Talks

Principles of Natural Vision Improvement
Learn how to prevent or improve myopia, presbyopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, and even visual pathologies such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration by employing the nine most important principles of natural vision improvement. Meir is determined to revolutionize eye care and teach the world that vision doesn’t have to deteriorate, it can be improved!
 
Balls, Breath & Bates (The physiology of deep relaxation of body, eyes and mind through self massage with therapy balls)
Claudia Muehlenweg (Germany & USA)
The presentation will demonstrate how self massage with therapy balls combined with breath strategies and yoga moves can help to go from tense to relaxed much faster and easier. We will touch on the Polyvagal Theory by Stephen Porges and see how the latest neuroscientific research confirms the mind-eye connection that the Bates Method is based on (and why it works). The therapy balls and breath are an easy to understand and practice bottom-up approach that yields fast results by activating the parasympathetic nervous system, and works great for men who are often struggling even more with the mind-body connection.
 
The importance of a deeper understanding of our accommodative and vergencial systems
Fernanda Leitte (Brazil)
The excessive use of near vision since early childhood is an undeniable reality. Tablets and cellphones have the preference of most youngsters to play, study, and socialize. However, our visual system was not designed for this demand, opening a field for an epidemy of binocular dysfunctions. In this lecture I intend to discuss the importance of a deeper understanding of our accommodative and vergencial systems, and share my experience as an NVI professional and developmental optometrist.
 
How do big and little traumas of life affect visual function?
Nina Hutchings (France)
“Traumatic symptoms are not caused by the event itself. They arise when residual energy from the experience is not discharged from the body. This energy remains trapped in the nervous system where it can wreak havoc on our bodies and minds.” — Peter Levine Somatic Experiencing is a naturalistic bottom-up approach to the resolution of post-traumatic stress in contrast to the more established top-down talk therapies. It is based on the knowledge of the subtle interplay of the physiology with the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) as defined by Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal Theory. Trauma is by definition an overwhelming experience. It is a response to something that was too much, too fast, and too soon thereby disorganising the systems of the organism. This disorganisation leaves traces both on a physioogical and psychological level that may have long lasting effects. With the understanding of the role of the ANS and its responses to threat, it is possible to reorganise, a nervous system disorganised by thwarted survival responses in a threatening situation. How does this link to vision ? Why do we need to see ? The brain needs sensorial information from the environment to be able to react appropriately in order to survive and be safe. Primitively, vision helps us to avoid danger and find food and shelter. It is only when we feel safe that we can then use our visual system for interest and curiosity. Therefore orientation is the most vital element for survival. It is sensorial and largely visual. Without orientation we can not take stock of our environment and know if we are safe or in danger. Because of this, our whole organism is wired by the nervous system to discern between these two basic situations. Consequently, visual function may be affected by the nervous system’s response to a traumatic event. The Poyvagal theory of the ANS, upon which the Somatic Experiencing approach is based, elucidates the link between vision and trauma on a physiological level and demonstrates how it is very pertinent to the Bates Method. It explains why the activities that are recommended in the Bates Method succeed in improving vision. The presentation will demonstrate this link between the ANS and vision. The workshop will explore the Bates Method using the Somatic Experiencing approach.
 
Bates Method and NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming)
It all started when I was guiding a sunning and a palming experience to my family. We were on holidays, just by the sea, with our feet nearly touching the coming waves to the shore, enjoying the energy of the sun in our faces and when it ended, my brother, Enrique, said to me with such a happy and bright look in his eyes: “Sister, this is NLP what you are doing!!” I was so surprised this connection that he made that I wanted to learn more and enrolled in a NLP course in his school, to discover the meaning of his words. By learning about NLP I am fascinated how many connections I could find between Bates and NLP. NLP guides you through a deep understanding of yourself and the way you can interact with your inside and with others in such a powerful way that it can show you how to “see things differently”, how to change the way you think about yourself and about others. NLP helps to understand our own individual patterns and change them to enlace your own life. It helps you to discover how your beliefs can help or limit you and make any changes you need. It helps to overcome the effects of negative experiences and feel confident in whatever you do, among other things. And we thought that maybe, this could also contribute to find a way to start reversing our blurry vision or improving any other vision difficulty or to, unblock any unconscious behaviour or belief formed inside ourselves, that can interfere with the improvement. Dr. Bates was very aware of the connection between mind and eyes, and as he said, our thoughts, have a direct influence in our vision: “We cannot by any amount of effort make ourselves see, but by learning to control our thoughts we can accomplish that end indirectly” (“The cure of imperfect sight by treatment without glasses” Chapter X. Dr. Bates) Could we combine NLP and Bates Method to get better results in vision improvement? We are in our way, discovering together the effectiveness of NLP and Bates working together to create a way of being open to perception in an effortless way, and we´ll show you all about it!
 
Open Your Eyes
Barry Auchettl (Australia)
Barry Auchettl from Australia will present his vision of how to improve your eyesight, how to improve your Vision of Life, and how the two are connected. This talk goes beyond looking at the emotional aspects of Vision and goes deeper into the core issues of what is stopping us from seeing.
 
Bach Flower Remedies and Bates Method
Theresa McInnes (Scotland)

As you will know from my biography I am a Bach practitioner and teacher. In my presentation I will talk about Dr. Bach’s philosophy and share with you some of my own journey with DOCTORS BATES AND BACH.

In his book “the Bates Method’ Peter Mansfield on the very first page he states ‘eyesight is an important indicator of mental, emotional and physical health’, as you can imagine this jumped out at me as I was immediately able to consider my eyesight in in the context of these two amazing doctors. Dr. Bach believed that the outlook of the mind is the key to our progress in life.

I will introduce you to the remedies and give a a short presentation of a real life ‘Bach’ consultation.

 

Educating Vision through Sound
 

We all know about the Bates Method. We know through experience that Bates’ activities  give the correct stimuli to reactivate the basic functioning principles of our sight, as provided by Nature.

Many of us teach it to persons with various vision difficulties; when we do it correctly, persons practicing it always obtain positive results on their eyesight …. and even in other aspects of their life. But why does Bates Method work? What happens inside us when we practice it correctly? “Where” does it happen? These are questions that maybe not all of us have asked ourselves. But I got very interested in this.

In my presentation I will share with you my curiosity and my thinking about the deeper question, ‘how does the Bates Method work?’ how I began to investigate neuroscience to find out what it had to say about all the senses and how they integrate and from here I got interested in the relationship between sound and seeing.

 
My work with a multiply handicapped child
Daniela Matuchová (Slovak Republic)
In the lecture I would like to share my own experience with my multiply handicapped son who was born prematurely 9 years ago and suffers from cerebral palsy. Apart from the movement disabilities his eyesight is seriously impaired and knowledge of NVI principles facilitates my work with him. I combine the Bates method with the SCENAR therapy – special electrotherapy.
 
Natural Eyesight Improvement and HANDLE®
  1. What is the HANDLE modality:
    • The paradigm
    • The founder
    • What can we learn from behaviors
    • What elements of eyesight does HANDLE address
  2. The importance of the vestibular system in visual function
  3. The principle of Gentle Enhancement®: Why does it work?
  4. Recognizing changes in state: the subtle signs of stress