Posts Tagged ‘Chi Nei Tsang Abdominal Massage’

Looking After Others Means Looking After Yourself

Saturday, October 17th, 2015

One of the challenging things in life is when we start to get older and family or close friends start to receive diagnosis of their health. Yes, I’m talking cancer in the family. It’s one of the most challenging things one goes through when loved ones start to show symptoms, go through treatment with drastic side effects and with the looming query of: what’s going to happen next?

The overwhelming sense that one can’t really do much, the underwhelm of not being able to do much except comfort the person which is really hard to do when we’re rundown, exhausted, worried and busy with normal life. So what can we do apart from cook dinners?

You can look after yourself. Yes, it is one of the best things you can do as a support person to someone and don’t feel guilty about good health! When you’re rocking the sense of wellbeing:

  • it is a natural pick-me-up for others
  • you have more energy to do support jobs i.e. driving to appointments, cooking and preparing food, changing bed sheets, helping shower
  • it’s easier to maintain positive, non-judgemental and a calming vibe
  • you become more emotionally resilient
  • and are more able to enjoy more moments along the way

Let’s break it down:

Maintaining a sense of personal balance and wellbeing actually means:

  • maintaining good sleep wherever possible. Sleep is necessary for the body to replenish stores and do minor repairs around the body from the day.
  • Maintaining a balance of hormones. Why is this so important? Hormones are the bodies messengers to tell parts of the body to do things. Yes, reproduction is a result from hormones but they also have a great effect on keeping us calm, awake, good focus, active with energy and even sleep when it’s bed time. If one is over used then it’s eventually like a game of domino’s, but not quite as fun.
  • Maintaining good energy means everything becomes easier! Doom and gloom isn’t an overbearing sense but more a sense of acceptance and you are more likely to make more good moments.
  • Having good energy means eating good food and often. Food is our fuel therefore there is some truth to “You are what you eat”. Good energy means having enough energy to make breakfast lunch and dinner for yourself and whoever else you need to. When we’re busy, stressed and overwhelmed one of the first things to go out the window is dinner and/or breakfast. This is effectively not putting good fuel in the engine and expecting it to do a Formula 1 race every day. The maths just doesn’t add up, does it? Preparing good nutritious food is paramount and may take a bit of organising but should be a priority on your to-do list.
  • Taking care of any aches, pains and health issues of your own so when you’re with your loved one you can be as present and focussed with them as possible.

So we’ve talked benefits, now the big question is: how?

I’m a Naturopath and Kinesiologist so I’m going to say naturopathy and kinesiology works wonders! So I will go through some benefits however if your thing is massage do that. And do it regularly!

I love naturopathy as essentially it’s utilising herbs, nutrients, food as medicine, flower essences and even appropriate homeopathics to support and maintain wellbeing. For example often stress and energy are big ones that need support as they can unwind everything else. There are some fantastic herbs called adaptogens that help support energy levels whilst calming the nerves. Herbs can cater specifically for your personal health requirements whether it be stress, energy, pain and inflammation or digestion. They can make day to day life easier!

Whereas Kinesiology can essential give an indication of where the stress is affecting your body, how to balance it and what herbs, nutrients, foods or other remedies are the priority to maintain wellbeing and balance J

Other fantastic modalities that can be used alongside or instead of are:

  • Massage – If you have aches and pains and respond well to massage book one in regularly. A one off is nice, but an ongoing weekly or fortnightly massage works wonders for stress and energy management long term.
  • Reflexology – via pressure points on the feet this modality also works on rebalancing energy systems (and organs). Plus you get to lie down for one hour and totally relax into an amazing foot rub!
  • Chi Nei Tsang – this is a particular massage style for your belly. It is really good for digestion as when we are stressed, busy and tired our digestion often takes the brunt of it all and starts to not work as well. And what does digestion do? It processes our fuel (i.e. food) so we can use it efficiently. Therefore digestion is really important.

Some people like to mix it up, that is naturopathy/kinesiology every three weeks to keep on top of things and in between a massage, reflexology or chi nei tsang. It’s whatever works for you!

