Ms. Shields became interested in massage and bodywork while living and working in Hong Kong where she studied at The International Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Research Institute. Back in New York she attended The Swedish Institute School of Massage & Allied Health Sciences. Since graduating from The Swedish Institute in 1990, Ms. Shields has attended many post-graduate workshops and classes, including:
- Lymph Drainage Therapy (LDT) through The Upledger Institute, Palm Beach Gardens, FL.
- Traditional Thai Massage at the Thai Massage School of Chiang Mai and at ITM Institute of Thai Massage, both in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
- Trigger Point Therapy/Deep Tissue Massage through The Chicago School of Massage.
The lymphatic system is responsible for helping fluid and waste leave the body and for regulating the immune system. When the lymphatic system becomes blocked, fluid builds up and stagnates, causing the entire system to become toxic, making us feel sluggish and more susceptible to viral or contagious diseases.
You can survive anything life throws at you today provided you find the breathing space to detoxify and recharge yourself. Manual lymphatic drainage by Chrysalis Massage and Bodywork helps the body heal itself. Guided by this unique philosophy, manual lymphatic drainage technique is the ultimate detox treatment to help unlock the potential of the body to heal and help the mind find that inner peace it craves.
Today, an increasing number of men and women in New York resort to cosmetic surgeries like liposuction in order to end up with a nicely toned body through the removal of fatty tissues that cannot be eliminated effectively with diet and workout programs. Usually, after a liposuction, a large-scale restorative procedure has to be performed so as to provide proper post-liposuction care and optimize the results of the initial procedure while treating the liposuction side effects.
Lymphatic drainage massage is developed for the stimulation of the lymphatic system to eliminate the upsurge of toxins and excess fluids in our body’s cell. It is a widely-used cellulite treatment technique provided in New York by Chrysalis Massage and Bodywork.
Lymphatic drainage massage can stimulate the opening of the initial lymphatic and increase the volume of lymph flow by as much as 20 times. Good news since lymph cancer is on the increase. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is now one of the most rapidly increasing cancers in the United States, having more than doubled in incidence since the 1970s. The American Cancer Society estimates that 66,670 men and women will be diagnosed with lymphoma in 2006, with one third of them dying from it.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a form of massage that stimulates the lymphatic system with gentle massaging strokes. The light rhythmical massage encourages the lymphatic system to eliminate metabolic waste products, excess fluid and bacteria. The technique was invented by massage therapists Dr Emil and Mrs. Estrid Vodder in the early 1930s. Chrysalis Massage and Bodywork provides all of New York with lymphatic massage expertise.
Cellulite, the lumpy fat deposits prominently visible in the thighs, knees, and upper arms, can be a major source of embarrassment, especially for women. Several treatment options are available, which can help you shed the extra fat. Lymphatic drainage provided by Chrysalis Massage and Bodywork is one such method and can help you get back in shape by improving lymph circulation.
We don’t pay much attention to our lymphatic system, yet it is crucial for sustaining our health in the city of New York. It’s as vast as our circulatory system and it drains toxins and debris from the deep tissues of our body. The lymphatic system sustains our immunity by moving foreign invaders like virus and bacteria through our lymph nodes, which stimulates them to release aggressive immune cells to fight infection and kill off things like the flu. Congested or stagnant lymph is common in many people.
It is general knowledge that the body consists of an odd percentage of liquid. This idea conjures a vision of being something like a water balloon, with organs floating about and bumping into one another. More realistically, the body’s fluids are under high pressure and in constant motion, whether it’s blood rushing from heart to lung to cell and back, or the more leisurely motion of the lymph. Were the blood to stop flowing, one would obviously be in quite a bit of trouble.
Many massage therapists will let patients know that “toxins” are “flushed” by massage and drinking extra water after you get off the table. Alas, which toxins and how exactly they are “flushed” by massage or water is all rather vague — and not a good reason for recommending water. Many therapists know it’s vague but apply the precautionary principle: drinking water certainly won’t hurt, right? No, probably not (although over-hydration is more of a problem than most people realize2).