Chi Nei Tsang

“The work of thought is like drilling a well, water is cloudy first, then it clears up”.

Chinese proverb

Chi Nei Tsang is a Belly massage from old Taoist China.

Abdominal massage or Chi Nei Tsang ( 气 内 脏 qì nèizàng ) which translates to Chi = energy; Nei = internal; Tsang = Organs, and which literally means “working the energy of internal organs”.

The belly, organ of happiness

It is no longer a secret to anyone, the belly is an emotional center of great importance. The belly is designated in Chinese medicine as the second brain of our body.

No less than 100 million neurons are lodged in the belly. As much as our mental structure, if not more and in any case in intimate connection with it, our abdominal whole, in its rich complexity not yet fully explored by science, profoundly determines our emotional life, models and shapes our emotions, and in turn is affected by them; by its battery of neurotransmitters, chemical molecules that ensure the transmission of messages from one neuron to another, has the power to create wave-to-the soul or joy of living, disarray or pleasure, evil of living or fullness. Gifted with memory, he is, in addition, the archive of our emotional memories since our earliest childhood…

Recall that in traditional Chinese medicine the intestine is the organ responsible for sorting between the pure and the impure, between what must be stored and what can be rejected. Food, thoughts, emotions… everything goes through its filter. The emotional and the physical are totally linked, they are like communicating vessels, and the organs like emotional software.

 

ORIGIN OF CHI NEI TSANG

In China, the Chi Nei Tsang (or Qi Nei Tsang) appeared in the Taoist monasteries about 2500 years before JC. Chi Nei Tsang comes from the mountain temples of Taoist China. It was used by monks in monasteries to help them detoxify, fortify and refine their bodies, in order to maintain a high level of energy conducive to the highest levels of spiritual training.

The Ancients, Taoists and Indians (from India, America or elsewhere) knew this, for whom the belly was the “roots of life“, the seat of the soul, of our emotions and who compared the structure of the brain to that, in particular, from the small intestine, one like the other endowed with surprisingly similar circumvolutions.

 

DESCRIPTION OF CHI NEI TSANG

We have in our belly, if we let it work well, all the biochemical pharmacopoeia necessary for our relaxation, our joy of living and our fulfillment…

Chi Nei Tsang is a series of light or deep movements in the abdominal region that soften residual tension and release physical and emotional blockages. It is a Chinese massage technique that aims nothing less, than to restore well-being and joie de vivre, relaxing our belly and relying on the five major systems of the body: vascular, lymphatic, nervous, muscular and energetic.

 

CONTRAINDICATIONS

In case of pregnancy, fever, phlebitis, heart problems, untreated hypertension, inflammatory states.

 

THE BENEFITS OF CHI NEI TSANG

    • Detoxifies and strengthens the body, helping to eliminate toxins by stimulating the lymphatic system and circulatory systems.
    • Acts on the respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrine, urinary and reproductive spheres.
    • Strengthens the immune system.
    • Restructures, Stimulates internal organs for better functioning. This work on visceral structures is of great relief for all chronic pain and especially those of the back.
    • Soothes the mind and reduces fatigue.
    • Relieves digestive problems: constipation, diarrhea, abdominal cramps and sore points on all the plexus of the anterior face.
    • Helps the person become more aware of the emotional quality of life: Any emotion not untreated is stored in our digestive system and waiting to be addressed. Chi Nei
    • Tsang facilitates emotional ‘digestion’.
    • Brings a better understanding of oneself.

The average length of a session is 1h15. The best results are usually achieved with 3 or 4 sessions depending on each person.

 

WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS?

No side effects or contraindications. After a session, you feel relaxed, calm and rebalanced but each person will react in their own way.
The benefits of the Chi Nei Tsang massage do not provide follow-up to traditional medicine, nor does it replace a medical diagnosis or treatment. It is a valuable ally of traditional medicine.