The belly is designated in Chinese medicine as the second brain of our body. The Taoists consider it the seat of our emotions. Chi Nei Tsang, derived from Qi Qong, is a belly massage technique that aims to release concentrated negative energies in the abdomen and to harmonize emotions.
“I have a knotted stomach”; “I was breathless”; “I get bile,” “I have the ball in the stomach” but also “I have butterflies in the belly” … These expressions are nothing trivial. Emotions, both positive and negative, are rooted in the abdomen, and have an obvious influence on our physical state. Chi Nei Tsang (literally Chi or Qi, energy and Nei Tsang or Nei Zang, organs) is a massage that is based on the five major systems of the body: vascular, lymphatic, nervous, muscular and energetic.
Invented by the Taoist spiritual master Mantak Chia, the Chi Nei Tsang consists in clearing and releasing the “perverse energies trapped in the body”. These perverse energies or “winds” can weaken the nervous system and internal organs and disrupt emotional energy. In Taoist philosophy, we learn to “recycle waste” by isolating them from each other, and get rid of them before they come to “pollute” the brain.
These negative emotions are distributed in the different organs of the abdomen: worries and fear are lodged in the spleen, pancreas and stomach. Sadness and depression are nested in the lungs. Fears, phobias and trauma hide in the kidneys, and finally jealousy, frustration and anger in the liver. During a session of Chi Nei Tsang, the practitioner will apply to release these negative energies, but also and especially to practice a “rebalancing” of these emotions, which are inseparable from their “positive” pendants: concerns / receptivity , sadness / courage, fear / calm, etc.
Throughout the session, the masseuse talks to me, explains me, questions me about my feelings. According to her, this dialogue is an integral part of the process initiated by Chi Nei Tsang. “The therapist can not do everything,” she explains. Chi Nei Tsang is also a work of self-healing. A session is also the time to verbalize emotions. Some of my clients are crying. Others are laughing! The manipulation of these organs can bring back very strong emotions! At the end of the 60 minute treatment, Brigitte Guillôme shows me some gestures to reproduce, alone, at home. Because if a single session can help to relax, and even have detoxifying virtues, the Chi Nei Tsang can also be practiced, more regularly, in self massage.
“It is better to experiment with Chi Nei Tsang with a professional to start, and ask him at the end of the session to give you advice to massage yourself,” says the therapist. Nevertheless, nothing prevents you, in the evening, before sleeping, to gently massage your belly to relax. “It’s best to use a tennis ball to massage. You can perform circles along the large intestine. You can also massage around the navel and clockwise with your index finger and middle finger. A simple gesture to adopt to eliminate the stress of the day!
Do not expect a miraculous change coming out of a Chi Nei Tsang session. While the massage relaxes, but this is not a simple care institute, but a preventive therapy. Regular practice (especially with changing seasons) can prevent many diseases. And this is the basis of Chinese medicine: prevention is better than cure!