Chi Nei Tsang : Chinese abdominal (emotional) massage

What is Chi Nei Tsang?

Chi Nei Tsang, or CNT, is an ancient form of detoxifying, energizing, abdominal massage.

The Taoist sages of ancient China observed that humans often develop energy blockages in their internal organs that result in knots and tangles in their abdomens. These obstructions occur at the center of the body’s vital functions and constrict the flow of Chi (energy), our life-force. The negative emotions of fear, anger, anxiety, depression, and worry cause the most damage. Problems can also be caused by overwork, stress, accidents, surgery, drugs, toxins, poor food, and bad posture.

Through meditative practices the sages learned to look within themselves. They discovered the internal organs connect with the Five Forces of the Universe and provide a link between the human microcosm and the universal macrocosm. The organs contain the essences of the spiritual force of a human being. They also provide the physical lines of force that hold the body together and give it structure.

When obstructed the internal organs store unhealthy energies that can overflow into other bodily systems and surface as negative emotions and sickness. Always in search of an outlet, these negative emotions and toxic energies create a perpetual cycle of negativity and stress.  If the negative emotions can’t find an outlet, they fester in the organs or move into the abdomen, the body’s “garbage dump.” The abdomen can process some emotional garbage, but more often it can’t keep up with the flow. The energetic center of the body located at the navel becomes congested and cut off from the rest of the body. 


How does it work?

Chi, the life-force energy, moves through the body’s internal channels, nervous system, blood vessels, and lymph glands. These systems concentrate and cross paths in the abdomen, which acts as their control center. Tensions, worries, and stresses of the day, month, or year accumulate and are seldom dispersed. ‘These disturbances can cause physical tangling and knotting of the nerves, blood vessels, and lymph nodes. The result is the gradual obstruction of energy circulation, which may lead to any number of maladies including, but not limited to, indigestion, constipation, bloating, insomnia, whole body toxicity, poor skin quality, and an inability to lose weight.

The ancient Taoists realized that negative emotions cause serious damage to one’s health, impairing both physical and spiritual functions. They understood that each human emotion is an expression of energy and that certain emotions could indicate the negative energy behind many physical ailments. 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.

The Taoists discovered that most maladies could be healed once the underlying toxins and negative forces were released from the body. They developed the art of Chi Nei Tsang to recycle and transform negative energies that obstruct the internal organs and cause knots in the abdomen. Chi Nei Tsang clears out the toxins, bad emotions, and excessive heat or heat deficiencies-that cause the organs to dysfunction.

Who needs Chi Nei Tsang?

Most people have experienced a time in their life when their Chi has been blocked. Infants experience blocked Chi as Colic. Children experience blocked Chi as illness or tummy aches. Teens frequently hold excess toxins and negative emotions from hormone imbalances and/or poor eating habits, which may occur as acne. Any adult who experiences stress, worry, or anxiety without consciously relieving the excess negativity may benefit from CNT.

This treatment had proved to be very effective also in:
* liberation of strong emotional (invisible) attachment to old relationships, emotional dependence to parents etc

This is not an easy massage for the patient. Dring the massage the patients and the therapyst work together, the patients will be making sounds (mantra like) and breath in a rythem under the guidance of the practicioner.
Some pain and discomfort can occur during the session.

It can be done of a floor, low bed or regular therapy bed

The full session lasts from 60 to 120min
Frequency: maximum once a week

Preparation for the session:
Do not eat anything for 2-3 hours.

After the session: 
Please make sure you take at least 2 hours off from work or other duties after the massage. 
You should not drive nor go shopping etc after it, go straight home and rest.
Some pain and discomfort can occur during the next few days after this treatment.

prices vary per country


Please book at least 1 day before hands.

My grade: Basic training practitioner
Teacher: Zendrik Van der Merwe, Chi Nei Tsang and Thai massage teacher from South Africa, based in Guatemala