Bates Method International

Bates Method International

Age: Early 40s Condition: Presbyopia

by Frances Makim

My main introduction to the Bates Method was an evening presentation given by Lizzie May and Kevin Wooding  I had seen a leaflet explaining how one could bring one's eyesight back to normal by exercising the eyes and this brought about my interest.  My eyesight was OK and I didn't wear glasses but I felt that it was fading.  My left eye pulled and I was unable to read very small print.  I was fascinated by the evening's presentation and really enjoyed the exercises and telephoned Lizzie for an appointment.

I work full time running an architectural and design practice with my husband.  I have done yoga training and teach yoga one evening a week.  My yoga has changed my life and continues to do so.  I was keen to look further into the Bates Method in order to pass onto my students my experience with the method of improving eyesight. 

The lessons are tailor-made to the client's requirements. My lessons went through sunning, palming, peripheral vision , games, swaying, swinging, 3D and colour.

  • The sunning and palming I do most lunchtimes for about 20 minutes and this makes me feel refreshed and I am able to tackle the afternoon with alertness and solidity.
  • Colours appear much brighter.
  • I am much more aware of my surroundings and far more irritated by mess.  We have started a reorganization of the office and are decorating the house.  The effects are very catching: my husband has caught the 'clear-up' bug.
  • When we worked on the peripheral vision exercises, I had a revelation: we are moving forward constantly, time is passing and we cannot reclaim even a second of that time once it has passed - it has gone forever.  Make the most of every minute, enjoy, don't look back with longing thoughts or misgivings, simply just learn from the past, move on and grow.
  • During the long swing, these rebellious feelings came over me, and a voice inside me said ' Don't take any more nonsense'.  I am a very giving person and I do let others put upon me.  I am now more assertive - I see situations for what they really are.
  • After working with 3D, I was sitting in the garden and suddenly realized I was seeing in real 3D - before everything looked less 3D -on one plane.  This was a really beautiful experience.  After a rather strenuous meeting driving home in the car one day, I realized everything was flat again.  I started to panic.  I tried to force the 3D into focus - it just would not come, then I realized I was straining and as soon as I relaxed the vision, the world jumped back into 3D.
  • My vision is changing my life.  I have found the outside world and nature completely overwhelming and quite hard to live with.  The world looks so fantastic, extremely beautiful - colours are just breathtaking.  The detail and  clarity I see is breathtaking.  I do not let myself see like this all the time because I cannot cope with the beauty, nature is so exquisite.  I do not feel worthy enough to see this beauty so I retreat into my dull vision.
  • I do think having lessons every two weeks was too frequent and I am finding it hard to adjust to my new eyes.  Three weekly may have been better - who knows- perhaps it is the accumulation of the opening up that has compounded and my brain needs time to catch up with my eyes.
  • My lessons were first thing on a Saturday morning, and after the lesson, I was very exhausted and felt I just needed to do nothing for the rest of the day.  Of course, with a family, this was impossible - not much time to assimilate the information.
  • I am truly learning to see life in a different way, to see what people are really about.
  • My yoga with the Bates Method has really moved me forward.  I have greater capacity that I ever had before.  Opportunities keep coming at me and I just keep accepting them and I can cope.  Life is full and very exciting.
  • No limits, no boundaries, no barriers, unconditional love, seeing life truly, seeing how things really are.. The Bates method has worked holistically for me.  It has changed my life and I thought I was going to eye exercise lessons WOW!!

 Frances Makim

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