Learn To Unwind The Belly with Chi Nei Tsang (Tao Touch)
Chi Nei Tsang (Tao Touch) = 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. Tao Touch is the gentler North American evolution of CNT. Tao Touch pays more attention to calming the nervous system & the emotional body
The three pillars of CNT are breathwork, applied qigong, and beautiful manual technique – all three are addressed in each absorbing workshop. 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.
Universal Healing Tao Basics, 27-28 Oct 2020 (one evening + one day), Edmonton, AB
Chi Nei Tsang (Tao Touch) Fundamentals
Each day we begin with the basics of Chi Nei Tsang/ Tao Touch: 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/ Tao Touch Fundamentals, 29 Oct – 01 Nov 2020, (4 days), Edmonton, AB, with Peter TS Melnychuk.
There is no prerequisite for taking the CNT/ Tao Touch Fundamentals, all are welcome; but for Certification Track, the prerequisite is Healing Tao Basics.
Advanced Chi Nei Tsang (Tao Touch)
Advanced Chi Nei Tsang/ Tao Touch is a four day workshop. Days 1 & 2 are focused on Classical Chi Nei Tsang – the most effective old school techniques & protocols still practiced in Asia today. Days 3 & 4 of Advanced CNT dwell on powerful techniques from the contemporary North American style of Chi Nei Tsang.
Our days begin by embodying the five elements with Five Healing Intelligences nei gong. Then we ground ourselves with Earth Relationship qigong, and build our life force from the marrow out with Bone Breathing qigong. The remainder of the days are filled with clear demos and hands-on labs, punctuated by clinical examples, theory, and anatomy. Each student receives an invaluable clinical reference, an illustrated workbook with explanations, space for notes, & step-by-step descriptions of the techniques covered.
Student evaluations for the most recent Advanced Chi Nei Tsang (Tao Touch) workshop (Feb 2019) rated it as follows (out of 10):
- Workshop Content 10.0/10 “very detailed & concise”
- Instructor’s Delivery of Material 10.0/10 “I liked it all, the demos are awesome & it is presented so you can remember & go back & look it up”
- Workbook 9.8/10 “neat & orderly”, “each page provided so much”
- Cost 9.5/10
Topics and techniques covered include:
Opening the navel
Opening the front line
Opening the bagua – all in the classical style
The five lower burner points
Make space for Earth & Wood – while freeing the diaphragm
Chasing the wind that causes headaches
Chasing the wind that attacks the gall bladder meridian and causes TMJ
Chasing the 1st wind – that attacks the liver, pericardium, & heart
Chasing the 9th wind – that makes the legs and feet tired
How to optimize the water organs – the kidneys and bladder
Optimizing yang fire – the small intestine
Two methods to release the psoas muscles
Chinese Medicine 24 hour body clock
Balance each of the twelve meridians with applied qigong
A protocol to overcome hiatal hernia, acid reflux, & GERD
How to mirror & relax the nerves of the spine
How to relax the vagus nerve, & 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 (Tao Touch), dates TBD 2021 (Thurs thru Sun, 4 days), in Edmonton, AB, with Peter TS Melnychuk.
Healing The Emotional Body with Chi Nei Tsang (Tao Touch)
Healing The Emotional Body with CNT (Tao Touch) 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. Don’t miss this workshop – this is the first time it will be offered since 2010! In this workshop we learn:
the Denial system – the Emotional Guardian of our body
the 5 Healing Intelligences
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 (Tao Touch) Fundamentals workshop is the prerequisite for Healing the Emotional Body with CNT (Tao Touch)
Dates 02-07 February 2021, (a retreat, one evening + 4.5 days), in Edmonton, AB, with Peter TS Melnychuk
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.
Visceral Anatomy, dates 18-19 July 2020, (2 days), in Edmonton, AB, with Peter TS Melnychuk
Visceral Anatomy, dates 16-18 Apr 2021, (1 evening, 2 days), in Edmonton, AB, with Peter TS Melnychuk
Visceral Anatomy: an East/ West Perspective
18-19 July 2020 (2 days, Sat-Sun), Edmonton, AB
Regular price $395.00 (incl GST)
Early Bird Price: $355.00 (paid by 22 June 2020, incl GST)
Regular Review Price: $275.00 (incl GST)
Early Bird Review Price: $250.00 (paid by 22 June 2020, incl GST)
Early bird discount deadline is 22 June 2020; no deposits accepted. There are no prerequisites for this class. To qualify for the review prices you must have taken the same workshop with Peter previously. All prices subject to change without notice
27 Oct – 01 Nov 2020, Edmonton, AB (for 2 workshops – 1 evening + 5 days)
Regular price $850.00 (incl GST)
Early Bird Price: $750.00 (Paid by 30 Sept 2020, incl GST )
Regular Review Price: $550.00 (incl GST)
Early Bird Review Price: $500.00 (Paid by 30 Sept 2020, incl GST)
Early bird deadline is 30 Sept 2020; 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.
Chi Nei Tsang (Tao Touch) Fundamentals
29 Oct – 01 Nov 2020, (4 days), Edmonton, AB
Regular price $750.00 (incl GST)
Early Bird Price: $675.00 (paid by 30 Sept 2020, incl GST )
Regular Review Price: $490.00 (incl GST)
Early Bird Review Price: $450.00 (paid by 30 Sept 2020, incl GST)
Early bird deadline is 30 Sept 2020, 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
Healing The Emotional Body With Chi Nei Tsang (Tao Touch)
02-07 Feb 2021 (1 evening + 4.5 days, a retreat), Edmonton, AB
Regular price $1275.00 (including on site single room for 5 nights, catered meals, + GST)
Early Bird Price: $1200.00 (including on site single room for 5 nights, catered meals, + GST, paid by 05 Jan 2021)
Early bird deadline is 05 Jan 2021, no deposits accepted. The prerequisite for this class is CNT/ Tao Touch Fundamentals. All prices subject to change without notice.
Visceral Anatomy: An East/West Perspective
20-21 Apr 2021 (1 evening, 2 days, Fri-Sat-Sun), Edmonton, AB
Regular price $440.00 (incl GST)
Early Bird Price: $390.00 (paid by 20 Mar 2021, incl GST)
Regular Review Price: $305.00 (incl GST)
Early Bird Review Price: $275.00 (paid by 20 Mar 2021, incl GST)
Early bird discount deadline is 23 May 2020; no deposits accepted. There are no prerequisites for this class. 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/ Tao Touch (Classic CNT + Balancing Meridians + Fire & Water Organs)
dates TBD 2021 (4 days, Thursday – Sunday)
Regular Price: $800.00
Early Bird Price: $725.00 (Paid 28 days before class, incl GST)
Regular Review Price: $510.00 (incl GST)
Early Bird Review Price: $470.00 (Paid 28 days before class, incl GST)
Early bird deadline is 28 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.