Prerequisite:  Completion of Chi Nei Tsang Fundamentals or some basic knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the abdominal organs and experience with abdominal massage.

This class incorporates the Visceral Manipulation technique of balancing the abdominal sphincters or valves with the techniques applied in a Chi Nei Tsang session.

Sphincters, or valves, are transitional areas from one organ to another that regulate the flow of digestive contents. They are highly innervated and have reflexogenic properties. Responding rapidly to information such as psychological stress, the mind uses the sphincters as an outlet to address this stress.

The sphincters have a rotational component, moving clockwise and counterclockwise in the abdomen.  A balanced sphincter will move in both directions, the clockwise movement being more dominant.  According to Jean Pierre Barral, who developed the techniques of Visceral Manipulation, every time a sphincter is in spasm, the counterclockwise movement will be more dominant.  A “frozen sphincter” will have no movement and indicates a higher degree of spasm.  Barral refers to the sphincters as “critical zones” in the body.  Because of their neuroreflexive properties, working with and balancing the rotation of the sphincters will affect the autonomic nervous system, resulting in increased circulation and decreased spasming of the internal organs.

I have found that incorporating the opening of the abdominal valves into my Chi Nei Tsang sessions has yielded even more profound results for my clients.  This prompted me to develop this special topics class for CNT practitioners and practitioners in training.

Note:  This class also contains a practitioner self-care component. Not only will you learn how to open your client's abdominal valves, but your own valves as well.