Meir Schneider, P.h.D., L.M.T.,
Meir was born with cataracts and other serious vision problems, to deaf parents. After five unsuccessful surgeries as a child 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. The boy performed his reading and schoolwork in Braille. Inside, he never relinquished his dream of gaining sight.
At age 17, he began a rigorous regimen of the Bates Method of eye exercises.Meir practiced up to 13 hours a day, undeterred by the opposition and skepticism of family and physicians. He created and added his own system of self-massage and movement. Within six months, he could recognize visual objects for the first time in his life; within 18 months, he could read print without glasses, holding the paper a few inches from his nose. His vision continued to improve, and today he holds a current unrestricted California driver’s license. From 20/2000 (the ability to see from one foot what a normally sighted person can see from a hundred feet) to 20/60 (70 percent of normal)!
During his recovery process he began to understand the connection between the tensions in his body with the level of progress he experienced in his vision. Overcoming blindness was only possible by simultaneously practicing specific eye exercises, self-massage and the movement exercises he created, interwoven to stimulate and develop new pathways to sight and overall health. And while still only a teenager, people suffering from a wide range of degenerative conditions, such as polio, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis, heard of his remarkable accomplishment and sought him out. 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.
Founder of the San Francisco based non-profit School for Self-Healing; Dr. Schneider teaches Self-Healing Principles and Method across the US and internationally. Two sister schools/associations are established in Brazil and Israel. Through individual therapy, educational programs (lectures, workshops, trainings), publications and the Internet, Meir Schneider’s innovative holistic approach to optimal wellness for the body and eyes improves the lives of millions around the world.