Chi Nei Tsang, Viceral & Other Body Work

Learn To Unwind The Belly with Chi Nei Tsang

Oriental Visceral Bodywork

Chi Nei Tsang (pronounced chee-nayt-song) is a traditional Oriental visceral bodywork that was introduced to North America only 40 years ago. CNT works to balance and invigorate the internal organs gently and effectively, and improves emotional and physical digestion

The three pillars of CNT are breathwork, applied qigong, and beautiful manual technique – all three are addressed in each absorbing workshop. The Unwind the Belly workshops feature very clear demonstrations of effective techniques followed by hands-on lab work. The labs are punctuated with qigong practice and oriental five element theory, as well as visceral anatomy. In instructor Peter TS Melnychuk’s September 2014 CNT Fundamentals Workshop, student evaluations rated Presentation – 9.4/10, Quality of Content – 9.8/10. Unwind the Belly CNT Workshops also provide each student with a workbook featuring large print, photos, & descriptions of the CNT techniques learned – an invaluable clinical reference tool.

(the classes below count toward certification with the Chi Nei Tsang Institute in Berkeley, CA)

Universal Healing Tao Basics

In the Universal Healing Tao Basics we learn the simple invigorating qigong practices first introduced to North America 30 years ago by Master Mantak Chia. Included are the Inner Smile, a simple Taoist technique to wake up your immune system; the Microcosmic Orbit, a way to refine and distribute the life force (qi) throughout your body;  as well as the Six Healing Sounds, where we balance specific internal organs systems and their associated emotions, & transform stress into vitality. As a new students recently observed after doing qigong for only 2 days, “I noticed myself walking around with a big smile on face for no particular reason.”  We also learn:

Iron Shirt, including Embracing the Tree (to ground &  build stamina)

Earth Qigong (for grounding and energy building)

Bone Breathing (great for osteoporosis, vitality)

Bone Dreaming (sleeping qigong)

bonus (time allowing): Jesus Sitting Qigong (the frequency of bliss)

There is no prerequisite for the Universal Healing Tao Basics. All are welcome. This class is a new prerequisite for CNT certification through the Chi Nei Tsang Institute in Berkeley, CA.

Univeral Healing Tao Basics, 7 November (Evening) - 8 November (All day) 2017, Edmonton, AB

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Chi Nei Tsang Fundamentals

Each day we begin with the basics of Chi Nei Tsang: connecting with the energies of heaven and Earth (thru qigong), nourishing ourselves with extra qi (life force), so that we have extraordinary energy for our sessions.

Our initial focus is the Metal organs, the organs of elimination — the skin, the lungs, and the large intestine. We learn how to repattern and expand our client’s breathing, and to sense areas of chi stagnation. We gradually begin to distinguish between physical & emotional charges that burden the body.

Our sense of touch is refined, and we develop an awareness & healthy respect for our clients’ barriers. We awaken our own capacity to lead clients into a deep healing state. Once the client accesses this parasympathetic state, almost any technique or therapy we use with them will be tripled in power.

We learn the amazing protocol of Opening the Wind Gates — a traditional technique to release stagnant life force. Days 3 and 4 focus on ancient touch techniques to work with the energies of the Earth organs (stomach,duodenum, pancreas/spleen) and the Wood organs (liver, gall bladder). We are taught specific detoxification protocols.

Years of student evaluations note  one of the best features of the Fundamentals workshop is the guided 45 minute CNT flow sequence of many of the learned techniques applied in sequence. Each student has the opportunity to fill the role of both the practitioner and the client. Student confidence rises exponentially after this part of the workshop.

The cutting edge Taoist techniques shared are superb for clients suffering from IBS, or constipation. Many of your clients will report the elimination or reduction of headaches, anxiety, heartburn, and acid reflux. Many lower back issues & some shoulder problems will diminish as you apply what you have learned.

CNT Fundamentals, 9-12 November 2017, (4 days), Edmonton, AB, with Peter TS Melnychuk.  

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There is no prerequisite for taking the CNT Fundamentals, all are welcome; but for Certification Track, the prerequisite is Healing Tao Basics.

Advanced Chi Nei Tsang

Advanced Chi Nei Tsang is a four day workshop. The first two days are focussed on Classical Chi Nei Tsang - traditional oriental protocols to address specific challenges in the body. It includes the most effective old school techniques & protocols still practiced in Asia today. We ground ourselves with Earth Relationship Qigong, and begin to learn to the single most powerful qigong for bodyworkers, Buddha Palms. We also learn the Chinese Medicine 24 hour body clock. Also covered in the hands-on labs of Days 1 & 2

Opening the navel

Opening the front line

Opening the bagua –all in the classical style

Chasing the wind that causes headaches

Chasing the wind that attacks the gall bladder meridian and causes TMJ

Chasing the wind that causes extreme hot and cold

Two techniques to release the small intestine

Two methods to release the psoas muscles

If time allows, an advanced applied qigong technique to help transform gall bladder symptoms

Days 3 & 4 of Advanced CNT contains advanced techniques from the contemporary North American style of Chi Nei Tsang.  We continue to practice Buddha Palms Qigong. We study the rivers of elemental energy -  the meridian system - & learn how to balance the energies in each Meridian. We also discover techniques to optimize the Water Elemental Force in the body. In hands-on labs we learn:

To use applied qigong to balance each one of the twelve meridians

How to release the kidneys

How to release the bladder

An energetic sequence of points to clear stagnation in, and rejuvenate the lower burner and reproductive centres

A protocol to overcome hiatal hernia, acid reflux, & GERD

How to mirror & relax the nerves of the spine

How to decouple the fight or flight response in the body

CNT Fundamentals is the prerequisite for Advanced CNT (Healing Tao Basics is recommended but not mandatory).

