Stimulate Self-Healing with Chi Nei Tsang "Internal Organ Massage"
by Karen Pearle
How often do we look to our bellies unless we're bowing our heads in shame
after downing that second scoop of ice cream?
You might be surprised to know that the shape of your navel can provide deep
insight into your physical, mental and emotional health. That's right: your belly button is like a detailed record of your internal state. And with the help of a practitioner skilled in
Chi Nei Tsang – "internal organ massage" – your navel can be a key to help
diminish abdominal pain and discomforts brought on by stress and poor eating
habits that permeate our modern lives.
The holistic Chi Nei Tsang process originated nearly 3,000 years ago when
frustrated Chinese monks found that digestive discomfort interfered with their
ability to achieve higher states of consciousness.
Though Chi Nei Tsang was originally developed to enhance meditative ability, when it was brought to the West practitioners adopted and altered the practice to include current
knowledge combined with the use of meditation techniques to help people reduce
mental or emotional anxiety and to heal many disorders of the body.
Modern-day Chi Nei Tsang involves a gentle and precise abdominal massage that
helps rid the body of waste, blockage and toxins. The practice not only
strengthens the body's organs, but also stimulates nervous, lymphatic,
digestive and cardiovascular systems (among others) to manipulate energy,
otherwise known as "Chi."
Chi Nei Tsang sessions begin with a careful reading of the navel. The client
will typically lie on a massage table fully clothed with only the abdomen
exposed, while a trained Chi Nei Tsang practitioner first analyzes the shape or
"pull" of the client's navel to locate the origin of abdominal distress.
The practitioner – who is sometimes referred to as a "healer" – will work outward
from the body's navel using a special massage that involves gently kneading,
rocking or pumping the abdomen. All the while the practitioner encourages the
client to employ gentle deep breathing.
This creates a comfortable, relaxing environment conducive to energy circulation. Ultimately, the process works by bringing more energy ("Chi") to the large intestine and other sluggish organs that prevent the organs from functioning properly, resulting in waste build-up or other abdominal problems.
To understand the thought process behind Chi Nei Tsang's extraordinary
healing powers we must first imagine a womb. In utero, a fetus receives
nutrients from its mother through the umbilical cord that is connected to the
unborn child's navel. After birth the cell imprints which once directed the
fetus's body to collect nutrients through the navel continue to attract
congested energy to the body's core. (This may explain why we often look to our
bellies when we bloat or become constipated.)
Surrounding the navel are layers of smooth connective tissue called "fascia" that wrap around our abdominal organs and muscles, holding everything in place. It is this connective tissue that Chi Nei Tsang aims to physically manipulate while simultaneously improving
the client's energy flow. The practice also serves as a complement to other healing modalities, such as psychotherapy.
From constipation and menstrual pains to cancer, heart or reproductive
problems Chi Nei Tsang is used to help heal a multitude of issues that most
often originate in the abdomen, our physical and emotional core. It is also
important to note that many people turn to Chi Nei Tsang for inner-exploration.
The practice benefits even those who do not have a specific abdominal, mental
or emotional pain in mind.
In our busy modern lives we often turn to prescription pills to temporarily
reduce physical or emotional pain. Chi Nei Tsang aims to bring awareness and
healing to such pain while recognizing that our physical, emotional and mental
processes are entirely intertwined with each other and our abdominal core.
The truth is our bodies have a natural propensity to heal, but just as our
bowels can become blocked with waste, our stress-ridden minds can also prevent
organs from working properly.
For nearly 2 decades I have had the privilege of working closely with a number of clients enduring a wide range of abdominal, mental and emotional issues. As a practitioner I am commited to help them mobilize and support their natural healing capacity. Unlike a pill, Chi Nei Tsang spurs an innate self-healing process that will develop and deepen over
Along with deepening self-awareness comes increased mental clarity, a
sense of ease, and relief from anxiety that will ultimately allow Chi Nei Tsang
clients to live more comfortable, fulfilling lives.
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