The Swings

Seeing movement is perhaps the single most important technique you can practise to help your eyesight.


One of the best ways of helping the eyes and mind to relax is to consciously allow perception of movement in the world around you. When your brain perceives movement, you effectively allow your visual experience to be unblocked – the movement itself is always there, just that we are usually not aware of it. However, consciously learning to perceive the movements that are ever present creates a healthier and more immediate connection between the eyes and the mind. In effect, seeing movement is a little like 'seeing reality.'

There are several variations on the Swing - each of them providing a slightly different emphasis, and thus a different experience and learning opportunity. In order of roughly increasing difficulty, they can be summarised as follows:

The Long Swing

The easiest to grasp and practise, good for beginners.

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The Prayer Swing

A powerful technique that makes great use of the imagination.

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The Head Swing

A more subtle swing that can be practised anywhere.

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The Optical Swing

A challenging swing that requires precise perception and simultaneous visual acceptance.

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The Drifting Swing

A swing that engages both the imagination and memory, a delightful experience.

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There are many variations on the swings, and it’s quite common for students to start making up their own variants. For beginners though it's best to start with the long swing. This technique is very effective in shifting visual habits.

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