2023 Chi Nei Tsang Training Schedule


April 21-23 CNT level 1. Bellingham, WA  21ce

May 1-3.  Chi Nei Tsang level 1. Sedona/Clarkdale, Az. 

May 7-9. Ampuku; CNT level 2.  Sedona/Clarkdale, Az

September 20-22 and 26-28. CNT levels 1 and 2.  Santa Fe, NM

October 19-21  Ampuku; CNT level 2.  Bellingham, WA

21 CE for all 3 day classes with NCBTMB.  19.5 PDA with NCCAOM


Classes at Thera Training in Seattle

June 3,4.  Metal and Wood Elements of Chi Nei Tsang Abdominal Massage  16ce

July 8,9  Earth, Fire and Water Elements of Chi Nei Tsang.  16ce

*It is recommended that you take Both weekends to achieve a full understanding of this hands on healing modality.  



J​oin us in May 2023

Mescal Canyon Retreat Center in Arizona

Clarkdale is 30 minutes from Sedona

Chi Nei Tsang 4 day Fundamentals Retreat

October 26-29, 2022


Join us for four full days at Mescal Canyon Retreat Center in Clarkedale, Arizona


During the retreat we will be offering a complete course in Chi Nei Tsang Fundamentals along with many other Taoist teachings. Learn a new massage modality based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, enjoy daily qigong practice and meditations in a group and discover teachings that will restore your health and inner peace.


Chi Nei Tsang (CNT) is not only a body therapy technique, but a lineage practice involving training in energy cultivation (qigong) and alchemical Taoist meditations to heal the body, mind and spirit.


Our days will begin at 9am with Qigong outside. Back in the classroom we will move consciously through each of the organ systems, learning how to access the knowledge of the body with our hearts and our hands.  Caryn will offer additional special lectures and star practice under the night sky of Arizona.  


We will end the day with Tao Yin; Taoist yoga, specifically designed to open the meridians through stretching and breath work promoting deep and restful sleep. Bring your favorite yoga mat for evening practice


Benefits:

Improved energy and sleep

Improved physical and emotional digestion

Regulation of elimination

Relief from abdominal pain

Shift your metabolism to vibrant health

Self Empowerment over your sense of well being


You will learn:

To identify the location and function of the internal organs Several treatment protocols, including a full body detoxifying routine

Manual and Energetic techniques to improve digestion and alleviate abdominal pain

Introduction to the five elements theory

Qigong and meditation to boost your energy level and harmonize the organs and the emotions

Opening the microcosmic orbit and 6 Healing Sounds Meditation

Tao Yin to open the Meridians


Tuition $675.   Tuition is due in full 30 days prior to the retreat.   This class counts toward Certification as a CNT Practitioner. 

32 CE from NCBTMB for massage therapists. However, you do not need to be a therapist to attend the retreat. Acupuncture practitioners contact me about PDA points.  Beginners Welcome!


To Register contact Caryn Diel at 505 670-3538 or email [email protected]   A registration form is on this website on the classes page. 


Contact Andrea at Mescal Canyon Retreat center to arrange for a room to stay in during the retreat.  928 634-2067.  Make your arrangements soon for an Airbnb in Sedona or Cottonwood, AZ.    The Retreat Center is 5 minutes from Cottonwood and 30 minutes from Sedona.  Meals are not included in the Retreat Tuition but Sedona and Cottonwood offer many restaurants and markets, and there is a communal kitchen on the property.      https://mescalcanyonretreat.com/   


Plan to arrive the night before class. Class is 9am to 8pm Daily.  Bring a sheet for the massage table and your food for lunch and dinner.  Cottonwood is 5 minutes away if you want to go out for lunch and dinner.  


Instructor: Caryn Boyd Diel, founder of White Cloud Institute and Senior Healing Tao Instructor. Author of “The Mountain Path, Taoist Healing with Chi Nei Tsang”, 2019. Caryn has been teaching Chi Nei Tsang classes around the world for 22 years and finds this to be a profound and superior healing modality. 



Mescal Canyon Retreat Center


Chi Nei Tsang levels 1 and 2 are offered here is Sedona/Clarkdale in May 2023.  Take both 3 day courses and receive $100 discount


Chi Nei Tsang level 1


21 CE from NCBTMB     19.5 PDA from NCCAOM


Locations:

The Chrysalis Inn.  Fairhaven, WA   April 21-21, 2023

Mescal Canyon Retreat Center.  Sedona/Clarkdale  May 1-3, 2023

Fort Marcy in Santa Fe, NM.  September 20-22, 2023.


