Chi Nei Tsang (pronounced chee nay zong) is an Oriental bodywork style that combines hands-on massage techniques with internal chi kung or meditation that is primarily focused on the internal organs. To influence the large intestine, acupuncture needles may be inserted on the hand, close to the thumb. Chi Nei Tsang uses touch to work directly on the large intestine. Both techniques can be useful, they just utilize different methods.
Chi Nei Tsang is the bodywork style taught by Mantak Chia as a part of his comprehensive Taoist chi kung and meditation system. Any of the internal meditation practices can be combined with physical massage techniques during a treatment. Often, a session will include learning some simple chi kung practices to maintain the energetic benefit between appointments
Many conditions may benefit from this unique abdominal approach including: digestive conditions, liver and gallbladder issues, menstrual difficulties, chronic muscle pain and tension in the lower back, neck, shoulders and pelvis.
This approach is particularly useful to explore the psoas muscle, which is deep in the abdomen next to the spine. The psoas muscle is a major internal aspect of structural alignment that may be difficult to recognize or access because of its deep location. Chi Nei Tsang is a wonderful way to contact the deep nature of the psoas.
My approach with Chi Nei Tsang is to listen to internal organs and structures by making gentle contact and follow whatever arises. Sometimes, this can be a physical or emotional release within an organ. Other times it may point to another part of the body that needs attention. These sessions tend to flow in unpredictable ways that somehow bring us to exactly what is needed, allowing a natural connection and balancing between the internal organs and other regions of the body.
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