Chi Nei Tsang School

Chi Nei Tsang makes one feel as though they have returned home to themselves,  community, and core. Members of  western society  must relearn to be present and mindful within self .  At be in the tao Chi Nei Tsang and other Taoist practice  are integral parts we integrate as we redefine our expectations of wellness.


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Chi Nei Tsang School

Mary Ellen Derwis LMT, Universal Healing Tao Chi Nei Tsang Senior Teacher

Upcoming events

Classes in NorthEast Virginia and East Lansing  Michigan on the horizon for 2020



(5-day intensive workshops) in August.


Week 1: 
A)  Steven:  Tai Chi Qigong 1 + Qigong Meditation Basics 1   (no prereq)
B)  Mary Ellen:  Chi Nei Tsang Abdominal Healing Therapy 1 (Organs) (no prereq)

Week 2: 
A)  Steven:  REFINE Tai Chi Qigong 1 + Qigong Meditation Basics 2
B)  Mary Ellen:  Chi Nei Tsang Abdominal Healing Therapy 2 (Winds)

Week 3:  

A)  Steven:  Deep Healing Qigong Form  (no prereq) B)  Mary Ellen:  Chi Nei Tsang Abdominal Healing Therapy 3 (Tok Sen)   Chi Nei Tsang (CNT) Abdominal Healing Therapy, Tai Chi Qigong, and  Deep Healing Qigong courses are only offered in the summer, so if you  are attracted to any of these, set your intention now to come.  Course  descriptions available on the website:  http://www.spiritualtaoworkshops.com   This August is a real opportunity, for it is the first-time we are  offering a higher-level course in Tai Chi 1 (2nd week) and the  first-time we are offering a course in CNT3–the third level of Chi Nei  Tsang!  Both of these courses are designed for those who wish to go  deeper in the respective coursework programs.   EARLY BIRD PRICING 

 Regular Early-bird pricing of $550 tuition for a 5-day  course until 4/30/2020.  Hotel (venue site) is only $89/night when you  call and book under “Spiritual Tao” group.    REVIEWERS repeating the same 5-day course from last year will earn a $100 rebate upon completion.      The workshop venue is in a nice workshop space within Quality Inn  hotel.  So those who choose to stay at the Quality Inn hotel can simply  return and rest in their rooms during breaks.  It’s real hotel  accommodations, you just stay in a hotel room for low cost.  I have  special room pricing also with the hotel, just $89/night if you mention  Spiritual Tao when you book by calling the hotel directly (use Option 2  when you dial).  We don’t charge double if you have two people staying  in a room, like a lot of workshop places, so if you bring a friend (or  partner), you only need to book one room with the hotel and share to  save money.  For food, there are a TON of restaurants nearby within  walking distance, to suit all tastes and financial constraints . . .  from fast food, to regular restaurants, to an organic grocery store  (with hot bar) within 4 blocks.  All the details of this are also on the  workshop website.  The hotel also has standard amenities like free hot  breakfast, a gym, an indoor pool, etc.  So I think the accommodations  are far nicer AND CHEAPER than other places.   If anybody has any questions, feel free to contact me! I’d love to hear from you.   Warm wishes and smiling qi, Steven Sy 


Upcoming events

Recently Mary Ellen became certified as a Chi Nei Tsang Senior  Teacher with Master Mantak Chia. As such she is now able to certify:

  • Level 1 Chi Nei Tsang
  • Level 2 ‘Chasing the Winds’
  • Level 3 ‘Tok Sen’

To learn more please follow the above links to learn more about each  level and then make plans to join us as we deepen our understanding of  applied chi kung and Taoist applied chi kung techniques.

Check out my events page for more information about upcoming classes.

go to my sister site www.beinthetao.com to see upcoming classes:

  • guided imagery
  • feng shui
  • aromatherapy
  • Reiki
  • and more

CNT Senior Teacher

About Mary Ellen


Mary Ellen is committed to your long term educational needs.  Whether you  are a massage practitioner or an individual seeking wellness, the Chi  Nei Tsang School provides mentorship programs and classes that will  expand your practice.  Redefine your work to include overall health and  well-being based in the eastern and western medicine models. Explore our  Classes on the following pages, and discover all the benefits you’ll  enjoy as a practitioner.

