K’ai Men means 'open gate'. Those of you who have heard of acupuncture will be familiar with the principle of Energy Channels throughout the body. Each of these Meridians, as they are more generally called, has small, medium or larger energy centres on them. Should these “points” or get blocked then the energy will not flow properly through them and we can feel a little “offish” or even ill after time. Sometimes these points are referred to as “gates” in Traditional Chinese Medicine (here after referred to as TCM). The name, “K’ai Men” then suggests that by doing these exercises you can open the Meridians and help redress the natural balance and flow of energy (Ch'i) in the body. This is fairly typical of most Taoist exercises as there is a concern about health matters and in TCM the inner aspects of the body are the most important: usually the outer aspects are the visible elements from which part diagnosis may be made.