For those not in the know, Chi Nei Tsang is a form of energy work that incorporates principles of martial arts forms such as Kung Fu and Tai Chi. Its purpose is to correct energy malfunctions in the body, which leads to improved health and spirit. Because Chi Nei Tsang is a non-invasive form of treatment, there is little danger of unwanted side-effects from employing this ancient system.
Master Mantak Chia, who founded the Universal Healing Tao System, has taught perhaps hundreds of thousands of people how to direct the body’s energy for improved health and well-being. In this to-the-point book, he explains through text and illustrations exactly how to direct the ‘winds’ to clear blockages and enhance both physical and mental functions.
Winds are “powerful internal and external energy forces that affect people in positive or negative ways,” Chia explains. He lists and explains winds of nature, winds of creation, and internally generated winds. Of particular interest to any reader is the section on winds generated by food, with instructions for eating the proper foods in the proper amounts for ideal fermentation, acidity and alkalinity, and overall health.
This new offering from Mantak Chia addresses the advanced level of methods for assisting students “with chronic and acute challenges in internal tissues, organs, and energy systems, improving and restoring their health.” As always with instructional material of this sort, one should consult an expert in the field. Chia states several times that his book is not a substitute for professional care, and the wise reader will use caution before employing any of the methods presented here.
For those who are already trained in body work modalities, Advanced Chi Nei Tsang will be a fine addition to the battery of skills you already possess. Here you will learn basic CNT techniques such as working with pressure points and ‘Chasing the Winds.’ Chia also includes helpful advice for grounding the student (or patient) and guidance for using the Six Healing Sounds.
Much attention is given to individual ailments, their root causes, and methods for adjustment. The first wind, for example, is said to attack the liver and heart; the ninth wind causes tiredness in the legs and feet. Specific points are explained, as are the methods for releasing blockages in each of twelve areas. Chia then finishes off with CNT techniques for specific ailments such as arthritis and constipation.
As with all his books, Mantak Chia shows respect for the tradition of Chi Nei Tsang as well as for the reader. There is no sense of hucksterism here; Advanced Chi Nei Tsang is a purely informative volume that clarifies much of the misunderstanding of energy systems and directs the reader to a new experience of healing.