Chi Nei Tsang (Abdominal Massage)
What is Chi Nei Tsang?
Chi Nei Tsang is a non-invasive method of abdominal massage. It makes use of the energy flow of all major systems in the body: digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, integumentary, lymphatic, nervous, fasciae tendon-muscle, acupuncture meridian, etc. Chi Nei Tsang can help increase the energy flow into the internal organs by specific manipulations and through massaging a series of points in the navel area. CNT frees the blockages in the abdomen and guides the healing energy through the entire body.
Benefits of Chi Nei Tsang
- Relief from tension and pain
- Reduces abdominal pains
- Helps aid in digestion and assimilation
- Improves elimination
- Breathe more fully and effortlessly
- Releases physiological and emotional blocks
- Detoxify and strengthen weak or damaged organs
- PMS, cysts, and other female orders
- Correct old chronic structural problems
- Extend your life by rejuvenating and balancing your organs and glands
What is the Causes of Sickness, internal Pain, Organ Problems and Congestion in the Abdomen?
The Taoist sages of ancient China observed that humans often develop energy blockages in their internal organs that result in knots and tangles in their abdomens. These obstructions occur at the center of the body’s vital functions and constrict the flow of Chi (energy), our life-force. The negative emotions of fear, anger, anxiety, depression, and worry cause the most damage. Problems can also be caused by overwork, stress, accidents, surgery, drugs, toxins, poor food, and bad posture.
Through meditative practices the sages learned to look within themselves. They discovered the internal organs connect with the Five Forces of the Universe and provide a link between the human microcosm and the universal macrocosm. The organs contain the essences of the spiritual force of a human being. They also provide the physical lines of force that hold the body together and give it structure.
When obstructed the internal organs store unhealthy energies that can overflow into other bodily systems and surface as negative emotions and sickness. Always in search of an outlet, these negative emotions and toxic energies create a perpetual cycle of negativity and stress. (Fig. 1) If the negative emotions can’t find an outlet, they fester in the organs or move into the abdomen, the body’s “garbage dump.” The abdomen can process some emotional garbage, but more often it can’t keep up with the flow. The energetic center of the body located at the navel becomes congested and cut off from the rest of the body.
Fig. 1 Negative energy cycle leads to knots and tangles in the abdomen.
B. Chi Nei Tsang: A Method to Clear Blocked Energy
Chi, the life-force energy, moves through the body’s internal channels, nervous system, blood vessels, and lymph glands. 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 there and are seldom dispersed. ‘These disturbances can cause physical tangling and knotting of the nerves, blood vessels, and lymph nodes. The result is the gradual obstruction of energy circulation.
The ancient Taoists realized that negative emotions cause serious damage to one’s health, impairing both physical and spiritual functions. They understood that each human emotion is an expression of energy and that certain emotions could indicate the negative energy behind many physical ailments. They also identified a specific cycle of relationships between the emotions and the organs. For example, the experience of a “knot” in one’s stomach indicated the presence of worry, the negative emotion that accumulates in the stomach and spleen.
The Taoists discovered that most maladies could be healed once the underlying toxins and negative forces were released from the body. They developed the art of Chi Nei Tsang to recycle and transform negative energies that obstruct the internal organs and cause knots in the abdomen. Chi Nei Tsang clears out the toxins, bad emotions, and excessive heat or heat deficiencies-that cause the organs to dysfunction. (Fig. 2)
Fig. 2 Ancient Taoists massaged their abdomens and organs to stay healthy.
C. Chi Nei Tsang: A Complement to other Disciplines
As an art and science, Chi Nei Tsang complements Reflexology, Psychology, Reiki, Shiatsu, Swedish Massage, and similar therapies. (Fig. 3) However, unlike most practices which use indirect methods to contact the internal organs, Chi Nei Tsang directly massages the internal organs. Chi Nei Tsang is also the most comprehensive approach to energizing, strengthening, and detoxifying the internal system. It clears out negative influences and is particularly useful in relieving intestinal blockages, cramps, knots, lumps, scar tissue, headaches, menstrual cramps, poor blood circulation, back pain, infertility, impotence, and many other problems. Along with other disciplines, Chi Nei Tsang may help to eliminate the need for surgery.
