By Sara, LMT
Licensed Massage Therapist at Peaceful Spirit Massage & Wellness Centers
As a massage therapist here at Peaceful Spirit, I have found that many of my clients have discomfort relating to abdominal tension. This led me to take a number of continuing education courses in Chi Nie Tsang (CNT). While experiencing Chi Nie Tsang as a student, I realized that a much greater number of people would likely benefit from this method of bodywork than I had at first imagined. After completing the first two levels of CNT, I began to use it with my clients. As my experience grows, I have begun seeking more advanced training and look forward to using my knowledge to help more clients achieve long lasting benefit. I would like to share with you some excerpts from an article that I found particularly clear in its description and explanation of CNT.
Description of Chi Nei Tsang:
“CNT practitioners assist those they work with in maintaining their health through tissue and organ massage and wind release techniques. It is essentially a facilitated form of self-care since the highest form of its practice is teaching people to maintain their health and optimize their energy.”
Benefits of Chi Nei Tsang:
Detoxification: “CNT manipulations help relieve the body of excess stagnation, improving elimination and stimulating the lymphatic and the circulatory systems.”
Restructuring and Strengthening the Body: “it addresses the visceral structures and positioning of internal organs, stimulating them to work better and also helps correct the postural problems resulting from visceral imbalances.”
Helps relieve Chronic Pain and deep seated tension: “has been helpful with chronic pains such as back, neck and shoulder pains and problems related to misalignment of the feet, legs and pelvis.”
Aids in Digestion, physically and emotionally: “Rather than working on the muscular or skeletal structures, it (CNT) focuses on the vital organs and fascia, helping to unwind tension from the navel outwards and purify the cells of physical and emotional toxins."
How Chi Nei Tsang is Different than Massage:
“Firstly, CNT cannot be applied with any muscular force. Because we are working on the abdomen, which is a highly sensitive area, any sense of force felt by the client will result in their body psychologically shutting off with muscular tension. On a psychological level, muscles play a protective role in the body.” So, in order to make a connection, on both a physical and emotional level, the practitioner needs to use a Chi, instead of muscle, and this takes training.”
“Unlike some massage which uses indirect methods to contact the internal organs, CNT massages the vital organs directly.”