The Meir Schneider Method of Self-Healing Through Bodywork and Movement empowers you to take charge of your own health and unlock the body’s ability to heal itself. The method combines massage, movement and breathing education, visualization and, for those who need it, vision improvement training. The development of kinesthetic awareness is fundamental to Self-Healing.
The Method is a nonmedical holistic health rehabilitation and prevention system. It is comprehensive and integrated, combining movement education, therapeutic massage, self-massage, passive movement, gentle movement exercises, breathing, visualization, and vision training.
Meir Schneider, PhD, LMT was born with cataracts and other serious vision problems. After five unsuccessful surgeries on the lenses of his eyes, which left them shattered and filled with scar tissue, doctors pronounced his condition hopeless and he was certified permanently legally blind. He performed his reading and schoolwork in Braille.
At age 17, Meir learned the Bates Method of eye exercises. He practiced them with a diligence that probably no one had ever applied to them before, up to 13 hours a day, undeterred by the skepticism of family and friends. To this he added his own regimen of self-massage and movement.
Within six months, he could recognize visual objects for the first time; within 18 months, he could read print without glasses. His vision continued to improve, and today is 20/80. He holds a current unrestricted California driver’s license.
During his recovery process, while still a teenager, Meir began to help others with a wide range of degenerative conditions, such as polio, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis.
He found that the same principles which enabled him to gain functional eyesight could be applied to the entire body.
His discoveries led to the creation of the Meir Schneider Method of Self-Healing through Bodywork and Movement, helping tens of thousands of people with serious physical and visual conditions worldwide.
The Meir Schneider Self-Healing Method is unique in its:
Emphasis on combining massage and movement equally
Inclusion of vision improvement work for those who need it
Detailed programs that meet the custom needs of the individual at a given time, to nurture specific organs or organ systems that are fragile or damaged
Client motivation, empowerment, and support groups
The Method overturns the unconscious expectations that program how we think, move, breath, and see, and it teaches us new ways to move and live. Learning to use muscles and joints in a more balanced way- by isolating muscle groups, enhancing circulation, using more muscles and relaxing chronically overused ones, and strengthening and stimulating brain-body neural connections- can address and prevent common degenerative and debilitating conditions that arise out of lifestyle, profession, injury, or serious health problems.
The Method is a unique approach that has helped many thousands of people make remarkable gains in health and function with a wide range of “incurable” conditions and injuries, including poor eyesight. Computer users, cashiers, massage therapists and others have learned how to prevent and overcome repetitive strain injuries. Athletes and musicians have used Self-Healing to overcome injuries and enhance performance.
The Method is body-mind work. It offers powerful combinations of massage, movement therapy, visualization, breathing exercises, and for those who need it, vision improvement techniques. The method grew out of Meir Schneider’s experience in overcoming his own congenital blindness as a teenager. A former Braille user, Meir now reads normally and has an unrestricted driver’s license.
The Method teaches us how to listen to our bodies and respond to their needs. Applying the many tools and techniques of Self-Healing, we create a more relaxed, balanced use of the body - and the eyes - which can bring about dramatic improvement. Self-Healing is a non-medical, holistic health rehabilitation system.
Self-Healing is above all an educational process. The client becomes an active, inventive partner of the therapist. support groups, private sessions, and books and tapes are available to teach and support the Self-Healing Method.