Importance of Balance in our lives

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

Achieving balance is something we discuss often at New Leaf Natural Therapies.  So many of the issues our client’s struggle with, be it physical, emotional and mental are related to their lives, bodies and feelings, being destabilized.  The word “disease” is a literal translation to the state of being that the body is in “dis – ease”, and ailments and illnesses can originate from the mind, body, spirit being out of balance.  All of the services we provide are working towards helping our clients find health, harmony and balance in their lives.

 I found the following article by Jasmine Tanjeloff a psychotherapist that gives some simple steps to start to bring grounding and balance into your life.

 “Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.” ~Thomas Merton

To start, what does it mean to be balanced?

To me, it means that you have a handle on all the various elements in your life and don’t feel that your heart or mind is being pulled too hard in any direction. More often than not, you feel calm, grounded, clear-headed, and motivated.

How do you find your balance?

The elements in life that require the most balancing can be divided into two categories: internal and external. Oftentimes, people focus on one more than the other.

For example, you may find that you focus on external things, like work, relationships, and activities, and that you pay very little attention to what is going on inside your heart and mind.

On the other hand, you may find that you spend so much time being self reflective that you sometimes miss out on the experience of living.

Internal (Mind, Heart, Health)

  • Mind: Challenging yourself intellectually vs. creating opportunities for your mind to rest
  • Heart: Giving love vs. receiving love
  • Health: Eating, drinking, exercising properly vs. resting and treating yourself to some extra yummies

External (Work, Social, Family, Fun)

  • Work: Pushing yourself to achieve goals vs. seeing the bigger picture and enjoying the ride
  • Social: Satisfying your social desires vs. taking time for yourself
  • Family: Fulfilling your familial responsibilities vs. creating healthy boundaries
  • Fun: Allocating time for things you enjoy doing vs. making sure you don’t overdo it

As you can see, both ends of each spectrum are actually positive; but if either side is taken to an extreme, something that is intended to be positive can end up being detrimental.

 If you feel pulled in any one direction and uneasy about it, these steps may help you get your life aligned:

1. Acknowledge. – Take some time to really look at your life, your state of mind, and how you’re feeling. Be honest with yourself and notice the areas of your life that you’re neglecting.

2. Examine. – Notice if you’re leaning more toward an internal or external focus, or if there are areas within each category that you would like to be more balanced.

3. Set Goals. – Look at the outline to help you decide which ways you want to balance your life. Make a list.

4. Plan Tasks. – Make a list of daily, weekly, and monthly tasks that you will need to do to achieve each of these goals. What have you tried in the past? Did it work? If not, what can you do differently?

5. Reflect. – What is the most important thing you’ve accomplished in the past? How did you stay focused toward this goal? How did you handle your fears, doubts, anxieties, worries, and negative self-talk? How does it feel to know that you accomplished the goal in spite of these parts of yourself?

6. Prepare. – What is your inner “stuff” that will try to keep you from sticking to your plan (fears, worries, doubts, negative self-talk)? Can you specify the things you will say to yourself to push you off track? (For example: “Just one more bite, I’ll start eating better tomorrow”) Make a list.

7. Empower. – What do you need to remember in those times? What are things you can say to that self-sabotaging part of yourself? Be kind to yourself. Balance won’t feel good if you’re cruel to yourself in creating it!

8. Connect. – Is there a person or a tactic you can use to keep yourself supported, motivated, and focused in those hard times? I highly recommend connecting and sharing your inner process with someone. Find someone who can help you challenge your inner demons, and celebrate your little accomplishments.

9. Plan. – Just like accomplishing any goal in life, it takes time and effort to overcome your habitual patterns and create new ones. If you stay on track with this detailed and intentional process for three whole months, then there is a good chance you will create new habits to enjoy a more balanced life going forward!

 Theses nine steps are a great starting point but the support of knowledgeable practitioners is a vital element in finding the answers and moving forward.  Sessions of Kinesiology, Reiki, Reflexology, Chi Nei Tsang/Remedial Massage and Naturopathy can help with self sabotage and survival patterns, reducing stress, nutritional support as well as creating a plan to move forward.

