(abdominal massage)

This massaging technique was developed following Traditional Chinese Medicine’s principles that assert that emotional blockages are physically hosted in our body. 

This means that the way we feel provokes physical pain, so this treatment intends to free our organs from pain and heal us.


Chi Nei Tsang came into being millennia ago in the mountain ranges of Taoist China. It was used by monks in monasteries to help detoxify, strengthen and refine their bodies in order to maintain the high energy required to perform the highest levels of spiritual practices.


Today CNT is Mainly Used for Four Different Reasons:


1 - CNT detoxifies: CNT manipulations help relieve the body of excess stagnation, improving elimination and stimulating the lymphatic and the circulatory systems. CNT also strengthens the immune system and resistance to diseases. In doing so, CNT augments other health care modalities with optimal results. (Clients using CNT before and after surgery recover better and faster.


2 - CNT helps to restructure and strengthen the body: because it addresses the visceral structures and positioning of internal organs, CNT stimulates them to work better and also helps correct the postural problems resulting from visceral imbalances. It releases deep-seated tensions and restores vitality. CNT has been helpful with chronic pains such as back, neck and shoulder pains and problems related to misalignment of the feet, legs and pelvis.


3 - CNT helps practitioners and clients to deal better with their emotional life: all of our unprocessed emotional life is stored in our digestive system waiting to be addressed. Poor emotional digestion is also one of the main reasons for ill health. CNT facilitates the unfolding of emotions and the clarification of our emotional life. This makes it possible for us to evolve and grow in the direction of our better self. CNT has also been successfully used in combination with psychotherapy.


4 - CNT teaches clients to know themselves better: at the Chi Nei Tsang Institute, we believe that we are all responsible for our own health and that healing comes from within. We teach you techniques to improve your breathing as well as fundamental self-help techniques. We also provide: guidance in personalizing your diet and other health-related lifestyle matters, and specific and relevant visualization and meditation practices to further enhance the effect of manual treatments.

What happens is a CNT session?

CNT is an abdominal massage, it will be performed on mattress or massage table, you will be fuly clothed with your abdomen showing and a sarong to cover. It is skin to skin contact.


Kinetic Chain Release (KCR) gently releases tension in key joints in the body using a protocol of specific stretches. This allows your body to release restrictions and return to its natural alignment. Your improved posture helps to re-establish balance and bring a sense of ease back into your everyday movements. This also positively affects other systems in your body systems like your digestion, or nervous system. This is because your body is more relaxed so it can work more harmoniously and effectively.


Is KCR for you?

If you live with mild or chronic pain, on going injuires, if you sit too long at your desk Kinetic Chain Release (KCR) is an excellent way to alleviate or even resolve pain.


Many people have reported finding an improvement after just one, or a short series of treatments. Even if you just have some niggly aches or feel awkwardness in the way you’re moving and want to feel free of the restriction, it’s a fantastic treatment and in addressing the whole body, maintenance sessions can stop tension building up again.

Regular comments from clients include: freer joint movements, more energy, greater comfort and looseness in their body, lighter, taller, calmer and importantly diminished pain levels or complete relief of pain and muscle tension. 

KCR is appropriate for joint or back pain and may also be able to relieve insomnia, anxiety, headaches & migraines, IBS and fibromyalgia. Some athletes also use KCR to enhance athletic performance.


Origins of KCR

Kinetic Chain Release (KCR) is a method that has been devised and personally taught by inspiring Scottish Physiotherapist Hugh Gilbert. 

This is what Hugh has to say about his method:

Kinetic Chain Release (KCR) seeks to unblock, harmonise and balance the physical body and its energies. Therefore our goal is not simply to focus on correcting or compensating for your physical conditions and circumstances, but also to restore and enhance the free flow of the life force within you. It is a tool which should belong to everyone, and one day will.’ – Hugh Gilbert


What happens in a KCR session?

KCR is a series of stretches carried out while you are lying on the massage table. You will be fully clothed other than shoes. KCR is suitable for any age, including children.