Yoga and Qigong

Yoga and Qigong

Yoga and Qigong

Thrive Acupuncture and Wellness are not only Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners, using modalities like acupuncture, cupping and herbal medication to treat our patients. We also practice Medical Qigong!

Qigong (formally known as Tai Chi in the U.S. but actually not the same thing) is an ancient Chinese health care practice which combines physical movement, breathing exercises and focus. Qigong may be practiced for Medical, Martial Arts or spiritual reasons depending upon the individual’s needs.

Medical Qigong is emerging as a cornerstone of Eastern-influenced wellness practices. Medical Qigong goes beyond Qigong’s self-cultivation, enlisting the skills of a highly trained and disciplined practitioner, like Alan Suhr. Medical Qigong practitioners study and train for years, not only learning about human anatomy and physiology but cultivating their own energy through Qigong practice.

Medical Qigong is used to target many common health concerns such as physical pain, high blood pressure, headaches, anxiety and emotional issues like depression.
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The movement of Qigong is similar to Yoga, although the two modalities are different. The positions of Qigong are often gentler than Yoga and usually the practitioner remains standing throughout.

Yoga has a variety of positions and perspectives, from gentle all the way up to rigorous. If  you’re looking for a workout, Yoga would be recommended to help strengthen your core. Yoga is based on Asana (the postures) and Pranayama (the control of breath and energy).

Qigong uses more restraint but the biggest different between the two practices is within the energy of each. Qigong taps into the five elements of Earth, Wood, Metal, Fire and Water. In a way, Qigong is a form of Pranayama because it does require both breath and attention to energy. So Qigong is an excellent complement to your Yoga practice!

If you are looking for a place to learn and practice Yoga, we recommend Sol Yoga Collective  ( in downtown Rapid City.

If you’d like to learn more about Qigong including Medical Qigong,
please contact us at Thrive!

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The Healers and Magicians of the Black Hills

The Healers and Magicians of the Black Hills

Thrive Acupuncture and Wellness is taking a new approach with our ongoing blog!

We want to celebrate the holistic health community around the Black Hills. We know how important it is to connect with one another, to share resources to serve the Rapid City population. Our patients often find treatment through multiple modalities and we want to embrace those connections.

Acupuncture and TCM are whole-body approaches to health. Our training, culled from centuries of eastern practices, conditions us to view the body as more than just a collection of organs and functions. We know to look deeper, below the surface, to find the underlying causes of pain or illness. Qi, or energy, affects the entire body and often a symptom is an alert of a more critical issue with the body’s Qi.

holistic_health_thrive_acupuncture_rapidcityWe understand that sticking pins into the skin is not the only way to treat our patients. At Thrive Acupuncture and Wellness we use a host of modalities including acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine, cupping and Medical Qi Gong. We are in search of the body’s ability to communicate what it needs – we will use whatever resources (needles, cups, herbal medicine) to find the source of what may be off-balance to help our patients find comfort.

We also work with other practitioners throughout the Western South Dakota region, learning from one another and working together to treat our patients. We work with fertility specialists, chiropractors, doulas and midwives, doctors, yogis and natural food specialists. We are all healers, dedicated in our shared goals of restoring health for those who suffer and maintaining body balance for those in great health.

We welcome each of you into this journey – whether you are part of the medical community of Rapid City or a citizen looking to improve your health. We hope to see you at the health and holistic fairs in our beautiful region and encourage your questions. And follow this blog as we explore the entire Wellness community of the Black Hills and celebrate our shared successes!

After all, we live in one of the most magical places on Earth. We want to honor those that help all of us maintain that magic!