Chi Nei Tsang (CNT) is a hands-on therapy which regulates imbalances primarily held in the abdomen. It provides therapy to the three centers of the head, chest and belly, unlike traditional massage which focuses on the back of the body.
With thoughtful pressure and manipulation along the front of the body, we can help dissolve physical, emotional, and mental resistance. Originally created by Taoist hermits practicing on each other between long periods of meditation, CNT purposefully targets the abdominal cavity, where all energy eventually crosses through. So when the central energy is balanced, all the energy in the body can better maintaining health and happiness.
Like acupuncture, Chi Nei Tsang helps one get to the core of imbalance by moving deep tension patterns. These "knots" are like deep "eddies" of energy trapped with no where to go. They drain and weaken the nervous system, inflame organs and unbalance emotional energy. CNT is a great way to start the process of untangling these knots so you can transform stress and tension into self healing and resilience.
Taoist meditation is a varied practice of transformative exercises which train and connect the mind, the heart and the will. These practices energize the body and sharpen the mind. At The Breathing Tree, we are certified to teach seated meditation in the Cosmic Inner Smile, the Microcosmic Orbit and the Six Healing Sounds methods. We also teach standing meditation in Zhan Zhuang, Yi Chuan, Iron Shirt as well as special meditations for specific transformation. A general seated session is performed in a chair and incorporates easy loosening the spine and hip while standing meditation, holds static postures from 5-30, gteatly stimulating the energy.
Qi Gong (pronounced "chee-kung"= "energy skill"), is a modern term for what used to be known as "Yangsheng" or "nourishing life" exercises. They are a varied and vast collection of active meditation practices which strengthen body, harmonize the mind and build the energy. Typically, a qi gong exercise set involves relaxed natural breathing, coordinated with slow repetition of easy, full range movement with a calm mindful state.
Tai Chi is a traditional Chinese internal martial art that has been adapted over many years to promote overall health and well being. Tai chi is a moderate-intensity exercise that has support in scientific literature for improving balance and postural control. In addition, Tai Chi has been shown to reduce falls in seniors who may be at risk for falls, increase flexibility and lower high blood pressure. Tai chi is an inexpensive intervention that enhances self-confidence, strengthens balance, increases blood circulation and relaxes tight muscles. No specialized equipment is required other than comfortable clothing and shoes. Once learned, Tai Chi can be performed anywhere. As group exercise Tai Chi has the potential benefit of increased social interaction for all ages. We teach Tai Chi Meditation, Yang Tai Chi 24 Step and the Tai Chi Workout.
Baguazhang is a traditional Chinese internal martial art which emphasizes spherical body training, walking and breathing as base principles for martial and mental training. 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.
The practice of Ba Gua Zhang emphasizes body movements which are coordinated with the rotation of the waist and the walking action of the legs. All of these elements, when combined with relaxation and connection of mind and body, produce an explosive, coordinated power that comes from the unified action of the entire body and is not dependent on the relative strength of the external musculature.
In both training and application, there is an emphasis on internal stillness while the body is in motion. Internally the mind and spirit are still and calm, while externally the body constantly changes and transforms.
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.
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Weekend Skills Training
Attend any 3 day weekend CNT 1 training and 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.
Year Long Certified Practitioner Training
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 as a CNT Level 1 practitioner. Like many others, if your find you want to deepen your training even more, we can certify your hours in CNT Level 2 as well. The year long trainings include weekends in Chinese medical and astrological theory and practice, qi gong, meditation, energy training and treatments for specific organ systems.
Aaron Stiles, MS, LAc, LMT is a teacher of Taoist medicine, bodywork and internal arts in private and small group settings. He has been practicing Chi Nei Tsang since 2012 and teaching since 2016. 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 and the Universal Healing Tao System.