emotional charges of the past are still just as present in our bodies as they were when the trigger occurred.
We can only process what we allow ourselves to feel. In order to find a conduit to those emotions buried in our core, presence of mind on both the part of the client and the practitioner is required. This is no lay-back-and-enjoy-it, feel-good session. A great deal of attention is also paid to the energy needed by therapists to help the client feel safe with such intimate, visceral contact, and to allow them the time and space to work through these emotional issues at their own pace.
Chi Kung and the five-element theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine are also at its roots. Master Chia fused many aspects of all these practices to create what he termed the Healing Tao system, of which Chi Nei Tsang is one element, the one that encompasses massage. He began teaching this work in The navel may pull toward the liver, or downward to the right toward the cecum. The five-element Shen cycle is superimposed as a circle around the navel to give added insight.
Moving the skin around the umbilicus with flat hands until the belly button is centered and rounded gives a clue as to how to unwind these patterns of tension and allow the person to come into balance. Rest your thumbs and forefingers of both hands in a circle just outside the navel and lightly turn the skin clockwise and counterclockwise so as to see which direction makes the navel more round and better centered, and thus how the navel will change as recipients move toward greater health.
Eventually, the therapist will follow the intestines — up from the inside of the right hip to the hepatic flexure, across the bottom of the ribcage and moving in line with the spleenic flexure down the left. The depth of the treatment depends entirely upon the recipient.
It is, instead, a vehicle to allow healing to happen, to allow people to connect with the core of their emotional selves. She spends about a half hour every morning working on her own belly, and the better part of an hour doing Chi Kung.
The Six Conditions for Healing Healing happens, according to Marin, when the body is given permission to transform the stifled energy which it has been using to protect a person from feeling into a surge of energy that heals them. Clients feel safe physically, mentally and emotionally, and are properly supported, validated and respected for their feelings.
Clients relax deeply, feel nurtured and remain present where the healing is happening, no matter how uncomfortable they feel. In other words, they stop thinking, as thinking takes people out of the present, and the present is where healing happens. Clients get permission to recognize and validate their feelings. Increased awareness can be scary and sometimes very painful. They must know someone understands so they are able to stay with the process.
Clients feel the importance and sacredness of the moment; that everything they feel is important. This is where the energy that has been used to hold the charge gets freed and turned into healing energy. Clients are open to the surge of increased chi and surrender to the power within. The page has been turned. This is the place of acceptance where healing has occurred. Detoxing and the Growing Edge While conscious breathing and connecting with the emotions that churn in the belly are the main keys to healing with Chi Nei Tsang, detoxing and lymph stimulation are also important parts of the work.
She is clothed, with only the area between the ribs and lower abdomen exposed. It forced me to really feel and connect with a deeper level of my being. I could feel releases, and when I got up from the table, my back felt free and loose. Something must change. Blood and lymph circulation improves and so does digestion. Nutrients that are stored in the skin are more efficiently utilized, as well.
He adds that Chi Nei Tsang often alleviates back pain, commonly the result of accumulated abdominal pressure on the nerves coming out of the spine, since the massage relieves abdominal pressure.
These benefits have made this Taoist form of bodywork the most requested kind at Miraval, a leading health resort in Tucson, Ariz. Many massage therapists are taking courses offered by the Chi Nei Tsang Institute in Berkeley and other areas of the country. Some people learn Chi Nei Tsang simply to use the breathing techniques and meditation for their own well-being.
Could Chi Nei Tsang someday be recommended as standard treatment for chronic digestive complaints such as irritable bowel syndrome? Steve Goldschmid, M.
I think people with this disorder would respond very well to a therapy which involves intimate touch. To reach the Chi Nei Tsang Institute, visit www. Jill Ruttenberg is a writer, herbalist, massage therapist and yoga instructor who lives in Tucson, Ariz.
Chi Nei Tsang: A Detoxifying Massage for Emotional Release
We are very pleased to offer you the original teachings of Taoist Master, Mantak Chia as presented to some of the most famous Chi Nei Tsang practitioners and instructors around the world. What is CNT? It blends Chinese and Thai massage and meditation techniques, making it truly different from any other healing modality. How does it work? 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 and are seldom dispersed. The result is the gradual obstruction of energy circulation, which may lead to any number of maladies including, but not limited to, indigestion, constipation, bloating, insomnia, whole body toxicity, poor skin quality, and an inability to lose weight.
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It has long been a tenet of natural health practitioners that good health depends on a correctly functioning digestive system. Research also tells us good digestion has an emotional component and that many disorders of the internal organs are exacerbated by stress. Why is it, then, that we pay more attention to massaging the back, neck and limbs than we do to the very core of where our emotions are processed — the belly? A charge is internal pressure that can manifest in many ways — pain, nervous tension or even high blood pressure. Some charges, Marin says, never really get digested, because they are too shocking and the body wants to protect you from feeling them. Consequently, the body finds places to hide the charge, which results in ill health.