What is Chi Nei Tsang/Applied Chi Kung?
Chi Nei Tsang, translated as "working with the energy of the internal organs" or "internal organs chi transformation", is a holistic healing modality created by Taoist monks in ancient China to help them maintain the high energy required to achieve the most advanced levels of meditative practice. Central to the practice of chi nei tsang are the concepts of the human being as microcosm of the universe, and the concept of qi (chi), (which is pretty much undefineable but can be thought of as energy-information), which makes up everything in existence. Symptoms manifest on all levels - physical, mental, emotional, spiritual - when our original nature is blocked in some way from expressing itself through our
form. Chi Nei Tsang addresses the very origin of symptoms and integrates all aspects of our being.
In a Chi Nei Tsang / Applied Chi Kung session, a practitioner works mainly on the abdomen using deep, gentle touch, supportive holding, and applied chi kung (transmission of energy from practitioner to client). The client’s breath is guided through the body, bringing awareness to places of restriction and stress, as well as to areas which already experience openness and ease. This combination of awareness and supportive, 'listening touch' relaxes and releases tissues, freeing energy pathways, and allowing the body's healing intelligence to arise. Chi Nei Tsang is extremely detoxifying at every level of being. It addresses all of the bodily systems (musculo-skeletal, endocrine, circulatory, metabolic, etc.) and can actually change our DNA, reprogramming the Self at a cellular level.
When physiology changes, the way of Being changes (and vice versa).
At the emotional and spiritual level, Chi Nei Tsang is also a powerful tool for self transformation. Emotions (feelings) are energetic charges that, if not digested, are stored until the body feels the conditions are appropriate for emotional processing. This is a subconscious self-protection technique that unfortunately takes a tremendous amount of energy and results in uncomfortable physical and emotional symptoms. The purpose of Chi Nei Tsang is to bring awareness to all parts of you and to enable you to process the stored emotional charges which keep you in conflict with yourself. Internal conflict = pain, dis-ease, inability to break unhealthy habits, etc. Processing stored emotional charges results in greater ease of movement and ease of being on all levels.
Chi Nei Tsang/Applied Chi Kung (Qigong) is not a quick fix. In fact, the intent of CNT is not to "fix" anything or to make your body do anything it doesn’t want to do, but to assist your inherent self-healing ability. Pain and discomfort - whether emotional, mental, physical or spiritual - are not a sign of malfunction. On the contrary, pain indicates that your body is having a healthy reaction to something it does not like. Chi Nei Tsang does not approach the body with the intent to stop it from telling us it's not happy. Rather, its focus is to listen and put us in touch with what is being said so that we feel it and hear it more clearly. Symptoms are not viewed as problems to get rid of but as messages from the body requesting that changes be made in order that it may return to its natural state of health and ease.
The focus is not on the diagnoses of pathology, but on freeing and increasing the flow and circulation of energy to all of the systems of the body. This results in greater health and self awareness, as well as an improved expression of heart and spirit. Chi Nei Tsang engenders growth and transformation grounded in softness and lightness of Heart: it is compassion and the recognition of the client’s inherent perfection as he or she is that bring about the conditions necessary for healing to occur.
The healing process (in fact, life itself) is not something that can be fully understood by mental consciousness and often takes place below the level of conscious thought or words. Just remember that the only reason you feel "broken" at times is because your nature is wholeness. If you had no experience of this on some level, you would not recognize when something is out of alignment.
People often ask how many sessions they'll need in order to heal. The truth is there is no answer. Every body is unique. I have seen a person heal from cancer in one week, another person heal from 35 years of asthma in 2 years. Your Self decides when it's time to heal - most often this is not a process instigated by the conscious mind, and most often the healing process is gradual and subtle. However, the more you engage consciously in your own healing process, the better.
It is highly recommended that chi nei tsang treatments be received weekly or every other week for some time. A series of 10 spaced one to three weeks apart is a good start. True healing – not just the removal of symptoms – is a gradual process which requires/entails change. In general, the time it takes to heal is directly proportionate to the ease with which you are able to assimilate and retain the changes that occur during the healing process.