 Fairhaven. view below is from class venue


Instructor: Caryn Boyd Diel has been teaching this unique class since 2000. She has been a certified instructor with NCBTMB since 2000, joined AMTA in 1995 and is a member of WSMTA. In 2014 she was recognized as a Senior Instructor of the Universal Healing Tao in Switzerland by Master Mantak Chia. She enjoys introducing students to this powerful healing modality which is anchored by Traditional Chinese Medicine and follows the ancient Daoist beliefs in the necessity of a healthy body.


Chi Nei Tsang is a wholistic approach to massage therapy with roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Learn basic hands-on techniques to restore health and vitality to the internal organs.


WATCH A CHI NEI TSANG INTRO ON YOUTUBE. CARYN DIEL CHANNEL


This course will cover the history and fundamental principles of Chi Nei Tsang, beginning anatomy & physiology of the internal organs, Taoist meditations and breathing exercises, qigong to increase the flow of chi through your body, and several treatment protocol. You will have a firm foundation in this ancient healing tradition. Techniques are easily incorporated into your existing massage sessions. Benefits all ages, including children.


Benefits of Chi Nei Tsang:

Improved energy and sleep

Improved physical and emotional digestion

Regulation of elimination

Relief from abdominal pain

Improved metabolism for vibrant health

 Self Empowerment over your sense of well being


You will learn:

*To identify the location and function of the internal organs

*Several treatment protocols, including a full body detoxifying routine

*Manual and Energetic techniques to improve digestion and alleviate abdominal pain

*Opening the diaphragm for better breathing

*Introduction to the five elements theory

*Qigong and meditation to boost your energy level and harmonize organs


$475    9-5 daily

21 CE from NCBTMB Live class

19.5 PDA from NCCAOM


Beginners Welcome!

Registration form is on the "classes" page. 

You may use PayPal to pay for class. address is: [email protected] Or use the button below. 

or call 505 670-3538 to use a credit card. Venmo: @Caryn-Diel


Instructor Caryn Boyd Diel has been teaching CNT for 22 years. Her book, "The Mountain Path" explains the history of this healing art and gives students guidance on how to offer a Chi Nei Tsang session.


Please bring a massage table, sheets, bolster. No oil is used in this class.  


*See article at the bottom of this page about the history of Abdominal Massage from China 

Mescal Canyon Retreat center near Sedona

This is our outdoor Qigong practice space and star watching platform at Mescal Canyon Retreat center.  

5 one day classes taught by the organs' associated Element

June 3,4  2023.  Seattle

July 8,9  2023.  Seattle

Register with TheraTraining.com  


Chi Nei Tsang; Taoist abdominal massage designed to provide deep healing by working directly on internal restrictions and energy blocks. Literally meaning, “internal organ chi transformation” or “changing the energy in the viscera”, Chi Nei Tsang promotes physical, mental and emotional well being.

The historical roots of CNT are lost in the mist of time, however this treatment is now found on the menu of many leading spas around the world. Science has now caught up to how gut health affects overall health.


Chi Nei Tsang works mainly on the abdomen, training the organs to work more efficiently. Treatments affect all the vital systems of the body; digestive, respiratory, lymphatic, nervous, endocrine, urinary, reproductive, fascial and muscular.


Chi Nei Tsang treatments can assist the body to detoxify and relieves the body of excess stagnation. Treatments also improve elimination and stimulate the lymphatic and circulatory system. This strengthens the immune system and resistance to diseases.


Chi Nei Tsang helps to restructure and strengthen the body by working on the fascia and viscera, which allows more freedom of movement for internal organs. This stimulates the organs to work better and helps to correct postural problems resulting from visceral imbalances, releasing deep seated tensions restores vitality.


About this series of classes

This Chi Nei Tsang series offers 4 unique eight hour classes. Students will learn basic hands-on techniques to restore health and vitality to the organs represented by a specific Element each day. Metal, Wood, Earth, Fire and Water.


Each course will present the history and fundamental principles of Chi Nei Tsang, cover beginning anatomy and physiology of the internal organs from and Eastern and a Western perspective. Each class will feature one organ system and it's treatment techniques.


At the end of these 4 classes students will be able to offer a simple CNT treatment which addresses the specific organ system and benefits all ages, including children. Students will also learn a self care treatment. *It is recommended that you take Both weekends to have achieve an understanding of Chi Nei Tsang healing. This is a good review for students who have taken CNT classes with Caryn in the past.


Suggested reading “The Mountain Path, Taoist Healing with Chi Nei Tsang” by Caryn Boyd Diel


Classroom at Mescal Canyon Retreat

The Classroom at Mescal Canyon Retreat center is spacious and light.  Floors are heated and there is ample space for up to 18 students with massage tables.  Contact me if you plan to stay at the retreat center.  There are 2 Air BnB rooms available.  

