Chi Nei Tsang (CNT)
Taoist Abdominal Massage
Chi Nei Tsang is an Ancient Taoist and Thai form of Abdominal Massage, that has been used as a healing practice to improve physical emotional and spiritual health and overall wellbeing for over two thousand years!
Chi Nei Tsang is thought to be the origins of the framework of Traditional Chinese Medicine as its foundations include elemental, emotional, environmental and natural cycles.
The practice was initially thought to be developed by the Taoist Sages / Monks in China. Chi Nei Tsang also has origins traced to traditional Thai Massage.
How will Chi Nei Tsang Help?
Tense muscles, Tension and stress, emotional imbalances, low energy levels, sleep disturbances, and much more is often a result of internal emotional conflict, stagnation of chi or built-up emotions in the organs and surrounding tissues!
Additionally, Chi Nei Tsang can help to speed healing and reduce scar tissue from injury or trauma, or surgical intervention after the acute healing phase has passed.
Chi Nei Tsang ultimately gives your body and organs a helping hand and energetic boost, so it can get to work on regenerating!
A session of Chi Nei Tsang improves abdominal circulation and energy flow! This can greatly improve and assist with
Digestive disorders such as constipation, IBD, CHRONS, Nutritional mal-absorption, insulin regulation, GERD/GORD, Gallstone prevention
Nervous disorders such as anxiety and depression
Auto-immune disorders such as Lupus and chronic fatigue.
What to Expect during the Treatment?
Chi Nei Tsang duration 1hr -1hr & 20mins
Chi Nei-Tsang combines energy healing (Chi-Kung, Cosmic healing,) alongside various massage techniques. which involve light Effleurage (Stroking), Petrissage (Kneading), Percussion/Tapotement and compression, visceral Release, and trigger-point therapy.
Sensations you may or may not feel during the treatment?
A deep feeling of being relaxed or content, warm flushes in your abdomen, You may feel uncomfortable at times and have random waves of emotions or thoughts or light uncomfortable pain. This usually happens when releasing negative tensions and resolves when the area is cleared.
Including in the treatment is education on different methods of looking after yourself and different meditation techniques to help recycle negative emotions! so you can help yourself in the long run!
In time, after a few treatments, my intention is for you to be able to effectively manage your own well-being. (Number of treatments varies from person to person, depending on if you do the self work or not)
How to Prepare for the Treatment?
The Day before your CNT treatment eat light, healthy meals, and regular water intake to maintain hydration.
Try not to eat 2hrs before the CNT Session and try to avoid stimulants such as caffeine, guarana, energy drinks, and nicotine.
Have at least 2 glasses of water at room temperature following your CNT session.
How will I feel after the Chi Nei Tsang Treatment?
Most people feel a deep feeling of relaxation and contentment.
I have had feedback such as sleep patterns have improved, symptoms of chronic health conditions have improved, feeling more centred and in control, bowel health and habits have improved and a better overall well-being!
muscle soreness, vivid dreams is quite common in the first initial treatments.
Ever had a gut Feeling about something?
This may because there are an estimated 200-600 million neurons, including 20 different types of neurons in the abdomen! The enteric nervous system is a large and complex part of the peripheral nervous system that is still being understood.
It is known, that it regulates many of the body's functions such as digestion, immune system, hormonal regulation, and metabolic functions. New evidence is emerging that there is a large communication system connected to the brain by the vagus nerve.
According to Mantak Chia, this information has been known to Taoist Monks for millennia. Taoists believe we have 3 main centres from where we function. The Brain, The Heart, and the dan-tien or abdomen! coincidence or not, these are the first 3 organs to develop when we are a fetus!
As we experience the ups and downs in life it is thought that each emotion is linked to different organs to be processed. There are many different sayings in our common language that have been used in our language to correspond to this eg: A broken heart, follow your heart, butterflies in your stomach, Sick to my stomach, chopped liver, kidney buster, to the bone the list goes on...
The Taoist teachings explain that when emotions are unprocessed, dwelled on or not recycled into positive emotions, it causes a co dependency of that emotional pattern through the hormone regulation system leading to stagnation of chi or increased stress to the organs. These imbalances can often follow-on with adverse health problems or disease, through the processes of inflammation and stress.
There is ongoing research in western science on how stress and inflammation is directly linked to disease or illness. Even from my own observations from working as a nurse for over 7 years. I have noticed certain negative emotional traits directly linked to specific organs and tissues of the human body!
SoulFlow CNT does not attempt to treat symptoms or cure an illness, However Chi Nei Tsang and the Taoist practices including Energy Healing and Meditations is a system designed to help you change by bringing more awareness to the human body as a whole (mental, emotional, physical, spiritual). In that way, the modalities used, addresses every condition of a person, whether manifested physically, emotionally, or spiritually.
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