Chi Nei Tsang
self-help routine

Chi Nei Tsang litterally means "Working the energy of the internal organs" or "Internal organs chi transformation". It uses the principles of Kung-Fu and Tai-Chi-Chuan known as Chi-Kung. CNT is a form of "Applied Chi-Kung".

  1. Lie down on your back on a mattress or a blanket on the floor. Lift your knees so your back and abdomen can relax. You can put a pillow or two under your knees.

  2. Breathe in long and deep, filling in your abdomen first, down to the pelvic floor, and then expand into your chest. Exhale emptying the chest first, then the abdomen. Continue to breathe deeply but gently like this throughout the massage.

  3. Using the fingers of both hands, feel the thickness and quality of the skin around the rim of the navel.

  4. Massage firmly but gently, stimulating the skin, especially wherever there is tightness or hardness. This is stimulation massage, but wherever you feel discomfort, press more gently. This is one of the most important parts of the massage. Recommended for 5-10 minutes every day. In less than a week this step of the massage improves digestion and elimination, will help you rid of chronic nerve, back, and neck pains, can help reduce water retention and help you lose weight.

  5. Moving away from the navel, massage with a pumping motion, as deep as is comfortable. Alternate both hands to stimulate the intestines and deep lymphatic system. Catalyzes and detoxifies by increasing the metabolic rate. (5 to 10 minutes)

  6. Starting from the left side under the rib cage, pull down towards the navel (pulling the organs down from under the ribs). You'll be losening the tissues that have gotten cramped under the rib cage. Always be gentle near the liver and pancreas, but massage firmly. Follow across to your right side. (5-10 minutes)

  7. Massage lower abdomen - the space between navel and pubic bone - starting by rubbing clockwise a few times, then counter-clockwise, then alternate pumping with both hands. Reach deep inside with fingers, under the pelvic bone, then up towards the navel. If it is painful, be more gentle. Discomfort most likely means you really need it in this area. As discomfort diminishes, press more firmly. When you continue breathing throughout the massage, as described in step 2, the breathing massages you from the inside, complementing the effects of the outer massage.

  8. Lay your hands flat on your abdomen and send heat from the hands into the abdomen. Absorb the heat into your body and breathe soflty as long as is comfortable.