Chi Nei Tsang applied Chi Kung  will give you options that will grow  your wellness practice. But don’t just think of our classes as a  therapeutic remedy for your patients or practice. Our workshops and  classes for individuals have advantages, too. Chi Kung, meditations such as Microcosmic orbit and Tao Yin will enhance your health, improve your performance and  serve as a preventative tool that can be easily integrated into your  lifestyle.

Whether you are a massage practitioner or and individual seeking more  depth in your wellness practice we welcome you. At be in the tao, we  look forward to getting to know you personally!

If this appeals to you, you are home. Chi Nei Tsang School Home.  Follow the links below and you will find the form that suits you.  Workshops and classes and treatments that will teach you these forms and provide guidance as you ‘redefine your expectations of wellness.’ 

Chi Nei Tsang School offers:

  • Chi Nei Tsang Level 1 where we learn to listen to ourselves and out second brain with breath and guidance
  • Chi Nei Tsang Level 2  Chasing the  Winds where we learn to go deeper and release stagnant chi from our system  that has set up specific patterns so that dis ease is quieted and  wellness can be restored
  • Chi Nei Tsang Level 3  Tok Sen  where gently tapping of meridians and organ systems release trauma with vibration to encourage lasting change
  • Tao Yin  is a chi kung form much like yoga where breath stretching and  mindfulness creates a space where the body mind and spirit can become  silent
  • Inner Smile is a form that teaches us meditation where we explore our organs and release trapped emotion and chi
  • Cosmic Healing Sounds  is a form that utilizes posture and breath and is a bit like releasing a  pressure valve. Giving stagnant chi a quick exit point when things are  just too much for us
  • Microcosmic Orbit is a form that teach how to harvest and move chi thru proper channels so that balance or homeostasis can return to our being
  • Fusion 1 is a form that allows us to transform stagnant chi into a  usable and productive form that the body can utilize for wellness
  • Iron Shirt is a form that allows us to literally ‘stand down’ ,  listen to ourselves and release patterns energetically and structurally  that have set themselves up within us over the span of our lifetime

 Mary Ellen Derwis LMT, Universal Healing Tao Chi Nei Tsang Senior Teacher of three levels of Chi Nei Tsang.    28+ years of experience as a licensed Masso-therapist. She is a  graduate of the Chi Nie Tsang Institute and is a Chi Nei Tsang Senior  Teacher within Grandmaster Mantak Chia’s Healing system. Full  Instructor of Universal Tao Basics, Chi Kung & Tao Yin, and a  practitioner of deep body work Tok Sen and Guasa. She blends eastern and  western wellness philosophies into a form that is user friendly for  each individual.  She is dedicated to the Tao and all the richness that  it brings into our lives. 


Praise for Mary Ellen Derwis

I am very glad to give my highest recommendations for Mary Ellen Derwis for her excellent skills in Chi Nei Tsang.- Gilles Marin, Founder, The Chi Nei Tsang Institute

Mary Ellen is a fountain of knowledge and a fantastic presenter. She makes learning fun! 
I’m proud to call her a colleague.” – Sarina Stone, Healing Tao 

CNT Like Trying to Describe the Taste of Bananas

Mary Ellen Derwis’ Chi Nei Tsang Abdominal Massage seminar was one of  the most unique I ever attended. I’m educated in three different  ‘energy’ techniques, including Cranio Sacral, but this was my first  combining hands on working with meridians.

I found Mary Ellen Derwis a remarkably gifted teacher. Samples of her  wisdom: “Most of what I teach, whether you remember, you already know.”  “Chi Nei Tsang does not measure your success by centimeters. Every  therapist will work differently.” “Intent is the primary modality. Use  gentle, nonintrusive contact.” “The breath is essential for bringing in  the Chi.”

