Chi Nei Tsang (CNT) Massage

What Is Chi Nei Tsang?

Chi Nei Tsang. Chi Nei Tsang (CNT) is a centuries-old variety of healing touch therapy from China. It focuses on deep, gentle abdominal massage in order to “train” the internal abdominal organs to work more efficiently, which in turn is said to improve physical and emotional health.

Developed by the White Cloud Taoist Monks in ancient China, Chi Nei Tsang is a holistic approach to the healing touch modality. It integrates the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of our being. CNT goes to the very origin of health problems, including psychosomatic and emotional responses. It effectively addresses chronic conditions including digestive problems, headaches, chronic fatigue, menstrual cramps, sciatica, uterine fibroids, infertility, insomnia and depression.

Chi Nei Tsang literally means “working the energy of the internal organs” or “internal organs chi transformation.” CNT uses all the principles of Kung-Fu and Tai Chi Chuan known as Chi-Kung; therefore, CNT is a form of “applied Chi Kung.”

CNT practitioners work mainly on the abdomen with deep, soft, and gentle touches, to train internal organs to work more efficiently. Unprocessed emotional charges are also addressed in this manner, as well as all of the body systems: digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, nervous, endocrine, urinary, reproductive, muscular-skeletal, and the acupuncture meridian system (Chi).


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.

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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 emotions and 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 dysfunctional.


Here are ways in which unblocking stagnant chi through Chi Nei Tsang massage benefits the body.

It increases immunity by clearing the lymphatic drainage system.

A strong immune response protects you from contracting illnesses by fighting off infection and keeping the body healthy.

Cleansing the organs of negative chi optimizes it functions.

Improved digestion and circulation aids in clearing the body of toxins.

Some positive effects that have been noted include regular bowel movement, reduces bloating, increases blood circulation, and the skin clears of irritation.

The massage helps to relieve back pain caused by bad posture.

By correcting the posture, the body restructures and realigns the internal organs which leads to better organ function.

The direct massage applied to specific points in the abdominal area and torso induces the organs to perform better.

The relief from tension, pain, and anxiety that people carry in their bodies leads to a more relaxed body.

The relaxation enables the body to reset and be able to sleep better without the support of medication.

The full rest also aids in repairing the body and bringing back vitality.

It has been noted that Chi Nei Tsang has helped some patients recover faster post-surgery.

The steady flow of chi into the body speeds up the healing process and also lessens tissue scarring.

Chi Nei Tsang practitioners may even encourage having massage sessions pre-surgery to prime the body and mind creating a healing environment.

The use of Chi Nei Tsang massage awakens you to your emotions.

The connection of body, mind, and spirit helps you deal with emotions that negatively impact the body.

It encourages you to process emotions and recognize how to better deal with it so it doesn’t manifest into physical ailments.

It should be noted that Chi Nei Tsang does not cure or reverse diseases.

What it does is stimulate the body’s natural systems – lymphatic, circulatory, digestive, and excretory, to name a few – so it functions at its optimum level to keep diseases at bay and maintain body health.

Physically, CNT massage techniques help detoxify the body by reducing stagnation, increasing elimination, improving digestion, and encouraging lymphatic drainage. Because of these positive changes, it may also strengthen the immune system. 

It can help re-align the structure of the body with deep massage strokes, which can stimulate the organs to work better, addressing long-time visceral imbalances.

CNT helps us get to the root of deep, emotional issues that often are hidden in our bodies. It teaches us to know and like ourselves better, allowing us to feel emotion, sometimes even when we really don’t want to feel those emotions.

Mentally, the therapy helps our thinking process, so we are more aware of the connections of the body, mind, emotions, and spirit. 

What to expect

When feelings are awakened during a CNT session, the therapist guides you to a greater understanding of your feelings, while helping you to realize why and how the emotions are surfacing.

What Does Chi Nei Tsang Feel Like?

Chi Nei Tsang is often described as relaxing. As with any massage, the effect is a loosening of muscles. The easing of the tension brings relief from pain and a general sense of calm and well-being.

People who have undergone Chi Nei Tsang massage sessions have reported feeling a lightness as if a weight was lifted from their bodies.

The release of emotional tension led to peaceful sleep and a lifting of the spirits.

The release of emotional tension sets a heightened emotional awareness for some.

The heightened awareness may trigger other hidden issues that will have to be addressed with additional Chi Nei Tsang sessions and psychotherapy.

People have also reported feeling slight pain as the organs are massaged and detoxified. The discomfort is the body’s reaction to being primed to be fully functional again.


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