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by Mary Ellen Derwis-Balaz LMT
Originally published in Massage and Carreer guides magazine
Ashland Oregon October 2009
When one first hears the words Chi Nei Tsang a quizzical expression crosses their
face. Chi!! Most of us understand that it is a word that describes the indescribable energy that influences life. What about the rest of it? Literally, Chi Nei Tsang means abdominal
chi massage. This is what I teach.
Chi Nei Tsang is not abdominal massage as most western therapists see it. It is a modality that uses breath, massage, and movement of chi as tools to bring awareness back into the organ systems of the body. You might say what does that have to do with massage? Well may I suggest to you the Taoist Medical Chi Kung perspective that all disease emanates from the disruption of chi. And, one of the most powerful way to physically balance that chi flow is through abdominal manipulation via Chi Nei Tsang.
Our first experience of chi as a human being is from our navel where nourishment, both physical and energetic comes from within our mother’s body. A spiraling out of all tissues begins upon implantation of the egg in the uterine wall. It presents itself within our bodies as a spiraling of tissues. Muscles are not connected nor do they work in a linear fashion. They spiral thus offering flexibility. Taoist medical chi kung practice recognizes this spiraling nature and offers ways to address it through specific manipulations, breathing, and Chi Kung practice.
Chi moves within the fascia. It communicates within the fascia. Fascia covers every cell of the body therefore through it Chi communicates with all body systems including the muscular system. Both smooth, cardiac and skeletal. This being said, Chi Nei Tsang is one of the most effective treatments for sciatica, headaches, back pain as well as constipation, bloating, and stress related disorders.
When one performs a Chi Nei Tsang treatment things begin to happen!
•By the very nature of physical touch detoxification of abdominal contents begins
•Imbalances of visceral structure and congestion of structural patterns release and seek a more healthy position and function within the abdominal cavity
•Unprocessed emotions trapped within the digestive system are attended to. Many psychologists have sought out CNT practitioners as physical support for their clients
•Through massage and breath the client becomes more self aware and now has choices available in lifestyle that they did now know existed.
Chi Nei Tsang abdominal massage gives one the tools to support this process.
Choosing to pursue this modality as a practitioner requires a conscious choice to approach massage therapy through the taoist five element system of fire, water, wood, earth, and metal and the eastern perspective of bodywork.
The classes I teach are based in the teachings of Mantak Chia and Gilles Marin.
There is so much more to learn than I can possibly cover in a short article. Please feel free to contact me for more information!
Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction; healing crisis Jarisch-Herxheimer
reaction, or, Lucio's Phenomena
Also: A healing crisis, or, the "die-off".
An understanding of this pattern is essential to recovery from a severe chronic illness, especially those encouraged by heavy metal toxicity or other severe weakening of the immune system. A sensitive balance must often be maintained between a sufficient and continual attack against and sufficient die off of cell and organ damaging factors, and, the emotional and physical strength of oneself. Too weak and inefficient a
response will lead to death. Too strong a reaction may also
presuppose fatality through physical and/or emotional fatigue
and depression. The limitation of destructive emotions of fear and uncertainty is best addressed with an awareness of what to expect and how to cope with and mediate those expressions. God will help, if you ask with humble sincerity and respond with resolute trust.
Sometimes,it will be difficult to know by how you feel as to
whether you are dying, or improving. Despair and depression
will ensure death through inaction. Guard against them.
The Herxheimer reaction was first described by an Austrian
dermatologist Jarisch Adolf Herxheimer working in Vienna
and Innsbruck in 1895 and shortly after this, confirmed by
his brother Karl Herxheimer also a dermatologist working in Frankfort.
It is a phenomenon that results when there is an intensification of the disease symptoms and often an expansion of
similar symptoms to other places all of a
temporary nature, after which the patient is improved or well. Often it appears to some as if they have the flu. The symptoms of the Herxheimer Reaction can be most severe. Usually die off lasts only a few hours, though it can last several days, and may, in severe cases, be maintained for weeks. These symptoms can discourage not only the ill person, but also the doctor, therapist, or anyone who is in
close relationship to the patient.
The brothers were involved in treating syphilitics. They observed that skin lesions they treated with very toxic heavy metals became larger and inflamed before lessening and healing. They also found that
those cases that responded in this most violent manner healed the best and fastest. A patient could be quite ill for 2-3 days after which the syphilitic lesions
resolved. The Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction (referred to as "Herx" often) is believed to be a reaction caused by organisms (bacteria) dying off and releasing toxins
into the body faster than the body may comfortably handle it. It was originally observed in patients with syphilis who received mercury treatment.
Some immune system compromised or distracted persons will have moderate to severe herxheimer effects from antibiotics that will usually have no effects on normal healthier individuals. It seems to occur when injured or dead bacteria release their products into blood and
tissues, provoking a
sudden and exaggerated inflammatory response - thus the response may be connected to a specific organism being killed off. Many non-antibiotic treatments (glutathione – whey products ) may also produce a herxheimer effect -- whether it is bacteria die off or simply toxin mobilization.
The most common ones include:
nausea, headache, swollen glands, bloating, constipation or diarrhea, increased joint or muscle pain, elevated heart rate,chills,cold extremities, itching, scratching, nail biting,unusual perspiration, fever (usually low grade), hypotension (low blood pressure), Itching, hives and rash (sometimes assumed to be an allergic reaction)
Two common sources: decreasing the blood flow, which allows the toxins to accumulate, or, increasing the die off of parasites. fear, anxiety and worry, hormonal imbalances, enzymes, bromelain, pancreatin, etc., clotting
agents, heavy foods, excessive exercise, tiredness, fatigue, exhaustion, cold temperatures,air pollution, anti-virals, anti-bacterials, anti-fungals,anti-parasitics, chronic illnesses, high doses of vitamins, some forms of chelation treatments
Two common strategies: improving the blood flow to clear the toxins faster (see vascular constriction), or, neutralizing the toxins (or both).antihistamines, relaxation techniques, Enemas, Colemas, Colonics,increase in blood thinning supplements,
flavanoids (widens blood vessels), aerobic oxygen supplementation,
lymphatic massage, anti-inflammatories, bentonite clay, charcoal tablets, diatomaceous earth, pain medication, muscle relaxers, hot baths / hot tub,steam
bath or dry sauna, infrared Hot House treatment,
rid of mutated Candida and restoring the proper balance of healthy flora within one’s digestive system is no easy task. It takes a multifaceted approach to overcome the yeast, promote healthy microorganisms, and watching one's diet to
prevent the yeast from feeding on excessive sugar. The medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil provide nutritional support to overcome the yeast, but if this happens too quickly it can cause a “die-off” effect that is referred to as a Herxheimer reaction, which is the result of the rapid killing of microorganisms and absorption of large quantities of yeast toxins, cell particles, and antigens.Mutated Candida produces 79 toxins according to Vitamin Research Products
Inc journal (3/99Vol.13, #3). Sugar activates candida
metabolism and some of its by-products are neurotoxins such asformaldehyde, alcohol and acetlyaldehyde. One's nervous system can become confused during candida infestation due to specific neurotoxins.
Candida converts the element mercury to methyl mercury which is 100 times more toxic. Mercury chelation might deliver more mercury to the system temporarily allowing the candida-methyl mercury conversion. Mercury is an antibacterial,
yet, in concentrations lower than fatal to humans, bacteria are often encouraged.
Your symptoms may get worse before they improve. Survival: You can do It!
Be in the tao LLc provides this information for your edification and does not presume to be diagnosing or suggesting specific protocols for treatment. Your personal treatment is your decision.
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