Have you ever had a therapist ask, “Is it okay if I touch your stomach?” That’s the whole point of a Taoist massage called Chi Nei Tsang, which involves massaging your internal organs. Ellen Ronis, a massage therapist for 30 years, is a therapist who offers this treatment at Bodhi Holistic Spa on Hudson’s bustling Warren Street.
Chi Nei Tsang means “working the energy of the internal organs.” Ronis recommends it to people with intestinal/digestive issues, fertility issues, post-surgical scars and lower back pain. The treatment is said to help loosen and clear physical and energetic blockages in the organs, where we store “undigested emotions,” while it energizes, detoxifies and strengthens the internal system. You don’t have to have a major issue, however. “Sometimes it just feels good to have your organs untangled and unknotted and to breathe deeply,” says Ronis. “This treatment can be very relaxing.”
This charming full-service spa’s yoga studio, salon and boutique help bring people in the door, and its wellness services (including hypnosis and mystic healing along with the usual) keep them coming.
Chi Nei Tsang: $90 for 60 minutes; 518.828.2233; www.bodhiholisticspa.com