Core techniques of the Bates Method

Core Techniques

There are many techniques in the Bates method and the pages listed below are just a small, but core set of practices that work well for most people. The techniques - often wrongly called 'eye exercises' - are simple observational practices that reawaken the eye and mind to the world around. They release the eyes, they relax the mind, and when approached in the right way, are great fun. If you find these hard to understand, working with a teacher of the method can be invaluable.

Relax . . . Your Eyes!

A 5 minute audio, first steps in eye and mind relaxation.

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Basic Principles

An overview of Bates Method Techniques and how they work to restore eyesight.

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The foundation for learning how to relax the eyes and mind.

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Sunning is the simple experience of light on the closed eyes

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The Swings

The Swings bring movement to the vision and mind.

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The Sway

The Sway is an excellent method for learning to see movement in the world.

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Colour Days

Perception of colour - the earliest experience of sight for every baby... revisited.

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The Eye Chart

A radical approach to the eye chart which turns it into a tool for relaxation.

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Eye Masks

Palming brings stillness to the head and eyes, while an eye mask can be used in both movement and stillness.

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There are many more techniques, but learning the above provides a solid foundation for understanding and benefiting from the method. For beginners it's best to start with Palming, and for all techniques guidance from a teacher can set you on the right path.

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