Advanced Chi Nei Tsang, 09 - 12 February 2018 (4 days), in Edmonton, AB, with Peter TS Melnychuk.

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The Quintessential Somato Emotional Chi Nei Tsang

The Quintessential Somato Emotional CNT is a five day workshop.  The retreat setting, which includes evening classes, helps create a safe and cohesive setting for deep emotional processing. We will sometimes work in groups of three in order to effectively bypass the body’s emotional denial system. As in previous levels, we punctuate the hands-on labs with qigong practice & remarkable information about the process of healing. In Level 3 we learn:

The Denial system – the Emotional Guardian of our body

The 6 Conditions of Healing

The 5 Elements and the Cycle of Surrender

To map the Emotional Colon; & to map the Emotional Body

The Peace Touch

How to locate the Emotional Closet Doors

The Mother/ Father Hip Release

Most experienced CNT practitioners will tell you this workshop, which focuses on healing the emotional body, is their favorite of all CNT workshops. Most have repeated it several times for their own benefit.

The CNT Fundamentals workshop is the prerequisite for Quintessential SomatoEmotional CNT.

dates TBA 2018

Visceral Anatomy: An East/West Perspective

Do you approach the viscera with curiosity but trepidation? Would you like to develop a holographic sense of the internal anatomy? Would you like to build your palpation skills and be able to treat the core effectively in the gentlest way possible? Here is your class.

The two day Visceral Anatomy class (directed not just at CNT practitioners but at any manual therapist) focuses on the topography of the internal organs, noting easily remembered bodily landmarks to help locate specific structures. Diagrams, slides, and photos are punctuated with hands-on lab time. We endeavour to develop a felt sensation for each viscera structure, and learn how to gently treat by first determining and then encouraging the specific “orbit” of each internal organ.  The eastern perspective traces the 12 oriental meridians, the rivers of energy transporting visceral energy through the body; as well as the traditional asian dermatomes, areas on the superficial surface of the abdomen that can be palpated in order to treat specific organs.

There is no prerequisite for the Visceral Anatomy Class.

Dates 2018 TBD

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Prices

CNT Certification Track Combo : Universal Healing Tao Basics + CNT Fundamentals

7 November (Evening) - 12 November 2017, Edmonton, AB (for 2 workshops - 1 evening + 5 days)

Regular price $830.00 (incl GST)

Early Bird Price: $730.00 (Paid 21 days before class, GST )

Regular Review Price: 495.00 (incl GST)

Early Bird Review Price: $450.00  (Paid 21 days before class, incl GST)

Early bird deadline is 21 days before the workshop commences; no deposits accepted. For prerequisites scroll above to course description. To qualify for the review prices you must have taken the same workshop with Peter previously. All prices subject to change without notice.

CNT Fundamentals

9-12 November 2017, (4 days), Edmonton, AB

Regular price $725.00 (incl GST)

Early Bird Price: $650.00 (Paid 21 days before class: incl GST )

Regular Review Price: $425.00 (incl GST)

Early Bird Review Price: $395.00  (Paid 21 days before class, incl GST)

Early bird deadline is 21 days before the workshop commences; no deposits accepted. For prerequisites scroll above to course description. To qualify for the review prices you must have taken the same workshop with Peter previously. All prices subject to change without notice.

Advanced Chi Nei Tsang (Classic CNT + Balancing Meridians + Fire & Water Organs)

09 - 12 February 2018 (4 days)

Regular Price: $800.00

Early Bird Price: $725.00

Regular Review Price: $480.00 (incl GST)

Early Bird Review Price: $440.00 (Paid 21 days before class, incl GST)

Early bird deadline is 21 days before the workshop commences; no deposits accepted. For prerequisites scroll above to course description. To qualify for the review prices you must have taken the same workshop with Peter previously. All prices subject to change without notice.

Visceral Anatomy : An East/West Perspective

Dates 2018 TBD (2 day workshop)

Regular price $395.00 TBA (incl GST)

Early Bird Price: $345.00 TBA  (incl GST, Paid 30 days before class)

Regular Review Price: $260.00 (incl GST)

Early Bird Review Price: $230.00 (Paid 30 days before class, incl GST

Early bird deadline is 30 days before the workshop commences; no deposits accepted. For prerequisites scroll above to course description. To qualify for the review prices you must have taken the same workshop with Peter previously. All prices subject to change without notice.

Instructor
Peter TS Melnychuk, LMT, Certified Chi Nei Tsang Instructor and Advanced Practitioner, (CNT Institute, Oakland, CA); Visceral Manipulation Practitioner (and Certified Teaching Assistant for Barral Institute Visceral Manipulation Workshops).

Required Texts:
The Fundamentals – Healing From Within With Chi Nei Tsang, Gilles Marin (Required Reading Level Ch. 1-10)
Advanced Chi Nei Tsang  – Advanced Chi Nei Tsang, Mantak Chia, Inner Traditions
Healing The Emotional Body – Five Elements, Six Conditions, Gilles Marin, North Atlantic Press

To Host an Unwind The Belly Workshop in Your Area:
Please contact Peter Melnychuk at info@unwindthebelly.ca; or (780) 482-8960

For more info on CNT also see:
Gilles Marin’s CNT Institute Website: http://www.taoisthealingenergetics.org (Berkeley, CA)
Khadro School of Chi Nei Tsang website: http://www.khadrochineitsang.com (Toronto, ON)
Master Mantak Chia’s CNT site: http://www.chi-nei-tsang-official-site.com (Chiang Mai, Thailand)
Laurelle Johnson’s Website: http://www.heartofthesoul.com (Banff, AB)
CNT Center Website (Andrew Clauer): http://www.cntcenter.com (Madison, WI)