A CNT treatment begins with a dialogue between you and your practitioner, discussing your health history and any current health issues you wish to address via treatment. You should include all information you think might be relevant, even if you don’t fully understand how each part connects to the whole. Chi Nei Tsang practitioners are trained in a truly holistic approach, considering all aspects of your physical and emotional state of being together as one manifestation of the whole. Plan to wear comfortable clothing and eat and drink normally before your appointment - do not fast. Your practitioner will help you to be comfortable on a massage table, using pillows and bolsters to support you, most often lying on your back with the area from your ribcage to the top of your pelvic area exposed by opening your clothing. Feel free to ask for the temperature in the room to be adjusted to your comfort, or for a blanket or more pillows. The practitioner will begin the treatment with gentle and precise touches to your abdomen to discern the best way to help you feel better, as she or he guides you in breathing mindfully into the areas they are working with. You may experience a deep sense of relaxation and re-connection with yourself on a physical and emotional level during the treatment. The treatment will last approximately one hour; you may even fall asleep, and this too is part of the therapeutic experience. The practitioner will conclude the treatment by giving you advice and simple self-care exercises that you can do at home to support and maintain your well-being. What has happened during the treatment will vary depending on your needs and circumstances; your experience of change, or healing, may occur during the treatment or it may occur in the days and even weeks following the treatment. In healing, we cannot separate the mind from the body. Each symptom, mental or physical, has a meaning and that meaning is emotionally charged. Emotions are carried in the body as energetic charges which need to be processed physically. They manifest in significant locations in bodily structures such as joints and muscle groups, to be expressed by bodily attitudes. These energetic charges require digestion and their level of processing can be traced throughout the length of the digestive system.