THRIVE: Other Therapies

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• Qi Gong

Pronounced ‘chi gong’. Alan Suhr holds a Master of Medical Qi Gong certification. A yoga style practice to engage the mind, body and spirit. When coupled with Acupuncture, it is very effective because the goal of Qi Gong is to encourage the circulation of Qi – or energy – throughout the body.

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• Moxa

Uses heated Chinese herbs with Acupuncture needles. Moxa sticks can be used on their own to stimulate an acupuncture point or can be used on a point where an acupuncture needle has been inserted. The intention is to warm and invigorate the flow of Qi at the treatment points.

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• Gua Sha

A smooth-edged instrument is used to apply short or long strokes typically in the area of pain or on the back parallel to the spine.  In the Chinese Medicine tradition, pain is oftentimes caused by the stagnation of blood. Gua Sha breaks up the stagnation to promote blood flow and energy flow in the body – thus relieving the pain.

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