How abdominal massage will change your life and boost your vitality and health.
Is it presumptuous to think that most of us will agree with the idea that massages and bodywork make us feel good?
I suspect we all love a good back massage, a loosening of our neck and head, a foot massage.
But somehow we are either surprised or we cringe at the mere thought of a massage focused solely on… the abdomen?! This is an area many of us experience as private,vulnerable or perhaps “untouchable.”
Better yet, do we even believe that massaging, let alone manipulating, the abdomen exists as a discipline in and of itself?
Indeed, there is such therapy and it is called Chi NeiTzang (pronounced Chee Nay Zong.)
Chi NeiTzang (CNT) is the only bodywork that directly massages the internal organs. It incorporates meditation, visualization and natural diaphragmatic breathing,
An often-overlooked part of Taoist medicine, CNT has seen a rebirth of sorts since the nineties.
Akin to many of the Traditional Chinese Medicine modalities, the goal of CNT is to harmonize our internal organs, to allow the life-giving energy known as Chi to flow through them effortlessly.
The internal organs and glands perform extremely complicated biochemical and mechanical functions that are easily disturbed by stress. Psychological, physical and environmental stresses are armored into the organs, in the form of constriction and congestion. This will directly interfere with blood, nerve and energy supply to the organs and brain. Chi NeiTzang will bring about physical wellbeing by releasing the accumulation of stress and tension often held within the abdomen. Relieving these patterns of congestion can restore health and vitality.
From a Western perspective, the abdominal region is also the center of the connective tissue known as fascia, which extends throughout the body. Loosening fascia will boost circulation and promote musculoskeletal health.
But something else happens when you allow a long-neglected abdomen to be massaged. Surrendering to a personal vulnerability, giving access to what you fiercely protected, brings with it a relaxation of the deepest kind.
This is where the healing begins!
There are a number of different ways to approach a CNT session but it is always good idea to start with a thorough assessment and to ask questions:
Are there specific problems, physical or emotional the person is aware of? Is there a particular area of the body that feels constricted or is aching?
CNT is a complex art; the poster child for “practice makes perfect.”
With close to 13,000 documented treatments given since 1988, I remain fascinated with the process and the results people receive from consecutive CNT treatments.
I approach every person and every session attentively, listening carefully not only to what the client expresses verbally but what he or she tells me through their body language, posture and breathing patterns.
After interviewing the person, I will ask them to lay on their back, knees raised over a bolster and put my hands lightly near their navel, sides, and lower back, asking them to breathe into each spot.
Teaching people how to breathe is an integral part of a CNT session.
The accent is on diaphragmatic, full body breathing. It helps the client relax and become more receptive to the treatment.
The initial work begins at the surface, with a very light touch, known as skin detoxification. As we progress we are able to go deeper and deeper, gradually releasing old patterns or stubborn constrictions.
A number of sessions is always a good way to go, as positive effects will undeniably accumulate and become long-lasting.
As an interactive learning and healing process between patient and practitioner, student and teacher, CNT is non-invasive. Consecutive sessions allow for the patient to painlessly progress to ever deepening levels of healing.
This abdominal massage may well be the best addition to any detoxification program and will change your life for the better!