At New Leaf we can offer Kinesiology (Georgia, Madonna), Reiki (Gabby), Reflexology (Carole) as well as Remedial/CNT Massage (Reenee-Jee, Carole) and Naturopathy (Georgia, Madonna) to help you to develop and maintain balance and harmony for your health and wellbeing.

Give Annette a call on 3348 6098 to find out about the specials on offer to get you started or help continue your journey.

All the best

Gabby Graham

Reiki Practitioner/Energy Worker

Chi Nei Tsang –Why it is so beneficial for stress and anxiety

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Chi Nei Tsang works specifically on the abdomen using techniques derived from Chinese massage techniques and theory. The theory around this technique focuses largely on the detoxification of toxic energies or ‘winds’, by massaging the abdomen with specific techniques. But what does this mean and how does it help us? While this is a hard definition to understand, we certainly see wonderful benefits in people receiving this treatment. So how can we understand this in physiological terms?

What a large number of our clients find when receiving this treatment is generally two main effects; in the short term, relaxation and stress relief, and in the longer term, greatly improved digestive function. A lot of our clients also experience greater body awareness, such as better and more aware breathing patterns, and better understanding how certain foods and stresses impact their digestive function. These are invaluable tools on the path to self care. This is our ultimate goal – to help others find the tools they need to take charge of their own health. That’s why we love Chi Nei Tsang!

As a practitioner of this technique I have been searching for the ‘why’ of this – these benefits, what is actually happening in the body when they occur? Why is this seemingly simple technique so beneficial? Through further reading and clinical practice, this is what I come to understand:

Chi Nei Tsang is working on the enteric nervous system, or the so-called ‘second brain’ or ‘gut brain’. This system is becoming increasingly recognised as closely linked to the actual brain, and that the two systems interact and influence each other. It’s also working on the diaphragm, reducing tension in this important muscle.

The Second Brain

While the enteric nervous system cannot think or process the way our actual brain can, it is responsible for a large portion of our neurotransmitter production, including about 95% of the body’s production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that is involved in the regulation of mood, appetite, and sleep. Serotonin also has some cognitive functions, including memory and learning, and is generally considered our ‘feel good’ hormone. Many anti-depressant or anti-anxiety hormones work by sparing the amount of serotonin that is broken down by the body. The main two factors that affect the production of neurotransmitters in the gut are stress and nutrition. Simply put, if we eat poorly and don’t relax, both our gut and our brain suffer. With Nutritional guidance and Chi Nei Tsang, we can change our brain chemistry for the better.  

The diaphragm and breathing

The diaphragm is a key muscle for the function of breathing, and needs to be used properly for deep breathing to occur. When the diaphragm is tense or not used effectively, shallow chest breathing results. This is an issue for us because our breathing pattern predisposes us to either relaxation or to the stress response, depending on how it is that we breathe and how we use the diaphragm.

Deep, abdominal diaphragmatic breathing puts the nervous system in parasympathetic mode, which could be called our ‘tend and befriend’ mode – where the body is calms, regulates its functions better and heals better. When we breathe in the chest and use the diaphragm poorly, we increase the sympathetic response, the stress response. Chest breathing predisposes us towards anxiety and stress. For susceptible people, proper breathing can make a huge difference to quality of life in terms of managing anxiety and stress. Chi Nei Tsang helps to release tension in the diaphragm and in the process of the treatment we teach proper breathing patterns.  It is however not easy to breathe deeply when the digestive system is in distress. This is why Chi Nei Tsang helps so much – by working on both the diaphragm and on releasing tension from the digestive system, we optimise breathing and calm the ‘second brain’.

When treating our clients with Chi Nei Tsang, we learn a lot about how the body manifests and unravels the effects of stress and improper breathing. We’ve seen severe menstrual pain disappear, and chronic back pain resolve. Of course, digestive issues improve significantly with this treatment, as well as anxiety, energy levels and overall sense of wellbeing.

For further questions or to book an appointment, please contact us!

 New Leaf Natural Therapies

3348 6098

Human Microbiome: how much of us is actually human?

Friday, June 28th, 2013

We live with bugs – let’s look after them!!

