What’s Chi Nei Tsang ?
Developed by the White Cloud Taoist Monks in Ancient China, Chi Nei Tsang literally means “working the energy of the internal organs”. It is a unique form of bodywork; a blend of Thai and Chinese massage and meditation techniques, working directly on the abdomen, the organs, and their associated emotions.
A fundamental idea in Chinese medicine is every organ being connected to the energy of a specific emotion. Experiencing a range of emotions, good and bad, is inevitable and won’t cause disease even if it occurs on a daily basis. However, when these emotions are often repressed or expressed intensely and without control, both our body and mind are affected. Negative emotions like fear, anger, and worry cause the most damage. Problems can also be caused by overwork, stress, toxins, poor food, and bad posture. A physical illness can then be the result of an emotional imbalance; conversely, a physical imbalance can heighten the feeling of a specific emotion, possibly creating a vicious cycle.
This idea of an existent interdependency between mind and body is also present in several other Eastern ancient traditions, such as Greek philosophy and Indian Ayurveda. In recent years, Western science has also begun to understand and recognise this body-mind relationship. Growing areas of research include the impact that stress and depression have on cancer (Segerstrom & Miller, 2004), and cardiovascular, autoimmune and inflammatory diseases (Glaser & Kiecolt-Glaser, 2005).
These and other findings have prompted research into body-mind based interventions. We now know that, amongst other treatments, meditation, art therapy, Tai Chi, mindfulness, acupuncture, and massage therapy can greatly contribute to the treatment of different conditions; ameliorating disease, and increasing the perceived capacity to cope and the reported overall quality of life.
What are the benefits of Chi Nei Tsang ?
First used by Taoist sages in the monasteries to maintain a detoxified body required for the highest spiritual practices, today Chi Nei Tsang is particularly useful for relieving the accumulation of toxins and emotions produced by modern lifestyles. Its many benefits and peculiarities can be summarised into four main points:
– It detoxifies the body; improving the elimination of toxins and stimulating the lymphatic and circulatory systems, as well as the immune system. Strengthening these systems results in a greater resistance to illness and our capacity to heal.
– Working directly on the internal organs, CNT repositions the organs and stimulates them to work better. In addition it releases tensions, aids correct postural problems caused by visceral imbalances, and is helpful relieving chronic pain such as back, neck, and shoulder pain.
– All our unprocessed emotions are stored in our body. Through touch and physical manipulations, CNT facilitates the unfolding of emotions, helping practitioners and clients develop a close relationship with their emotional life.
– Lastly, a CNT practitioner is not a healer but an educator. Based on the belief that we are all responsible for our own health and that healing comes from within, CNT teaches clients to know themselves better. The practitioner will teach breathing, meditation and self-massage techniques, as well as providing lifestyle guidance to the client/student.
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