Health Benefits of Chi Nei Tsang Massage

Published | Updated September 27, 2020
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Aims and Health Benefits of Chi Nei Tsang Abdominal Massage

Chi Nei Tsang Massage or Thai Abdominal Chi and Internal Organs Massage is a healing massage modality combining traditional Chinese, Thai Massage and meditation techniques while focusing predominantly on the abdominal area.

The healing modality was created by Mantak Chia, the founder of the renowned Tao Garden in Chiang Mai, where “Chi” means energy and “Nei Tsang” means working on or transform the internal organs.

The phrase “Abdominal Massage” is in fact a bit limiting, because Chi Nei Tsang is surely not about the abdomen only, but about internal organs manipulation (including the genital organs), that is, acupressure and massage of organs, muscles and tissue in the abdominal and pelvic region and in the chest cavity (thoracic area).

This massage work is strongly based on the assumption that unresolved emotional issues are stored in the digestive system (mouth, jaws, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, anus, liver, pancreas, and gallbladder) and that insufficient or poor “emotional digestion” is one of the main causes for a variety of illnesses.

Aims and Benefits

Chi Nei Tsang treatments aim at clearing energy blockages within the abdominal, pelvic and thoracic area and in the actual internal organs, thereby improving the free and unobstructed flow of blood supply, internal energy, proper functioning of internal organs and vital functions, and emotional balance.

The treatment promotes better circulation of blood and other bodily fluids (important for internal distribution of oxygen, nutrition, hormones, and the like) and can solve excretory problems. Think about issues of numbness and tingling in the arms, hands, legs or feet, or gallstones, and urinary tract or prostate infections.

Other advantages may be the relief or elimination of digestive problems, such as so-called irritable bowel syndrome, bloating, and constipation. The treatment also eliminates toxins (detoxification) in the gastrointestinal tract and promotes overall lymphatic drainage, which in its turn can help boosting the immune system and better support the body to get rid of toxins.

On the pure physical awareness level, many pains, such as headaches, neck, back and muscle pains, and menstrual cramps can be alleviated or cured. Additionally, the treatment realigns the organs with a positive effect on overall posture and bodily performance.

On the emotional level, old traumas can be released. It’s believed that the cells of the body, especially those in the abdominal region, retain information (and reactions) to traumatic experiences. With work on those cells, that is – releasing tension, contractions, knots, and tangles, old negative and stagnant energy can finally leave the body at the same time giving emotional release and relief to the person.


Sessions are done with the receivers lying down (face up) on a massage table or a mat. Receivers should wear loose-fitting comfortable clothes and can receive the treatment while being clothed or with direct touch of the abdominal area.

General contraindications for treatments are an active menstruation, recent surgery, a cardiac pace maker, pregnancy, alcohol intoxication, fever, or an active cancer. It’s also advised not to eat two to three hours before a Chi Nei Tsang session (drinking is no problem).

A treatment session usually takes between one and two hours and is rather deep (sometimes painful) work in the abdominal and pelvic area (although the practitioner will decide together with you how deep to go). Unpleasant memories and feelings may come up during the session. Note that in the days after the treatment, the abdominal area can feel somewhat tender and sore. Normally, one can take no more than one session per week max.

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