Mantak Chia’s CHI NEI TSANG with Kris Deva North

Stress relief, energy boost, detoxification, deep relaxation, emotional balance, improved breathing and digestion, health maintenance, pain management, care and maintenance of the vital organs…just some of the holistic benefits seen in Chi Nei Tsang – Taoist Massage – Hara Shiatsu, the amazing, powerful, hands-on natural therapy brought to the West by the Taoist Master Mantak Chia. (see Table below.)


Mantak Chia shared his knowledge and qualified Kris Deva North, already a Zen Shiatsu Master, as Senior Teacher.  Kris founded
the Chi Nei Tsang Institute and Healing Tao Centre where he developed CNT Practitioner Training, the structured program leading to recognised
UK qualification, supported by the range of Universal Healing Tao Courses.

This hands-on first weekend can be your first step in the full training, or you can use the principles and techniques to integrate in your existing practice…or simply spend an enjoyable weekend meeting new people, making new friends, and learning a highly effective and practical new skill you can use to help  friends, family – and yourself!  Yes, the CNT self-massage can show as many benefits as doing it on others. You don’t have to be ill to feel better.  Learn More


Your training is facilitated all the way through by Kris Deva North, Mantak Chia co-author, Senior Teacher and Founder   of the London Chi Nei Tsang Institute.
Kris has shared this wonderful therapy with people like you, Healers, Martial Artists, Health Professionals including nurses and midwives at the University of Greenwich School of Midwifery, and the Zita West Clinic. During his time at Tao Garden and on subsequent visits he was chosen to give CNT treatments to Mantak Chia and family.

Summary of effects of Chi Nei Tsang in one practice

Presenting Conditions Total Relief Partial Relief No Change
Abscess,cyst,tumour (independent medical diagnosis) 60% 40% 0%
Emotional problems,stress 0% 80% 20%
Chronic headache 100% 0% 0%
Female Infertility 66% 0% 34%
Joint pains 55% 30% 15%
Menstrual/Menopausal problems 66% 34% 0%
Stagnation 75% 25% 0%

The CNT Training Programme

The Chi Nei Tsang practitioner applies techniques to de-stress and energise the whole body-mind, through the organs where we feel our emotions.  This unique holistic massage releases tension, helps detoxification, promotes a healthy flow of energy through the meridians of Chinese medicine (like acupuncture but without the needles!) and has been known to help with relieving symptoms, easing aches and pains, and general maintenance of health and vitality – you don’t have to be ill to feel better!.  You learn to help others, and it also works for D-I-Y.  This training leads to a recognised qualification, membership of a Professional Association and eligibility for insurance.

Tuition and Practice is in FIVE parts to master the knowledge and techniques: (1) Two Chi Nei Tsang Training Weekends; (2) Completing the first three Steps of the Foundations of Taoist Practice; (3) Performing a number of Chi Nei Tsang Learning-Treatments; (4) Receiving Chi Nei Tsang Treatments from qualified CNT Practitioners; (5) Passing an Assessment in Theory and Practice.

  1. Chi Nei Tsang Training Weekends Your first CNT Training weekend click for dates starts you off with the basics: theory and practice of Internal Organs Energy massage. Tou attend the second Training Weekend when you have completed Parts 2 and 3 as follows:
  2. Completion of Foundations of Taoist Practice Steps 1, 2 and 3 (total 48 hours). You can take these Steps any time, before or after your first CNT Training Weekend.
  3. Treatments
    • own-time 50 Learning-Treatments (30 for Shiatsu students, 20 for Shiatsu graduates), presented as 7 to 10 case-studies on different people of varying age, gender and condition;
    • 5 treatments from CNT (click to find them) practitioners. (These treatments to be spaced throughout your training)
  4. Assessment on completion of the training and treatments of a: your knowledge of Chi Nei Tsang as in the book Chi Nei Tsang 1 b: your ability to deliver Chi Nei Tsang as a treatment. Assessment is included in your second CNT Training Weekend provided you have completed the requirements at 2. and 3. above, and handed in your completed Assessment Questionnaire and Learning-Treatment Notes,Costs  CNT Training Weekend and Healing Tao Foundations Steps 1, 2 and 3 current rates and dates click here Treatments from CNT Practitioners, to be negotiated with the Practitioner. For list click here
  5. Assessment and Certification

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On satisfactory completion of the Assessment you are listed on the London Tao Centre Practitioner Register with the letters CNT following your name, you are eligible for membership of the Zen Shiatsu Society, for insurance as a practitioner of Chi Nei Tsang (Hara Shiatsu).    PLEASE NOTE we do not make any unsubstantiated claims that this therapy can cure any specific condition. For your own safety and well-being please do make sure that anyone claiming specific results, cures or healings can show evidence to back up their claims, and that anyone offering training in CNT can show evidence of certification, with proper insurance and membership of a recognised UK Professional Association.
Chi Nei Tsang, a branch of Taoist medicine, was introduced to the West by the Taoist Master Mantak Chia. It is a method for releasing the toxic winds of emotional energy, which can be either the cause or effect of sickness.

