Dragonfly Acupuncture & Massage
I can’t believe how effective acupuncture has been at relieving my pain. Thank you for what you do!
— Anna P, Mauldin, SC
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Japanese Acupuncture 

Elizabeth's acupuncture style is unique. She has pursued advanced training in several Japanese Acupuncture styles, including Meridian Therapy, studying with renowned teachers Stephen Brown and Atsuki Maeda, and Kiiko Matsumoto style acupuncture, which she learned from Kiiko herself.

In Japanese Acupuncture, the main focus of treatment is to make the patient as comfortable and relaxed as possible, lulling you into the state most conducive for healing. This is seen in the gentle techniques, and the use of a guide tube to make insertion painless. Japanese styles of acupuncture also rely heavily on palpation, or diagnostic touching, for diagnosis and treatment. You'll experience this as a careful touch of your arms, legs, abdomen and/or back to locate treatment points and diagnose your core imbalance. This palpation-based style is extremely effective while being minimally invasive.

 Acupuncture

  • Increases blood circulation

  • Balances hormones

  • Relaxes the nervous system

  • Reduces Inflammation

  • Balances the immune systems

  • Detoxifies the body

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 To enhance treatments and make them even more effective, Elizabeth also utilizes a number of additional therapies. We don’t charge extra for enhancements, so that we can use them whenever it will benefit a patient.

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Cupping

Cupping is like a reverse massage. It breaks up muscle knots, increases blood circulation and can even treat coughing and wheezing. It’s great for pain, headaches, lung issues and enhancing athletic performance.

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Tui-Na

Tui na, meaning “push pull”, is a Chinese medical massage. It uses a combination of long strokes, deep kneading, rocking and traction to treat musculoskeletal conditions.

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Moxibustion

Moxibustion is used to warm areas of the body. The herb mugwort is spun and burned above the skin. It is used to treat pain, infertility, digestive issues and immunity, among other things.

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 WHAT DOES ACUPUNCTURE TREAT?

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine treat everything that Western medicine treats, but without drugs or surgery. This includes:

Fertility
PMS
Endometriosis
PCOS
Pregnancy Issues
IBS
GERD
Digestive Disorders
Autoimmune Disorders

Fibromyalgia
Chronic Fatigue
Eczema
Acne
Colds/Flu
Allergies
Sinusitus
Weight Loss
Addiction

 

I feel good knowing Elizabeth really does listen and that she is a problem solver with the more complex issues that can arise. I would, and already have, recommended Dragonfly to friends and family!
— Elizabeth N, Greenville, SC
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 Herbal medicine

In addition to Acupuncture, Elizabeth is also a board certified herbalist. Chinese herbal medicine is a sophisticated and complex healing modality that can be used for many internal and musculoskeletal conditions. 

Multiple substances are combined to create a synergistic effect to powerfully and effectively treat internal and external conditions. Instead of using one herb to treat one symptom or Western medical disease, Chinese herbalism takes the whole person into account. Your herbs are formulated not only to treat a symptom, but to treat the root cause, so that you eventually don’t need the herbs anymore. This is personalized medicine at its finest.

The style of herbalism that Elizabeth practices is unique in that it uses a diagnostic method that’s independent of Western medicine. This means that she can treat complex, multi-layered conditions – even issues that Western practitioners don’t know what to do with. During the course of your treatments, you will start with a formula containing multiple herbs, and that formula may shift as your symptoms change and reduce. 

Elizabeth uses high quality herbal powders that go through a number of tests before they are processed and sold. They are free of pesticides, heavy metals, and contaminants. She uses practitioner level products that are more powerful than those that can be purchased at a health food store or online. To prepare your herbs, you simply scoop a small amount into a mug, dissolve in a tablespoon or two of hot water, and drink.

Kie is able to establish an amazing energy transfer that relaxes and rejuvenates at the same time. The slow movement allows me to focus on the moment and muscle being addressed. Narrow focus seems to organically grow into a meditative state which is where I land every time I get on the table.
— Cathy F, Travelers Rest, SC
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Esalen Massage 

Kie practices the somatic art of Esalen massage, which is deeply rooted in quality of touch, intuition, and heartfelt mindfulness. The Esalen Institute, where this modality of bodywork was born, is renowned for its healing natural hot springs and has long been recognized as a world leader in alternative and experiential education. 

Esalen massage is known for its healing and nurturing touch; it combines long strokes, gentle rocking and stretching, and articulate sculpting of the deeper musculature. However, Esalen massage goes beyond the physical result of bodywork by focusing on energy exchange and psychological well-being. It aims to tune the mind and body together to create a sense of serenity and peace.

Ultimately, Esalen Massage is a deeply gentle, soothing massage capable of inducing deep relaxation in the recipient. Using long, graceful strokes to heighten the client’s awareness of bodily experiences, the practitioner gives attention to the entire body in this approach.

This awareness, rather than any special technique on the part of the practitioner, is what is believed to promote healing: as people become conscious of the various ways they hold tension in their bodies, their minds may be better able to naturally begin the process of letting go.

Unlike outcome goals in other forms of massage, the practitioner’s primary goal in this approach is not the removal of localized pain or tension, though this is typically accomplished. Instead, the aim is usually to induce deep relaxation, integrate mind and body, and enhance total body awareness.

Another defining feature of Esalen massage is that it is largely intuitive. The practitioner does not impose a predetermined set of techniques on the recipient but instead tries to sense what is needed in each moment. Rather than working on the client, the practitioner works with the client, listening closely to messages being communicated through the client’s body and responding accordingly. Esalen massage is sometimes described as a “moving meditation,” due in part to the wholehearted focus displayed by practitioners.

One unique benefit of Esalen massage is its ability to awaken the senses and enhance total body awareness. The long, gliding strokes allow individuals the chance to connect more deeply with the self and experience a sense of wholeness. These signature strokes also have a calming effect that helps slow down the body and foster a very deep state of relaxation. Since Esalen Massage often uses light pressure and gentle, nurturing strokes, it is considered an excellent option for infants, the elderly, and other people who would not be able to tolerate deep tissue massage. However, the depth of Esalen Massage is client specific and while it might start with a lighter touch to facilitate total relaxation, slow, deeper pressure is absolutely therapeutic when done mindfully where needed.

 Esalen massage produces a wide array of positive results:

  •  Improved circulation

  • Reduced blood pressure

  • Increased lymph flow

  • Released tension, reduced pain and stress

  • Improved digestion

  • Increased flexibility and expanded range of motion

  • Improved sleep

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