Chi Nei Tsang level 2

Ampuku; Meridian Therapy


May 7-9, 2023   Sedona/Clarkdale, Arizona  

$475 for 21 CE from NCBTMB and 19.5 PDA from NCCAOM 

Take both CNT 1 and 2 in Sedona and receive $100 discount.


September 26-28, 2023.  Santa Fe, NM

Take both CNT 1 and 2 in Santa Fe and receive a $100 discount


October 19-21, 2023   Bellingham, WA 


$475 tuition.  21 CE from NCBTMB and 19.5 PDA from NCCAOM


Review and expand on the CNT 1 curriculum. Learn about the history and development of Chi Nei Tsang and Ampuku as a healing modality and its migration through in Asia. Ampuku, sometimes referred to as Abdominal Acupressure is an ancient practice from Japan that preceeded Shiatsu. 


Explore the breathing process, diaphragm, internal patterns of tension and chi flow, and the resulting mis-alignments of the posture.

Understand how posture affects organ health and learn to access and identify where fascial stress is inhibiting movement in the body.

Learn treatments to purge stagnant energy from the body by “chasing the winds” through the meridians of the arms, legs, head and chest.

We will look at the ancient roots of "Ampuku" as is was practiced hundreds of years ago and use similar techniques and hand positions


Enjoy the benefits of Bone Breathing Qigong to prevent osteoporosis and Swimming Dragon for the spine.

We will be using herbal poultices in our treatments, and discussing the actions of Asian and local herbs.


Bring the modern day problem of carpal tunnel into line with a treatment adapted from Asian body therapies.

Understand how to reposition the Uterus, Bladder and Prostate for better health and chi flow.

Learn a psoas release technique and advanced techniques.

Tao Yin stretches and guided movement awareness for releasing pelvic tensions that cause pain.


Introduction to sending external chi healing using sound and color ("cosmic healing")

We will practice several CNT 2 treatment protocol for chasing the winds adapted to the needs of the client.


Learn how the sacred geometry of the I Ching Bagua has been used historically in healing sessions.



Pre requisite is CNT level 1

to register email: [email protected]

Pay Pal button below.  or venmo  @Caryn-Diel

or call 505 670-3538 to use a credit card.


Instructor Caryn Boyd Diel was recognized as a Senior Instructor of the Universal Healing Tao in 2014 by Master Mantak Chia in Switzerland. She has thoroughly studied and developed the Level 2 CNT materials to bring this powerful advanced course to students.

She is currently writing the Ampuku; CNT level 2 instruction manual for students which will be published in 2023.  


*See article below on this page about the history of Anma/Ampuku


Learn new Qigong practices to share with your clients and to enhance your own cultivation practice.. 



Join me in New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment

Chi Nei Tsang Level 1  

September 20-22,  2023

Santa Fe, New Mexico


21 CE from NCBTMB

19.5 PDA from NCCAOM



During this level 1 class we will be offering a complete course in Chi Nei Tsang Fundamentals along with many other Taoist teachings.


Chi Nei Tsang (CNT) is not only a body therapy technique, but a lineage practice involving training in energy cultivation (qigong) and alchemical Taoist meditations to heal the body, mind and spirit.


Our days will begin with Qigong to cultivate the chi in practitioners. In the classroom each day, we will move consciously through each of the organ systems, learning how to access the knowledge of the body with our hearts and our hands.


Benefits of Chi Nei Tsang:

Improved energy and sleep

Improved physical and emotional digestion

Regulation of elimination

Relief from abdominal pain

Boost your metabolism to a state of vibrant health

Achieve Self Empowerment over your sense of well being


You will learn:

To identify the location and function of the internal organs

Several treatment protocols, including a full body detoxifying routine

Manual and Energetic techniques to improve digestion and alleviate abdominal pain

Opening the diaphragm for better breathing

Introduction to the five elements theory

Qigong and meditation to boost your energy level and harmonize organs

6 Healing Sounds Meditation

Tao Yin to open the Meridians



Tuition: $475   

Location:  Ft. Marcy in Santa Fe, NM

 Class hours are 9-5pm daily


**Ask the registration desk about the "Caryn Diel Group Room Discounts' at Ft. Marcy

Tell them that you are part of the class

For room reservations at Ft. Marcy call 505 988-2800



Spring Renewal; Longevity and Rejuvenation Retreat

Spring Retreat

TBA 2023, in Bellingham, Washington


Practitioners in the healing arts know the value of being on Retreat. Join us for a few days of profound relaxation and drop deeper into the mysteries of healing. We will begin our days with Qigong and Meditation in the forest of the Pacific Northwest.


Learn how to nourish and rejuvenate your body for natural and lasting health. We will discuss the spiritual aspects of Detoxification.


