Beyond acupuncture, we offer other types of therapeutic sessions to stimulate the bodymind. Chi Nei Tsang is a great way to open the energy in the gut and abdomen. Classes in Chi Gong, Taichi and other internal arts extend and deepen the therapies offered at our clinic.
Chi Nei Tsang (CNT) is one part of the larger Universal Healing Tao system of internal transformation. CNT helps regulate imbalances primarily held at the belly center through direct and indirect techniques. These chi gong techniques let blockages slowly and safely dissolve into useable energy.
Chi Nei Tsang provides direct attention to the three centers of the head, chest and abdomen. Like many Taoist methods, experience has taught that by balancing the center of our body, the positive effects ripple outwards to all systems of connection. CNT is a great way to start the process of transforming stress and tension into self healing and resilience.
A powerful hands-on qi manipulation technique that affects the five major systems of the body: vascular, lymphatic, nervous, muscular, and chi (energy). These systems, connected through internal networks (acupuncture meridians) all cross in the abdominal center, where unreleased stress and tension may cause obstruction. Through simple manipulations of the central channel which connects head, chest center, abdominal center, we can release physical, emotional, and mental resistance that can cause illness.
Beyond the five systems, we have five types of potential energy that exists in all of nature. These are rising, falling, expanding, contracting and rotating. Our body, being part of nature, also falls into these energetic tendencies which pervade our cosmos. Since we are all made up of differents ratios of the same stuff, the five energies affect each of us differently. Internally, when these energies become unbalanced and pathogenic, they have a tendancy to stir up "winds". These winds are potential energy ready to be recycled and reused.
Over time, CNT helps get to the core of imbalance by moving these deep energetic "winds" trapped by stagnation in the abdominal cavity's chi collection points. These winds are like deep "eddies" of energy trapped with no where to go. They are powerful and can pull energy from and weaken the nervous system, inflame organs, or unbalance emotional energy. Dedicating time to softening these areas of resistance allows that whirlpool to dissolve and move downstream.
Chi, the life-force energy, moves through the body’s internal channels, nervous system, blood vessels, and lymph glands. These systems concentrate and cross paths in the abdomen, which acts as their control center. Tensions, worries, and stresses of the day, month, or year accumulate and are seldom dispersed. ‘These disturbances can cause physical "tangling and knotting" of the nerves, blood vessels, and lymph nodes. The result is the gradual obstruction of energy circulation, which may lead to any number of maladies including, but not limited to, indigestion, constipation, bloating, insomnia, whole body toxicity, poor skin quality, and an inability to lose weight.
The ancient Taoists realized that negative emotions cause serious damage to one’s health, impairing both physical and spiritual functions. They understood that each human emotion is an expression of energy and that certain emotions could indicate the negative energy behind many physical ailments. They also identified a specific cycle of relationships between the emotions and the organs. For example, the experience of a “knot” in one’s stomach indicated the presence of worry, the negative emotion that accumulates in the stomach and spleen.
The Taoists discovered that most maladies could be healed once the underlying toxins and negative forces were released from the body. They developed the art of Chi Nei Tsang to recycle and transform negative energies that obstruct the internal organs and cause knots in the abdomen. Chi Nei Tsang clears out the toxins, bad emotions, and excessive heat or heat deficiencies-that cause the organs to dysfunction allowing each student to transform stress into vitality.
After your initial 3 day weekend training, the student can learn the basic first round of Chi Nei Tsang. This initial sequence and the techniques contained within, can take the student very far in the practice of abdominal regulation. For many, simply incorporating some of these methods into their current sessions is just the right enhancement.
In order to be recognized at a Chi Nei Tsang Practitioner by the UHT, the student needs to do a year long training containing 10 weekends of workshops and 100 case studies. Upon completion of these requirements and passing of the final test, one can be certified within the Universal Healing Tao. The year long training includes weekends in chi gong, meditation, energy training and CNT treatments for specific Taoist organ systems.
Aaron Stiles, LMT, LAc has been practicing Chi Nei Tsang since 2012. He has had the great fortune of apprenticing with one of the few senior teachers capable of transmitting and exemplifying all levels of Chi Nei Tsang as well as the Taoist practices within the Universal Healing Tao System.
Aaron has been a teacher of east asian bodywork and energetic practices both in the university setting as well as individual training. He is passionate about CNT and is grateful for having the ability to train others in this beautiful practice of partnered inner transformation.
Meditation is a transformative exercise for the mind and body. Moving meditation, usually practiced standing, is often a precursor or addition to a seated, stillness practice. These two types of meditation work hand in hand to bring light into mind and strength into the body.
Moving meditation, commonly called Qigong (pronounced "chee-kung") has proven for thousands of years to be a safe and sustainable way to exercise your body from the inside out. These exercises, usually performed in a standing position, are low impact tools which maintain vibrant health and elasticity. Qigong gently strengthens tendons and ligaments, increases circulation, deepens the breath and sharpen the mind. Typically, a qigong exercise set involves relaxed natural breathing, coordinated with slow repetition of easy, full range movement with a calm mindful state.
Stillness meditation is a seated form of qigong practice. With less body movement, like in prayer, the body's energy and focus vibrates on a subtler level. This aids in a deeper cleaning and communication, transforming un-useful stress states into useable vitality. A general session is done seated in a chair and incorporates loosening the spine and hips and feeling and internal smile fill each organ. Our organs, which provide biological transformations second by second, create and inform our living energy and can be strengthened with carefully guided practice. Our Taoist style meditation comes from Grand Master I-Yun, Master Mantak Chia and Senior Teacher, Karin Sorvik. Other meditation teachers of influence along the Path are S.N. Goenka, Tom Bisio and Dr. Lisa Van Ostrand.
We look forward to practicing with you, bringing light to the old adage which says, "rust doesn't grow on a moving wheel".
Baguazhang is a traditional Chinese internal martial art which emphasizes spherical body training, walking and breathing as base principles for martial and mental training. Generally referred to as a Nei Jia Quan (nay-ju-kwon), which literally means “inner family boxing”, or “inner school boxing", teachers of internal martial arts, like Baguazhang, never really tack down what an internal art is because the nature of something ‘internal’ is sensed and experienced personally, rather than perceived externally. This style of training allows the student to have rigid guideline around energy and posture, but express these within their own body and experience.
The art of Baguazhang focuses on relaxation, mind-intention, stillness and natural spontaneous movement. Rather than stressing techniques and developing muscular strength, training looks inward as the body stretches outward. This focus is an important building block for maintaining inner and outer health, flexibility and strength.
Additionally, training the principles of the internal arts are completely congruent with the principles of Chinese medicine. This includes a deep understanding of the unified nature of the body, mind and spirit and their connection to the natural world.
Taichi has been researched to show it can positively aid in blood pressure, mental focus, stress relief, balance and bone health.
We teach two forms; our beginners Taichi short form as well as the traditional Yang style 24 step standardized form. Our Taichi short form was synthesized at The Breathing Tree as an easy, 20 minute Taichi routine to energize and balance the body while easing the day's emotional stress and tension. It is an excellent lifestyle addition to supports healthy blood pressure, deeper breathing and better rest. This 10-20 minute portable routine equally works both sides of the body and needs very little space to peform. This unique 8 direction circling Taichi form takes its sequence from Wu Style Taichi and the body alignments from Yang Family Taichi.
We additionally teach the standardized Yang Style 24 step Tai Chi Health form. This form includes many of the postures of Yang style Taichi while challenging the student with even more postures which require greater balance, relaxation and focus. Its' routine is standard across the world and can be practiced or competed with internationally.
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