What Is Chi Nei Tsang...?
Gilles Marin describes it as "Healing From Within"
Chi Nei Tsang is a holistic approach to the healing touch modality of old Taoist Chinese origin. It integrates the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of our being. CNT goes to the very origin of health problems, including psychosomatic responses.
Chi Nei Tsang literally means “working the energy of the internal organs” or “internal organs chi transformation.” CNT uses all the principles of Kung-Fu and Tai Chi Chuan known as Chi-Kung; therefore, CNT is a form of “applied Chi Kung.”
CNT practitioners are trained in Chi-Kung and work mainly on the abdomen with deep, soft and gentle touches, to train internal organs to work more efficiently. Unprocessed emotional charges are also addressed in this manner, as well as all of the body systems: digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, nervous, endocrine, urinary, reproductive, muscular-skeletal, and the acupuncture meridian system (Chi).
And Amy Moon, of the San Francisco Chronicle writes
"CHI NEI TSANG MASTER GILLES MARIN palpates my internal organs to promote greater enjoyment of life.
Sometimes you just know you're going to like someone -- I think of a woman I met at a cocktail party once who told me she saw the sleeve of her boyfriend's sport coat as he came through the door at a friend's house and knew he was the one.
It was like that for me with Gilles Marin, founder and director of the Chi Nei Tsang Institute in Berkeley. Actually, not quite. My knowing was a little less ephemeral. I'd read an excerpt from his book "Healing From Within With Chi Nei Tsang" which said:
"'For health and happiness everything in life is to be enjoyed. To keep enjoying it, take every-thing in moderation, including moderation!' Dr. Chang, one of my most influential teachers, used to say that it is healthier to get very drunk once a month than to drink a glass of wine or beer every day, since our body does not have time in twenty-four hours to detoxify completely from alcohol. Drinking only once a month, even if we get drunk, will allow the body enough time to detoxify completely."
Immediately thought, "Oh, I like this guy." Just for the record, it's not as if I'm such a big drinker, but so many of these Mind Body Spirit practices tend toward discipline, a certain level of purification and, yes, the dreaded perfectionism. And my tendency slides much more toward the opposite end of the spectrum. Although, admittedly, I'm not so happy about that. Nonetheless, while I feel this pressure to go toward the light, another part of me really appreciates the reasonable voice, the one that winks and says: "Go ahead, have fun. Quit being so serious."
So I was looking forward to meeting Marin and experiencing Chi Nei Tsang, which I described in my last editorial meeting as "internal tai chi or chi kung," and after receiving bemused blank stares, I'd added, "It's centered in Berkeley." At which everyone laughed. To which I then felt like adding, "Hey wait, it's not like that."