Recent genetic screening studies have astounded us by identifying that only around 10% of the cells in the body are actually human.  The rest of these cells make up the human microbiome; that is, the sum of bacteria, fungi and parasites living on us and inside us.

Some of the well-known sites of colonisation are the skin, lung, mouth, and of course, the gastrointestinal tract.  However, microbes have also been found in new places, including within the endothelium of our arteries, contained in atherosclerotic plaques; within the joint fluid of rheumatoid arthritis patients; and within the neurons of those with Alzheimer’s Disease.

It must be emphasised, however, that a microbial presence in the body is both unavoidable and essential.  We have co-evolved with microbes and are dependent upon their presence to regulate our immune system, protect our skin and mucosa, digest our food and produce nutrients and assist in the metabolism of toxins.  Sterilising the body is by no means the aim in treating infection.

Our aim at New Leaf is to create balance.  With a unique combination of Naturopathy & Chi Nei Tsang Abdominal Massage; Kinesiology to find out if the infections/microbiome is out of balance/ infrared saunas and frequency specific microcurrent we get great results.  It takes time and energy to rebalance the organisms in our body.

Madonna Guy ND
Naturopath & Kinesiologist
New Leaf Natural Therapies

We’d like to (re)introduce ourselves!

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Our team has changed dramatically over the past 12 months, and we have a wonderful team of diverse and highly skilled practitioners whom we’d like to introduce here;

– Our team is led by Madonna, a fantastic Naturopath and Kinesiologist with over 20 years’ experience treating a huge range of conditions.

Norm has been with us for several years and is a Kinesiologist with many years’ experience, specialising in the LEAP and NOT systems. Norm sees many children in the clinic with great success with learning and brain integration issues. He treats adults as well and integrates Nutrition and Kinesiology.  The NOT Process is about structural alignment – great for people with long-term pain and inflammatory conditions, scoliosis, jaw and hip problems, lack of concentration, poor immunity and poor digestive function, endocrine disorders such as thyroid and menstrual problems and so much more.

Kat is a Musculoskeletal Therapist and Kinesiologist with a unique ability, tapping into the emotional and spiritual aspects of the body through kinesiology, and supporting multidimensional wellness.  Kat is also a live blood practitioner, and often combines live blood screenings, followed by a kinesiology session to ‘balance’ what has been found in the blood and w0rks out what is important nutritionally for the client.

Gabby is our original New Leaf team member and our most recent practitioner addition! Gabby combines her gift of Intuitive Healing with Counselling Kinesiology to support emotional healing and balance.

Reenee-Jee is a skilled massage therapist, easing tensions and stress through remedial massage, hot stone therapy, and luxurious facials with the high performance, natural facial products from Arbonne.

We work as a cohesive, co-ordinated team, combining our skills to create truly integrated natural health care.  The list of conditions we are able to address are endless!

Chronic Infection causes Chronic Disease

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Chronic Infection causes Chronic Disease:  since about 90% of the cells in our bodies are ‘bugs’ – parasites, bacteria, fungus, cancer – and the ‘particles’ of all of the above, it’s important to keep them working ‘for us’ instead of working ‘against us’.  Most disease, especially those of auto-immune conditions – are the ‘bugs’ definitely working against us.

It has commonly been said that the era of pathogen-induced infectious disease which plagued previous generations has passed, to be replaced instead with the era of lifestyle-induced chronic disease.  It may be, however, that the two are inextricably linked.  Instead of acute, ravaging infections which result in severe organ damage or death, it seems the more common type of infections today are simmering, low grade ones that promote inflammation, cause oxidative stress, damage mitochondria and, ultimately, drive chronic disease.

This relationship between low grade microbial infection and chronic disease was first identified in the 1950’s with the discovery of viruses as drivers of carcinogenesis, such as hepatitis B in liver cancer and human papilloma virus in cervical cancer.  Since that time, links have been made with infectious causes in conditions as varied as arthritis, Alzheimer’s Disease, gastric ulcers, chronic fatigue syndrome, autism, obesity and even cardiovascular disease.

80% of infections cannot be found in medical tests.  We use a combination of live blood screenings, urine tests, kinesiology testing and Chi Nei Tsang Abdominal Massage to discover where infections may be lurking in your body.