There was structure and sequence in the class, but it wasn’t rigid. I  found the work comfortable to give and receive. My classmates had a  variety of deep healing experiences. She is uniquely talented at  teaching this powerful energetic body work. — Margaret Miller, LMT

Mary Ellen is a gifted teacher. She explains the concepts in a  crystal clear fashion and allows the students to apply the knowledge  hands on as they go along. She gives instant feedback to each class  participant. At the end of the class I felt confident that I could  integrate this massage modality into my practice right away. – Melissa  D.

Learning a new energetic art like chi nei tsang can be intimidating,  or simply confusing at times. Mary Ellen is one of those gifted teachers  to take you by the hand and show you through the maze and back. Her  down to earth approach will give you something to take home and practice  on yourself and others in a way that is gentle, thorough and  unforgettable. – Helen P.

A Massage for the Mind, Not Just Muscles

Mary Ellen’s CNT is a massage for the mind …delivered through our  body.

The first time I crossed the threshold of “be in the tao”, I was a  mess – stressed and tired. Mary Ellen asked me what kind of massage I  wanted and I literally put myself in her hands to decide.

 She chose a  CNT massage. Within minutes, everything inside me changed. I had  visions. I gained clarity. I felt peaceful, yet energized.

Creative ideas flowed in my dreams and work for weeks. Everything  seemed easier, somehow.

It was like a breakthrough after years of  serious therapy, but without uttering a word or picking at old emotional  wounds.

It’s a detox massage. Who doesn’t need to a seasonal cleanse? I know  its effects are different for everyone. For me, it was like psychedelics  without drugs, time-travel sans space suit, and more visions.

 The  point is Mary Ellen dispenses more than muscle manipulation.

Ask about her three-years comatose client who, after Mary Ellen’s  work, is now showing responsiveness to stimulus. 

If you’re  experiencing pain and stiffness in your muscles or your mind, consider putting yourself in Mary Ellen’s hands. – Jim K., Ohio

Safe, Empowering & Life Altering Body Work!

What can I say about an experience that is life altering in a gentle, subtle, comforting way that transcends words?

I have been a client of Mary Ellen’s for many years. In my first  sessions I was so anxious and fearful to be touched, but my entire being  needed to be comforted so profoundly!  Mary Ellen is a professional who  has such experience, integrity, and such a gift to help people connect  with their own healing intuition — and she believes in our power to do  so if we are open to it!

She is the guide and we follow….she makes it easy! The space where  you start this journey is so lovely and feels to me like a safe cocoon  …you are just drawn into the nurturing space and let go. She is so  humble in her work, always allowing your mind, body, and spirit to take  its’ own path…she is on the journey with you.

I experience her differently from others, because I leave with a  sense of empowerment about my health, my life and total well being. Mary  Ellen works through massage using many different modalities she has  learned and teaches others, including Reiki. A session with Mary Ellen  goes beyond the time spent in her sanctuary…it follows you home and you  can’t wait to get back for more!  She never stops learning and growing  in her practice and that inspires me! – Melinda M., Hinckley, OH

Mary Ellen is first and foremost a kind, considerate and passionate  person who is very concerned with not just treating a pain but  eliminating the root of the problem. In today’s world of alternative  medicine and massage therapy it is very refreshing to see someone take a  genuine interest in someone’s overall well-being, not just attempting  to fix another problem. Mary Ellen truly goes above and beyond the call  of duty by treating the person, not the problem. I would highly  recommend Mary Ellen to anyone suffering from chronic pains, overall  unhealthy feelings, or general discomfort. – Kurt M., Ohio

 Mary Ellen is professional, kind, empathetic, and yet she is up front.  She is able to be objective and if you listen, she shares tools to help  yourself between visits. She is confident without the ego and she does  quality work! She is a beautiful person with a genuine soul.  - Andrea S., Minnesota


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