Croftlands, 24 Westbourne Road, Lancaster

                                         Phone 07792 644402

Medical Qigong and Tai Chi

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Medical Qigong 

Tai Chi Chuan

Course Details

When and where: Classes will be held every Tuesday 7 – 8 pm in the Upper Prior Hall, Castle Gate, Lancaster, starting on Tuesday 18 January 2022 and continuing during term time.

Costs: The classes are free but we are raising funds for Lancaster Priory and a donation would be very much appreciated. 

More information: Call Joop Brouwer on 07792 644402 or just come along on the evening.


Roots and Branches 5 Element Qigong is a form of medical Qigong practiced to strengthen and heal the body, clarify the mind and inspire the spirit.

Roots and Branches is a fully integrated approach bringing together Tai Chi and the Five Element system of medicine. These traditions spring from the same understanding of nature and natural cycles, and compliment each other precisely. 

You will learn moves and postures to help you feel more balanced, relaxed and focussed. 

Based on your condition you will also receive specific moves and postures to address your individual state of health. You can then practise these moves and postures at home to give you daily support towards regaining and maintaining your health and well-being. 

Roots and Branches can also greatly support your health in between your acupuncture treatments.

Tai Chi Chuan is an ancient exercise which embodies China’s most profound concepts and principles of health and movement. It offers true harmony between body and mind.


Based on softness and awareness (rather than force and resistance) T’ai Chi Chuan (also referred to as Tai Chi, Tai Ji, or Taijiquan) has been recognized for centuries as both a method of self-cultivation and an unexcelled form of self defense. Practiced at a slow and even speed, Tai Chi promotes relaxation, straight posture, and balance.


Tai Chi movements are widely acknowledged to help calm the emotions, focus the mind, and strengthen the immune system. 

In a very real sense, Tai Chi helps us to stay younger as we grow older, thus making an outstanding contribution to our overall health and well-being.


Pat Gorman and Gerrie Sporken for the transmission of Roots and Branches Five Element Qi Gong.


Karen Kohlhaas and The Tai Chi Foundation for the Roots and Branches and Tai Chi video clips and photos (including the 5 element image and tai chi figures on the home page).


The British Acupuncture Council for the acupuncture video clips and photos.