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Chi Nei Tsang – Helping You to Enjoy Life!

By Kim Knight for Healthy Options Magazine July 2007
www.chineitsang.co.nz  09 833 6553 / 021 410 633

How long has it been since you experienced deep feelings of joy and inner peace? Perhaps too long? The truth is, we are designed to enjoy life. However, in our modern, fast-paced existence, it’s easy to forget that we are actually meant to feel good. Literally translated as Chi (energy / information) Nei Tsang (internal organs / guts), Chi Nei Tsang means ‘Inner Organs Chi Transformation’ or ‘Internal Organs Chi Massage’. It uses massage, breathwork and applied chi kung (energy management) to clear the body of physical toxins and emotional charges, thereby upgrading the quality of chi and training our inner organs to work more effectively. For centuries the secret practice of monks in ancient China, Chi Nei Tsang (CNT) is now making a comeback.

Our Internal Organs – the source of life and death

Perhaps the ancient Egyptian ritual of preserving the inner organs was no random act. Says Gilles Marin, Director of the Chi Nei Tsang Institute: “people train to move better by doing all kinds of exercises; people educate themselves to perform better in society and in the workplace. Why not train our internal organs? Our internal organs hold our deepest secrets and are the source of life and death”. 
Most people are aware on some level that their abdomens are a sensitive place, and many cannot even bear the thought of being touched there. Have you ever wondered why? It’s simple: our organs store all our emotions, good and bad. People do not like to be touched there because they are (unconsciously) afraid to get ‘in touch’ with the unprocessed and hidden emotional charges lying dormant in their bodies. 

So, whilst a happy heart may be holding the virtues of joy, happiness, tolerance and compassion, a heart storing unresolved hurt and pain will manifest the feelings of dispiritedness, cruelty, hatred and impatience. Each organ plays a special role in storing negative feelings as a protective mechanism: and with an array of organs inside us including the spleen, stomach, liver, gallbladder, lungs, large intestine, kidneys, reproductive organs…you can imagine what a variety of emotions we are hiding inside – without even realizing it.

The power of being In Touch

So Chi Nei Tsang brings us back in touch with ourselves. And for good reason. Unresolved negative emotions may well eventually manifest themselves in a physical illness in order to get our attention – ie, as a physical condition we term a dis-ease. Whether you know it or not, YOU are everywhere in your body. It is not your ‘colon’ that is hurting – it is YOU in your colon that is hurting! So CNT works by connecting you via the breath and touch with you, as you manifest such symptoms as irritable bowel and constipation [signs of unprocessed emotional charges], cysts and fibroids [very often blocked creative energy] etc or by working preventatively to keep you in touch with yourself to the extent that your body does not even need to get to the point of developing an illness..

The wonderful thing about CNT is that as soon as the body (or rather, YOU in your abdomen) is touched, you can feel a sigh of relief and gratitude from within. We want to be connected with, we want to be heard, and our undigested feelings really do want to be noticed. Which brings us to a very important point: Chi Nei Tsang is not about fixing or fighting dis-ease – it’s about validating how we feel and who we are, because emotions are irrational and cannot be thought away.

Fight Flight or Relaxation – where are you most of the time?

Many people are not aware that their body’s nervous system can either be in fight/flight or relaxation mode. Our bodies are designed to be relaxed, only going into ‘fight-flight’ (stress) response for emergencies, such as avoiding an oncoming bus. The problem is, in our fast-paced and pressured lifestyle, many (most) people are constantly living in stress response without actually realizing it.

This puts a huge strain our bodies, as it constantly pumps out stress hormones, putting all our body systems into a state of overdrive. Our bodies are unable go into a healing mode while we are in this stress response – so it’s a catch 22 as far as healing is concerned. The simple truth is, if we want to heal, we have to relax. And this is where CNT comes in. By breathing fully and shifting our attention from the head to the body during a treatment, we will automatically come to a place of very deep peace and relaxation. The body can then use its innate intelligence to send healing Chi where it is needed without any input from the intellect. And then there’s one more key ingredient that makes a Chi Nei Tsang treatment unique from your average massage…

Chi – the secret ingredient

The three approaches possible to treat any illness are metabolic (in case of internal problems), structural (in case of pain resulting from external or internal misalignment) and emotional (for mental symptoms and psychosomatic responses). Marin, in his latest book “Five Elements Six Conditions” calls these the “Three Musketeers”, with the fourth character, Dartagnan, who is in fact the hero and without whom there is no story possible. Dartagnan is “Chi, the power of life, the energy that uplifts the spirit”. Chi Nei Tsang actively and simultaneously uses the three different approaches with the addition of the cultivated ‘Chi’ of the practitioner. Simply put “No Chi – no Chi Nei Tsang”.

Awareness and Transformation

Do you know that you breathe according to how you feel, or more accurately, according to how you don’t want to feel? Most of us are not aware of our habits, tendencies, and more importantly the feelings that have created these habits and patterns of tension in our bodies, which then manifest themselves as dis-ease in an attempt by the body to get our attention.

CNT’s power lies in its ability to address the origin of health problems, including psychosomatic responses. It does this by working on the abdomen in a way that triggers internal adjustment through the client’s own insight. This insight is not necessarily mental and is not always conscious. It is a connection between workings in a person that weren’t previously communicating and that may have been in conflict. Such an approach brings about true healing rather than simply curing the symptoms and is a truly holistic approach.

True healing requires transformation and we are never the same again. And then we can start to enjoy life!


Kim Knight is a Universal Tao Instructor and Chi Nei Tsang practitioner. She has been studying the Universal Tao practices since 2000 and works from the Chi Nei Tsang Clinic in Auckland, New Zealand. 
For information on introductory talks, ongoing classes, workshops and 
private sessions see www.chineitsang.co.nz and www.healingfromwithin.co.nz or phone +64 21410633.

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