Chi Nei Tsang abdominal massage in Chiang Mai

Last edited: May 24, 2022 at 04:38:44

Chi Nei Tsang is an ancient Chinese healing massage system essentially aiming at healing the internal organs. Since most of our internal organs our located in the belly area, it is often mistakenly referred to as 'stomach massage' in Thai (นวดท้อง) but we also have organs behind the ribs, so the proper way to referring to the area of the body would be abdominal massage.

Chi Nei Tsang 气内脏 in Chinese literally means life energy of the internal organs. Chi or Qi 气 means energy and in Chinese health sciences and practice (Traditional Chinese Medicine, TCM) it refers to our life energy.
Nei Tsang 内脏 are the internal organs, such as intestines, liver, kidney, bladder in the belly area and so on but also the heart and longs in the rib case.

Chi Nei Tsang is a sophisticated system that heals the energy of the internal organs.


In many Asian healing traditions, energy or life energy is the main concept to work with in the body (and mind, as they are usually holistic). If the flow of energy is blocked or if the energy balance in your body is disturbed, illness may occur. In contrast to Western medicine, which focuses much more on abating pathogens, many Asian healing traditions accept pathogens as a given and instead focus on maintaining health balance so that they can't win over us.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the organs play a crucial role in our health. If the balance of energy between organs is disturbed, that may create problems, a Chinese traditional doctor can assess that from feeling your pulse with 2 fingers.

The abdomen is a special area because it stores so many of our internal organs. It is often overlooked in many health practices (including standard Thai massage) which typically focus on muscles and nerves or energy lines elsewhere in the body.

What is so interesting about the organs is that they can store our emotions when we don't properly process them. For example, anger and worry can be stored in the liver which then becomes hard. The energy flow of the liver is then not entirely free anymore but instead remains locked. If that continues for long or to a too large extent, it may create illness related to the liver. In similar way, the kidneys, spleen, large and small intestines, the lungs and the heart may all store a certain type of unprocessed emotions. On a physical level, this may be observed as a knotting of nerves, blood vessels and lymphatic nodes and accumulation of toxins. On an emotional and energetic level, it is the storage of unprocessed emotions.

It is therefore essential to free up the locked energy in our organs, either through Chi Nei Tsang or some other kind of therapy.

It's for this reason that the belly is often called our 'second brain' because it has an awareness of its own. In the West, essentially we also know the power of the organs because we speak of gut feeling, a broken heart and so on. We just haven't systematized all these emotions in their relation with the organs and we haven't developed explicit healing methods for the organs but instead we take Prozac or other medicine to suppress the symptoms.

Chi Nei Tsang in Chiang Mai
How unprocessed emotions can be stored in the organs


Through careful and expert touch the organs in the abdomen can be massaged and stress can be relieved and the natural flow of energy can be restored.

Chi Nei Tsang can contribute to the healing of many conditions, such as digestive problems such as indigestion, constipation and bloating and irritable bowel syndrome, postural problems, muscle tension, chronic back pain, even pain in neck and shoulders and misalignment of the feet, legs and pelvis.

On an emotional level, this may be observed as a clearance of emotions. Some people cry during their Chi Nei Tsang session. That's only good, let it go.

Other observable benefits both on an energetic, emotional and on a physical level could be: energizing of the body, emotional release, easing of anxiety, stress and depression, improvement of the lymphatic system, and removal of toxins, relieving menstruation problems and urinary issues, as well as infertility and impotency.


Although Chi Nei Tsang originated in Traditional Chinese Medicine, it was adopted in Thailand and to some extent blended in with some Thai massage practices. Chi Nei Tsang is an excellent base for Karsai Thai genital massage, for example, also named Karsai Nei Tsang.

Many people link Chi Nei Tsang with Mantak Chia's Healing Tao and Tao Garden. It is true that Mantak Chia has been a very successful protagonist in spreading Chi Nei Tsang as well as many other health systems, but it would go to far to say that he is the sole inventor. The great benefit of Mantak Chia's Healing Tao is that it systematized a lot of knowledge and practice in health traditions both from China and Thailand and spread it out to the world.


There are various Chi Nei Tsang practitioners in Chiang Mai and most of them are at least influenced by the system of Healing Tao, which gives them a good base of techniques.

If you want a solid Chi Nei Tsang treatment purely aimed at healing issues deals with issues of your organs, you could book a session with khru Ong or khru Ooh at Ong Massage School. Both have more than 15 years of experience in working with Chi Nei Tsang and when you walk out the door, for sure some of your organs will feel more relaxed.
Other examples of serious Chi Nei Tsang practitioners are Omsala and Remco in Blue Garden Yoga.

If you think you will benefit from the therapy aspect of Chi Nei Tsang but you want to combine it with some more pleasure after that, you could try some of the more experimental businesses in town such as Senz~ Diva or All about Touch massage. Both shops provide solid Chi Nei Tsang treatments and offer interesting combinations with Karsai, sensual massage or even Lingam massage afterwards.


Please do not eat anything at least 2 hours before the treatment.

People with the following conditions should not receive Chi Nei Tsang:

  • older age (depends on health condition)
  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol
  • cancer
  • heart problems, pacemaker
  • diabetes
  • within 1 year after operation
  • women in the menstrual cycle
  • pregnant women
  • women with intrauterine device (IUD)


Chi Nei Tsang is written as 气内脏 in simplified Chinese with phonetics in pinyin as「qìnèizàng」. In traditional Chinese it is written as 氣內臟. Chi 气 is the same Chi as in Chi Gong 气功 (traditional Chinese: 氣功), which is better known for it's meditative movements. This life energy Chi is the same as in Reiki 霊気, a Japanese healing method using hands too.
Contrary to what it may seem, the word Chi life energy is not used in Tai Chi Chuan 太極拳, but of course the concept of life energy is central in this practice too.

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