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Understanding the Difference Between 'Chi Nei Tsang' and 'Buddha Belly Massage'

By Dr. Jacintha "Jaz" Roemer, L.Ac., DACM, Dipl.O.M.

Revolutionizing Tradition: Embracing the Future

As a practitioner with over 20 years of experience in bodywork and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), I am thrilled to introduce a new modality that blends my extensive background into a unique and transformative treatment: Buddha Belly Massage. Many of you have experienced the profound benefits of Chi Nei Tsang, a specialized form of abdominal massage that addresses organ disharmonies and emotional imbalances. In this post, I will explain what each modality entails their benefits, who they are best suited for, and how to decide which treatment is right for you.

Chi Nei Tsang: A Deep Dive into Abdominal Health

What It Is: Chi Nei Tsang is a full-hour therapeutic session focused exclusively on the abdomen. Rooted in Taoist and medical TCM principles, it works on the deeper layers of the belly, addressing organ disharmonies and emotional blockages.

Session Structure:

  • Duration: 60 minutes on the abdomen.

  • Focus: Deep, medical abdominal massage.

  • Techniques: Employs TCM techniques to harmonize organ function and release emotional tension.


  • Alleviates digestive issues.

  • Releases emotional and physical tension.

  • Promotes organ health and balance.

  • Enhances overall vitality and well-being.

Who It's For:

  • Individuals with chronic digestive issues.

  • Those experiencing emotional blockages or stress.

  • Patients looking for a deep, therapeutic treatment aimed at specific health concerns.

Buddha Belly Massage: A Holistic and Rejuvenating Experience

What It Is: Buddha Belly Massage is designed to be a more holistic and rejuvenating treatment. It integrates various techniques such as cupping, herbal oils, and acupressure, focusing not only on the abdomen but also on the back and limbs to enhance overall digestive health and relaxation.

Session Structure:

  • Duration: 60 minutes total, with 30 minutes focused on the abdomen.

  • Techniques:

  • 15 minutes opening the back with cupping, guasha, or acupressure.

  • 5-10 minutes of acupressure and herbal oils on the limbs.

  • 25-30 minutes of gentle abdominal massage.

  • Final 10-15 minutes with castor oil application and a heat pack.


  • Reduces gas and bloating.

  • Calms the nervous system.

  • Regulates and balances hormones.

  • Improves blood flow to organs.

  • Supports fertility and reproductive health.

  • Reduces postpartum discomfort.

Who It's For:

  • Individuals seeking a relaxing and therapeutic treatment.

  • Those looking to support overall digestive health.

  • Patients interested in a blend of TCM techniques and gentle massage.

  • People looking for a shorter, more varied session that includes back and limb work.

How to Decide Which Treatment is Right for You

When choosing between Chi Nei Tsang and Buddha Belly Massage, consider your specific needs and preferences:

  • Chi Nei Tsang is ideal if you are dealing with specific digestive or emotional issues and prefer a deep, focused treatment on the abdomen.

  • Buddha Belly Massage is perfect if you seek a comprehensive, relaxing experience that addresses multiple areas of the body and integrates various TCM techniques.

Both treatments offer unique benefits and can be tailored to your individual needs. If you’re unsure which is best for you, feel free to reach out for a consultation.


Both Chi Nei Tsang and Buddha Belly Massage provide powerful healing experiences rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Whether you are seeking deep therapeutic work or a holistic, relaxing treatment, these modalities can help you achieve optimal digestive health and overall well-being. Book your session today and start your journey to better health.

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