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HCG Rapid Weight Loss: Safe, Easy, Effective, PROVEN!!!

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

HCG:  the safest, fastest, easiest way that we’ve ever found to lose weight IF it’s done properly.  Without detoxification, balancing hormones, HCG can make people a toxic and emotional mess.  At New Leaf, we use a combination with natural therapies which:

*  detoxification supplements which detox fat and blood and toxins are being released (hugely important to stop rebound weight issues)

*  do VLA Bio-impedance Screenings so that you KNOW what is going on in your body – fat mass, muscle mass, inflammation, toxicity, metabolism.  One of the worst things about weight loss is hitting those ‘stalls’.  With VLA Bio-impedance Screenings, we can see if it’s because you’re gaining muscle mass, getting more hydrated, releasing toxins and storing fluid to dilute them…  All of which gives you the information you need in order to stay focussed, positive and switched on.  Most naturopaths do not have our experience in dissecting this information for you – and don’t know what to do specifically on HCG.  We’re HCG specialists at New Leaf!

*  balance blood sugar:  some people need extra support.  If blood sugar isn’t balanced we can feel hungry (or starving), have highs and lows of energy, poor sleep/insomnia, and feel stressed.

*  break down scar tissue in the abdomen:  With Chi Nei Tsang Abdominal Massage we can ensure your organs through the abdomen (liver, gall bladder, kidneys, adrenals, reproductive organs, bowels, bladder, spleen, pancreas, lungs) are functioning properly.  Amazing treatment protocol that improved function of all of these major organs in your body.

*  kinesiology for self sabotage (ever experienced that with weight issues??!!).  Put on weight, sabotage your whole day?  Can’t stop eating once you start?  Let’s start working on those self-beliefs that don’t serve you for your goals:  “I’m not worth it”  “I can’t do it”  “I can’t do it without support”  “It’s too hard making two meals at night time”.  If you think about sabotage, they’re generally just thoughts that don’t serve us and don’t help us to move forwards in life.

HCG Specialists.  New Leaf Natural Therapies.

Call us and ask about our HCG Get Started Special.
3348 6098

Health issues and don’t know why? Is it leaky gut?!

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

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Detoxification Processes – It’s our specialty!

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Detoxification Processes at New Leaf – we have so much to offer!

*  Raindrop Aromatherapy – relaxes and rejuvenates the nerves through the power of essential oils – can stimulate immune and detox pathways as well… Pain hormones are often lowered and feel-good hormones are increased!

*  Frequency Specific Microcurrent – can target specific medication toxins, heavy metals, vaccine toxins, stress hormones and support release through the organs of detoxification

*  Chi Nei Tsang Abdominal Massage – stimulates organ detoxification through the digestive tract – stimulates release of toxins through the liver, kidneys, small and large intestines, spleen, gall bladder

*  Lymphatic Drainage/Remedial Massage – did you know that massage moves the lymph, moves acids from the muscles, increases serotonin and dopamine and increases the depth of sleep

*  Kinesiology:  can stimulate effect functioning of all our body’s major organs…  it can find emotional stressors, physical stressors, old toxins that can be jamming your body’s systems of detoxification and halting healing processes

*  Herbal and Nutritional supplements – so many things help us defoxify.  We are constantly learning about new supplements, products, effects of everything we do.

Need some detoxification?  Feeling tired and rundown?

3348 6098
Madonna Guy ND
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New Leaf now provides Chi Nei Tsang Abdominal Massage – read on!

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Chi Nei Tsang (Abdominal Massage) available at New Leaf Natural Therapies

What is Chi Nei Tsang?

Energetically – who knows the cause of sickness?  Where does internal pain, issues with our major organs such as the liver and kidneys, the stomach, small intestines, large intestines come from?  Naturopathically, it has always been taught that step one for any long-term health problem has been to cleanse the body’s filters – the digestive tract, the liver, the immune system/lymphatic systems and the kidneys.  Congestion in any of these areas can cause poor energy, poor circulation and poor detoxification of any of these systems.

