Roots & Branches 5 Element Qigong™ is energetic and healing as it condenses tai chi into standing postures, walks and shifting movements. By integrating principle, breath, and focus in the “tantien” with awareness of the Chinese Five Elements, this work generates, circulates and unblocks “qi” (vital energy) allowing it to nourish us at the deepest level. This work is valuable for tai chi students at all levels, including complete beginners, and those who don’t practice tai chi.
Roots & Branches™ is the simplest and deepest work in our tradition. Accessible to the athlete as well as to the bedridden, to those who wish to study deeply, and to those with no time at all. It can restore health and strength, emotional equilibrium, mental clarity and spiritual awareness.
Our founder, Patrick Watson, was initiated into this work when Cheng Man-Ch’ing gave him postures and movements for his health. In the mid-1970s, Patrick decided The School of Tai Chi Chuan should preserve this work and asked Pat Gorman to interview everyone Cheng Man-Ch’ing had worked with in this way: their illnesses, Chinese diagnoses, assigned work and results. A Five Elements acupuncturist and one of the legacy holders of our school, Pat Gorman has worked with fellow legacy holder Gerrie Sporken to transmit this information through the Roots & Branches 5 Element Qigong™ program.