I've decided to add a new form of bodywork to my toolbox. This month, I started training in Chi Nei Tsang a form of abdominal massage rooted in Taoism. Let me tell you, my first lesson was AWESOME! It included abdominal breathing, a heart clearing mediation, exercises to keep the spine moving smoothly, and general ways to assess and address tension in the abdomen. Pretty cool, huh!?
So, what is Chi Nei Tsang?
Chi Nei Tsang is a form of bodywork focused on breaking up stagnation (tension and stuckness) in the abdomen. Stagnation can be caused by many things such as digestive issues, energetic blockages or emotional trauma. It can also be caused by everyday stress and tension built up over time. Now, who doesn't have that?? According to Mantak Chia, whose lineage I will be learning under: "The Taoists discovered that most maladies could be healed once 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." (Chia, 2007)
Sessions include manual manipulation of the organs, muscles and fascia in the abdomen as well as breathwork and meditation. There is a strong component of teaching client's techniques to continue the healing at home. So far, I'm having fun exploring other's bellies as well as my own.
Are you interested in learning more?
Become a practice client! If you are an existing client, I would be happy to add a couple extra minutes to your session so that we can include some Chi Nei Tsang technique to your treatment. I am also looking for practice clients for longer sessions. If you are interested in setting up a practice session please email me firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chia, M. (2007). Chi Nei Tsang: Chi Massage for the Vital Organs. Vermont: Rochester: Destiny Books.
Amy Daws is a trained Therapeutic Massage, Shiatsu, and Chi Nei Tsang therapist. She is interested in the way that these modalities can bring healing and joy to people's lives.