In Chinese medicine it has always been taught that blocked energy starts this toxicity building up – Chi Nei Tsang helps with both – it starts to move the inflammation, the toxicity and the energy blockages that are stopping blood, lymphatic flow and nutrient absorption throughout our major organs.

Have you ever felt ‘knots’ in your stomach, tightness under the ribs, described this to your therapist who simply prescribed antacids or digestive enzymes?  These is so much more to health than that…and the last thing you want is to suppress symptoms which may come back to haunt you down the track.

Our Foundations of Health programme is a nine month detoxification process which starts the body healing as our filters start to clear.  It is a long process (quick and dirty detoxes rarely make lasting change) to health for some people.

I found this fabulous description on Chi Nei Tsang from http://radiantliving.com/chi-nei-tsang-abdominal-massage/ in the U.S. and it describes energy and the abdomen and how it relates to our health, our wellbeing, our stressors, our operations and medications…

“The Taoist sages of ancient China observed that humans often develop energy blockages in their internal organs that result in knots and tangles in their abdomens. These obstructions occur at the center of the body’s vital functions and constrict the flow of Chi (energy), our life-force. The negative emotions of fear, anger, anxiety, depression, and worry cause the most damage. Problems can also be caused by overwork, stress, accidents, surgery, drugs, toxins, poor food, and bad posture.

Through meditative practices the sages learned to look within themselves. They discovered the internal organs connect with the Five Forces of the Universe and provide a link between the human microcosm and the universal macrocosm. The organs contain the essences of the spiritual force of a human being. They also provide the physical lines of force that hold the body together and give it structure.

When obstructed the internal organs store unhealthy energies that can overflow into other bodily systems and surface as negative emotions and sickness. Always in search of an outlet, these negative emotions and toxic energies create a perpetual cycle of negativity and stress. (Fig. 1) If the negative emotions can’t find an outlet, they fester in the organs or move into the abdomen, the body’s “garbage dump.” The abdomen can process some emotional garbage, but more often it can’t keep up with the flow. The energetic center of the body located at the navel becomes congested and cut off from the rest of the body.

Fig. 1 Negative energy cycle leads to knots and tangles in the abdomen.

B. Chi Nei Tsang: A Method to Clear Blocked Energy

Chi, the life-force energy, moves through the body’s internal channels, nervous system, blood vessels, and lymph glands. These systems concentrate and cross paths in the abdomen which acts as their control center. Tensions, worries, and stresses of the day, month, or year accumulate there and are seldom dispersed. ‘These disturbances can cause physical tangling and knotting of the nerves, blood vessels, and lymph nodes. The result is the gradual obstruction of energy circulation.

The ancient Taoists realized that negative emotions cause serious damage to one’s health, impairing both physical and spiritual functions. They understood that each human emotion is an expression of energy and that certain emotions could indicate the negative energy behind many physical ailments. They also identified a specific cycle of relationships between the emotions and the organs. For example, the experience of a “knot” in one’s stomach indicated the presence of worry, the negative emotion that accumulates in the stomach and spleen.
The Taoists discovered that most maladies could be healed once the underlying toxins and negative forces were released from the body. They developed the art of Chi Nei Tsang to recycle and transform negative energies that obstruct the internal organs and cause knots in the abdomen. Chi Nei Tsang clears out the toxins, bad emotions, and excessive heat or heat deficiencies-that cause the organs to dysfunction. (Fig. 2)

 

Fig. 2 Ancient Taoists massaged their abdomens and organs to stay healthy.
C. Chi Nei Tsang: A Complement to other Disciplines”

Makes a little sense doesn’t it?

We complement Chi Nei Tsang with all of the other services we provide in our clinic, in Wynnum Brisbane.

We know that Chi Nei Tsang is very energizing, strengthening, and detoxifying the internal organ systems of our body.  It supports the removal of negative influences and is fantastic for intestinal blockages, cramps, knots, lumps, scarring, headaces, menstrual cramps, poor blood circulation, back pain, infertility, impotence and many other issues.

Imagine avoiding intestinal surgery through an incredibly systematic and thorough treatment process.

For bookings, phone 3348 6098 and chat to Linda, Annette or Gabby to discuss pricing options.

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