Chi Nei Tsang (Taoist Abdominal Massage)
Chi Nei Tsang is an ancient Chinese abdominal massage. The words Chi Nei Tsang literally translate to “working the energy of the internal organs” or “internal organs chi transformation.” Chi Nei Tsang (CNT) is based on the belief that unresolved emotional issues are stored in the digestive system and that poor “emotional digestion” is one of the main reasons for ill health. The ancient Taoists understood that negative emotions impact one’s health, impairing both physical and spiritual functions. They also identified a specific cycle of relationships between the emotions and the organs. For example, the experience of a “knot” in one’s stomach indicated the presence of worry, the negative emotion that accumulates in the stomach and spleen. There are numerous applications for CNT including emotional balancing, the lessening of pain, healing from surgery, and the encouragement of detoxification. Because it addresses the visceral structures and positioning of internal organs, CNT also addresses postural problems, such as low back pain that results from core structure imbalances. Working gently on the belly, Chi Nei Tsang treatments last for approximately 60 minutes and are received while lying fully clothed on the heated treatment table.