Dai Mai帶脈 Points
After the Qi Hai氣海, Mingmen 命門, and Guan Yuan 關元 the next important points for the Dantian are the Dai Mai帶脈points. We use them a lot in Dayan Qigong forms as they are close to the Qi Hai point. They are found on the same level as the Qi Hai point, close to the hip bones. “Dai” means “Belt帶” and “Mai脈” means “Channel”. The Belt Channel is around the waist close to the hips bones. This area should be soft and when we press them we should not feel any pain. This means the Dai Mai points are working well. They are like the side windows into your Dantian丹田and just like a house needs windows to let in more air, the Dantian needs the Dai Mai points to let in more Qi.
The Dai Mai points belong to the Foot Xiao Yang Gall Bladder Channel 足少陽胆經 . It means they help the Gall Bladder if it has a problem. It is also good for the blood circulation and especially for ladies during menstruation, gynaecological problems, swollen stomach and hernias. This area should be soft and flexible and so we need to move the waist more. So practising Qigong helps open the Dai Mai points and so more Qi can be stored at the Dantian.