Chi Nei Tsang Training

Chi Nei Tsang Practitioners (look for initials CNT after the name)

Energy blockages arising from organ obstructions and congestion in the abdomen can result in knots and tangles at the centre of the body’s vital functions, impeding the flow of Qi, the life-force or bioelectromagnetic field described by Deepak Chopra as energy-intelligence. Emotions such as fear, anger, anxiety, depression and worry are related to different organs. When the Qi of an internal organ is in a state of imbalance, it emanates toxic wind. Diagnosing the energetic condition, the Chi Nei Tsang practitioner uses intention and touch to influence the participant’s Qi and “chase the winds”.Wind is an energetic vibration which, whether toxic or the vital source of life, enters the being through the “mountains”, which include the pointed bones of the nose, coccyx, fingers, toes, knees and elbows. Winds drain out through “marshes” such as the anus, vagina, eye of the penis, pores of the skin, mouth, armpits, backs of knees and front of elbows. The mouth, navel, palm, sole and perineum are among the two-way conduits. A practitioner disperses or directs winds through marsh or mountain, often using supplementary meridians or points.When obstructed the internal organs store unhealthy energies than can overflow into other systems and manifest as negative emotions and sickness. In search of an outlet these toxic energies create a cycle of negativity and stress, festering in the organs and overflowing into the abdomen, the body’s garbage dump. The energetic centre of the body at the navel becomes congested and cut off from the rest of the body.Experiment: sitting upright, relax shoulders, relax posture so the abdomen is soft. Place the tip of your middle finger in your navel. Gently, and very slowly, keep the finger rigid and push inwards towards your spine. How far can you comfortably go? When the finger can penetrate to the front of the spine, without pain, you are clear, free of the physical residue of long-past emotions.The great arterial aorta runs through, bifurcating at the centre, pumping blood out to the distal parts while a cavernous vein passes the other way lifting used blood back to the heart for recycling, and the vagus nerve runs the communications. A mass of tubes, bladders, reproductive organs pack the spaces, attachments and connections with mesenteric arteries, arterioles, veins and capillaries, lymph nodes and nodules, tendrils of nerves, endocrine glands, muscles in broad sheets near the surface and the deep chunky psoas providing a tensile connection between spine and femur. Fatty tissues like rows of sweetcorn and bunches of small grapes cling to the sides of tubes and organs, and the whole and each part down to the smallest cell is protected and connected by webs of fasciae – the connective tissue, from the diaphragm to the perineum, from the centre to the limbs, from the navel to the wrists and ankles. Connective tissue is the common network for bodily systems and energy pathways.Experiment: grab a handful of material of the clothes you are wearing, around the navel area, and twist. Feel where the tension goes. See where the material distorts – what is the most distal point? Imagine the turmoil inside, when just the surface tension is so dramatic – traumatic?Treatment requires preparation: “opening the wind gates”; centering, balancing and flushing the circulatory system, and detoxifying the lymphatic system. Toxic winds are thus provided with both physical and energetic escape routes. These preparatory processes may be spread over a series of treatments as clinical experience has shown it counterproductive to detoxify in one session more than the body can eliminate – the healing crisis can be too severe.Escape-routes clear, work can begin on the organs themselves or any knots, tangles and lumps found in the abdomen. Treatment includes visual diagnosis of the navel centre for signs of pulls towards areas of congestion, scanning with the palm (PC8) the winds emanating from the organs, use of intention, focussed massage, and specific therapeutic meditations such as the Healing Sounds which help cool and detoxify. Visualisation by the participant helps the profound effect of this combination of physical, energetic and spiritual therapy.Focussed massage to points in the navel area slightly melts the gelatinous coating around local cells, releasing suspended toxins into the lymphatic system and enhancing conductivity of the connective tissue, enabling pain-relieving messages to spread through the embryonic meridians radiating out from the navel centre. Knots, tangles and lumps, the aftermath of forgotten emotion, begin to loosen, ready to be unravelled or dissolved.Toxic winds released are dispersed or directed out through marsh or mountain, combining other, supplementary, points and channels for specific purposes:

Stomach Channel, elimination route from the front points either side of the navel (ST25 in combination with other Front-Mu or Bo points), particularly useful for disturbance of the spirit – emotional – digestive, reproductive, back pain, cardiovascular conditions, stagnation, distortions of the fasciae;

Gall Bladder Channel for the sides, at the point of the 12th rib (GB25) for liver and pancreatic conditions;

Urinary Bladder for the back (UB23 in combination with other Back-Shu or Yu points) for depletion and kidney conditions; UB51 – particularly effective for tumours and other deep abdominal conditions.

As always, the question arises: how many treatments do I need? As always, the answer depends on the condition, the participant, the practitioner and the homework. Homework encourages participants to share in their own healing and might include self-massage and meditations such as the Inner Smile to strengthen the Qi of the organs and aid in adjustments to self-perception and life-style, and the Microcosmic Orbit to harmonise energy-flow.

originally published in and reproduced here by kind permission of Positive Health Magazine

Click for the full article including case studies

About Kris Deva North

Author, Meditation Coach, Teacher of the Taoist Arts.
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