D. Universal Tao and Chi Nei Tsang
Other Universal Tao practices are useful for maintaining personal energy. Meditations such as the Inner Smile, the Microcosmic Orbit, and the Fusion of the Five Elements open channels and enable the flow of Chi to energize and cleanse the organs. Exercises such as the Six Healing Sounds prevent overheating and help to balance the internal system. (For a review of these meditations, refer to the Universal Tao books, Awaken the Healing Light, Taoist Ways to Transform Stress into Vitality, and Fusion of the Five Elements.)
In fact, the most outstanding difference between a Chi Nei Tsang practitioner and those of other healing arts is the daily practice of the Universal Tao meditations. The meditations offer maximum physical and spiritual protection for instructors and their students.
E. What Every Chi Nei Tsang Practitioner Should Know
Society and religions throughout history have programmed people to give rather than to receive. Common sense is therefore ignored, and egos are gratified through self-denial beyond reasonable limits.
Since the first concern of the practitioner must always be his or her own health, a few guidelines are offered.
Fig. 3 Tree of Therapies
1. Knowledge of the Human Body: Organs, Systems, and Tissues
It is necessary to have a working knowledge of the internal organs and their functions: the lymphatic, circulatory, and nervous systems, the energy channels, the muscles and fasciae (connective tissues), and the interrelationships among all of these facets of the body.
2. Understanding Chi
Understanding vital Chi and being able to distinguish the positive and negative qualities of it as a life-force are of the utmost importance. Without a clear working knowledge of Chi, the practitioners of healing arts have no means of protecting their own bodies and energies from the negative influences of others. They also may find themselves giving away more energy than they can spare. In time, Chi Nei Tsang practitioners may find themselves suffering from professional “burnout” because their own energies have been depleted. Once this happens they may not be able to continue to provide relief for others.
3. Developing the Proper Attitude
The most important requirement of Chi Nei Tsang is a proper attitude about yourself and others. This means that the practitioner needs to realize a few important facts. A practitioner should be aware that in seeking relief, people go to a healer fully loaded with sick energy and sick emotions. They expect to be able to unload all of their sicknesses onto the healer, thereby negating their responsibilities for their own healing. Initially, your ability to help people will gain their trust, but it is important never to allow them to become dependent on you. Learn to give them your attention, love, and care as you teach them how to get back on their feet through their own efforts. This means that you must teach them about their bodies and energetic systems. Explain their responsibilities so that you won’t lose or pollute your own life-force.
F. Chi Nei Tsang Practitioners Educate Others to Heal Themselves
Chi Nei Tsang practitioners do not simply apply techniques, but are capable of generating and directing vital life-force through and around others. The main role of the Chi Nei Tsang practitioner, however, is educator not healer. The main philosophy and purpose of Chi Nei Tsang is to teach people how to heal themselves by providing insights into their own immense, internal healing powers. Chi Nei Tsang practitioners, therefore, never refer to their students as “patients” or “clients”. A student who has awakened his or her own healing energy can continue the process by practicing at home and teaching family and friends. One must always remember that the most important healing energy comes from within oneself.
G. Secret Technique of Chi Nei Tsang: Healing from the Heart
This book is full of brilliant and wonderful techniques that have the potential to significantly alter the basic way we care for ourselves and for each other. While the techniques are forceful and can relieve both chronic and acute illnesses, they will not work effectively unless they are activated and animated by a love and compassion that is given sincerely and abundantly from your heart. (Fig. 4). Your fingers and hands can become healing hands only when you are full of good intentions.
When you touch others, touch them with all the love, care, and compassion that you can find within yourself. Connect yourself with the forces of the Universe, the Cosmic Particle or Human Plane, and the Earth and become a physical channel for these forces. Apply your hands with the tenderness of a mother touching her child. If your touch is from your center to theirs, they will open like the petals of a flower in the morning sun. Every life and body has a self-healing mechanism that you can help to awaken. Once the center at the navel is activated and freed and the organs are detoxified, the process of healing can be completed by your students through their own discipline.
Fig. 4 Healing with Love from the Heart.
Eventually you will learn to feel and “see” inside another. Those who come to you will do so because they are uncomfortable with their spirits and bodies. Your intention should be to help them become serene and peaceful within themselves. On the following pages you will be introduced to many ancient healing gifts from the Orient, born from the wisdom of the Taoists and perfected over many centuries. In time you can become a great healer and teacher. People will seek your guidance. Always remember the source of your real power. The secret touch has warmed bodies, spirits, and homes in every land throughout time. It is a touch of the heart when you freely give of yourself to another. You will find that the loving touch has enormous power to heal and renew the body, mind and spirit.