Caryn will introduce several topics which will assist your body to be strong and able to detox wisely; including Chi Nei Tsang self help routine, sensible approaches to Detox, Forest Bathing, “taking the waters” in the European way, Lymph massage and preparing teas and congees for restoring health. Take home several Longevity Practices.


Afternoon lectures will include lessons on casting the I Ching, Dry Brushing, and Taoist Dream Practice. Feel supported and Rejuvenated. We conclude each day with Tao Yin and Meditations to assist in your healing experience. specifically designed to open the meridians through stretching and breath work promoting deep and restful sleep.


Be sure to register 2 full weeks prior to the retreat, as you will receive some special instructions on how to best prepare for this life changing experience.

Tuition: $550


Instructor: Caryn Boyd Diel, founder of White Cloud Institute

Meals are not included in the Retreat Tuition.

Massage Therapists: 27 Ceu from NCBTMB


Learn how to "take the waters"

During Chi Nei Tsang Retreats Caryn will talk about the history of "Taking the Waters" and how to best use natural hot springs.

Join us in Sedona, Arizona

We will be looking at the Vortex energy that is prevalent on this land and learn how to apply Geomancy to our healing practice.


Anpuku Ryoho

Abdominal Massage and Therapy. 

Article from yotsume dojo in Arizona. (2017)


Anpuku means “to ease or calm the Hara”. The Hara being the abdomen or the Tanden. Ryoho means therapy. Anpuku Ryoho can be traced back to the Nara and Heian periods in Japan (710-1185 AD) During the later part of this period Anpuku therapy was called Haratori.


One theory says that Anpuku entered Japan from China at the same time as Acupuncture and other medical arts. A second theory says, it entered on its own separately. Anpuku therapy has always been closely related to Koho Anma, Traditional Japanese Massage, and has always been highly respected.

During the Edo period (1602-1868 AD) Ampuku, Anma and other branches of Oriental medicine reached their peak. Toward the end of this period the Shogunate (Japanese government) made Anma and Anpuku a form of welfare for the blind. This period in conjunction with WWII brought much decline to high level medicine in Japan. Most techniques for curing disease with Ampuku therapy were lost and the art became simple abdominal massage.

After WWII bodywork medicine became one of the primary professions for the blind and schooling now often takes place in schools for the blind. Many anma practitioners in Japan advertised as Anma and Anpuku together and apply techniques very lightly. When working at a true therapeutic level. Techniques are not always pleasant to receive.


During the 1960s many therapists in Japan began researching the old ways of medicine again. During this time, Shizuto Masunaga, the founder of a style of Shiatsu (finger pressure therapy) translated into modern Japanese and published a work on Anpuku called the Anpuku Zukai ( illustrations of Anpuku). This work was written during the Edo period by an Anpuku therapist by the name of Shunsai Ota. This manuscript is now the foundation of modern Anpuku therapy.

(This book was recently translated into English and other languages by Philippe Vandenabeele by Shinzui Bodywork International Institute. Note from Caryn Boyd Diel)


Japanese Medical Views of the Abdominal Region


In Oriental medicine the abdomen (Tanden) is the most important part of the body because the Tanden is the center of Ki (inner life force) and many of the internal organs are housed in this region. In the abdomen there is a point below the navel known as Kikai (Chihai). This means a sea of energy. This point on the body is where a mixture and uniting of different types of Ki occurs. In Taoist influenced medicine and spirituality, there are three types of KI: Tenki – Heaven Energy, Chiki – Earth Energy, and Jinki - human Energy. Heaven energy and Earth energy enter the body at the top of the head and at the bottom of the feet and then they both run into the abdomen and unite at the kikai point to form Jinki (Human Energy).


To quote the oldest medical text in Japan known as the Ishinpo: “When the energies of Heaven and Earth combine Humans are formed”. This is why the region of the abdomen is held in such high regard in Oriental medicine. Anpuku Ryoho (Abdominal Therapy) assists in the clean combination of energies that naturally takes place in the Hara/Tanden. Anpuku therapy is very deeply linked to Fukushin (Abdominal Diagnosis). This diagnosis method became more developed in Japan then in China where is seems to have been replaced with tongue diagnosis. Fukushin consists of various methods for retrieving information from the abdominal region.


The Effects of Anpuku Ryoho Abdominal Therapy


*Releases the congestion of Ki (vital life force)

*Relaxes and detoxifies the internal organs

*Harmonizes the stomach and intestinal functions

*Promotes digestion and elimination

*Smoothes the blood flow and adjusts the pulse

*Opens the joints

*Assists Structural rebalancing

*Replaces the internal organs to their proper locations

*Makes the muscles flexible

*Moistens the skin

*Increases the mental powers

*Strengthens the memory and the body

*Balances the emotions

*Assists longevity