An Ancient Chinese Medical Abdominal Massage--is it right for you?
The belly can be an intimate part of our bodies. It's rarely touched or acknowledged, but is important for what happens inside -- our digestion and processing of food and emotions. Read on as Dr. Jaz explains a little bit more insight into this massage that's been around for thousands of years.
Why the Belly?
An often ignored, overlooked part of our body, is our organ system, which is not unlike an engine. An organic machine, if you will, that is an essential part in how our bodies function. While we aren't able to literally "lift the hood" and take a peak inside without going to the doctor, a skilled bodyworker or Chi Nei Tsang Practitioner with extensive training on anatomy of the organs and a thorough understanding of the function of those organs may be able to give you some insight as to what may be happening in your belly if you are experiencing discomfort.
“Learn to start each day by smiling inwardly to your vital organs and thanking them for sustaining your life.” --Mantak Chia, Chi Nei Tsang: Chi Massage for the Vital Organs
Processing Food AND Emotions
One of the powerful things that the ancient Chinese doctors realized, thousands of years ago, is that the organs not only process food, but emotions as well. If there is an emotional imbalance, it often shows up in the gut. Or vice versa--if there is an organ imbalance, it can manifest and present as an emotional imbalance.
A great example of this is the Liver. We know for a fact that the liver can be affected negatively by alcohol. People could die from drinking too much alcohol. The negative emotions related to the Liver are anger, frustration, and resentment. Consider the many angry drunks out there, how much violence happens in relation to alcoholism. That anger is a clear indication that the Liver is not well. Alcohol is not the only thing that causes imbalances in the Liver, it's just one example of the negative effects.
Each organ has a pair and each set of organs have a positive and negative emotion related to each of them. Chi Nei Tsang is a great way to address the organs and their imbalances through a variety of massage techniques that detox the organs. Schedule a session to learn more about the organs or check out a digital introductory course to the organs and their emotions at https://drjacinthajazroemer.podia.com/.
During a Chi Nei Tsang session, patients are asked a variety of questions about digestive health, elimination, sleep, dietary habits and other relevant topics related to your body and its functions. Afterwards you will be guided to lie face up on a massage table, be draped to reveal only the abdomen and the practitioner will begin gently, with hands on your belly, to further explore where imbalance may be in the belly. Communication about pressure, comfort and sensations will occur during the session. Patients often feel relaxed, nourished and grounded after a session.
Where Does Chi Nei Tsang Originate?
Master Mantak Chia of the Universal Healing Tao System brought Chi Nei Tsang into the mainstream back in the 1980s. His teacher encouraged the information about the body, Qigong and a variety of self-healing protocols be shared with the public. He currently offers courses around the world and home base is in Chiangmai, Thailand. https://www.mantakchia.com/
More Than Just a Massage
Your Chi Nei Tsang Practitioner will also discuss and guide you through visualization, breathing and vocalization techniques that process those emotions. Tools you can use anywhere, anytime, as your breath, your mind and your voice are always with you.
Dr. Jacintha ‘Jaz’ Roemer LAc. is a certified Universal Healing Tao Medical Qi Gong instructor with over 16 years of Massage Therapy experience. As a Doctoral graduate of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbologist -- Dr. Jaz is also educated in a variety of massage modalities including Shiatsu, Thai Massage, Circulatory Massage and Tuina as well as her specialty--Chi Nei Tsang medical abdominal massage. Her office is located in the San Diego area where she lives, practices and offers courses.