Chi Ne Tsang
I have a sensitive stomach so over the years I’ve had many opportunities to feel and notice the extent to which the ways I’m consuming and digesting my food are related to how I’m consuming and digesting ideas and emotions. It took me three and a half decades to discover that there’s an entire Taoist science dedicated to the study of these relationships and it’s called Chi Ne Tsang.
At the root of Chi Ne Tsang, also known as abdominal massage or internal organ chi massage, is the observation that many of the ailments we suffer from, ranging from musculoskeletal pain to serious disease, are a result of an obstruction in our internal organs. These obstructions can be caused by overwork, stress, accidents, surgery, drugs, toxins, poor diet and poor posture, but are also often the result of negative emotions such as fear, anger, anxiety, depression and worry, and it’s these negative emotions that cause the most damage to our system.
According to my teacher, Mantak Chia, Chi Ne Tsang practitioners used to follow generals out to war – an abdominal massage was considered essential for the generals before making big decisions and strategic moves. Makes sense to me, considering the extent to which toxins and indigestion in my belly can cloud my mind and trigger negative emotions.
I’ve found it very useful for addressing a range of digestive issues from chronic constipation and diahrrea to IBS and ulcerative colitis. It’s also good for addressing fertility and menstrual issues, including fibroids and endometriosis, and in general for a variety of chronic pains and conditions which resist conventional treatment. And if you feel like you’re holding emotional tension and trauma in the body, it’s a number one go to.