December 6, 2008

About Us

History of the School For Self-Healing

In 1980, Meir founded the School for Self-Healing, a nonprofit center in San Francisco, California, that offers educational programs through which people can improve their vision as well as other physical disabilities; it has grown to include two sister schools/associations in Brazil and Israel. During more than 120,000 clinical hours over the past forty-two years, Meir has helped countless people to prevent blindness and conditions like glaucoma and cataracts. Through the school, Meir teaches the complex interconnectedness of the body’s systems and how the forces exerted on our internal systems via movement, relaxation, and exercise can heal us.

The School for Self-Healing offers lectures, workshops, private sessions, and training in the Meir Schneider Method of Self-Healing Through Bodywork and Movement. The School’s mission is to train individuals to Self-Heal. Self-Healing is a non-medical, holistic health prevention and rehabilitation system.

The Meir Schneider Method of Self-Healing Through Bodywork and Movement

The Meir Schneider Method of Self-Healing Through Bodywork and Movement empowers you to take charge of your own health and unlock the body’s ability to heal itself.

Self-Healing is body-mind work. The Self-Healing Method combines massage, movement and breathing education, visualization and, for those who need it, vision improvement training. The development of kinesthetic awareness is fundamental to Self-Healing.

The Self-Healing Method is comprehensive and integrated, combining movement education, therapeutic massage, self-massage, passive movement, gentle movement exercises, breathing, visualization, and vision training. These lessons are valuable for anyone who works as a healer, for anyone who seeks to overcome the limitations of an illness, and for everyone who seeks to cultivate and maintain good health.

The Meir Schneider Self-Healing Method is unique in its:

  • Emphasis on combining massage and movement equally
  • Inclusion of vision improvement work for those who need it
  • Detailed programs that meet the custom needs of the individual at a given time, to nurture specific organs or organ systems that are fragile or damaged
  • Client motivation, empowerment, and support groups

Melissa juggling to balance the use of her eyes

The Method overturns the unconscious expectations that program how we think, move, breathe, and see, and it teaches us new ways to move and live.

Learning to use muscles and joints in a more balanced way- by isolating muscle groups, enhancing circulation, using more muscles and relaxing chronically overused ones, and strengthening and stimulating brain-body neural connections- can address and prevent common degenerative and debilitating conditions that arise out of lifestyle, profession, injury, or serious health problems.

The Method is a unique approach that has helped many thousands of people make remarkable gains in health and function with a wide range of “incurable” conditions and injuries, including poor eyesight.

Computer users, cashiers, massage therapists and others have learned how to prevent and overcome repetitive strain injuries. Athletes and musicians have used Self-Healing to overcome injuries and enhance performance.

The Self-Healing method grew out of Meir Schneider’s experience in overcoming his own congenital blindness as a teenager.  A former Braille user, Meir now reads normally and has an unrestricted driver’s license.

Self-Healing teaches us how to listen to our bodies and respond.

Applying the many tools and techniques of Self-Healing, we create a more relaxed, balanced use of the body – and the eyes – which can bring about dramatic improvement.

Self-Healing is above all an educational process.

The client becomes an active, inventive partner of the therapist.  Support groups, private sessions, and books and tapes are available to teach and support the Self-Healing Method.

Helping Reverse the Progress of Degenerative Disease

Many thousands of clients of the Meir Schneider Self-Healing Method have experienced their own capacity to bring about health and recovery. They have reversed the progress of a host of degenerative conditions, including:

  • Vision problems, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, cross-eye, lazy eye, double vision, glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, retinal detachment, retinitis pigmentosa, retinitis of prematurity, diabetic retinopathy, optic nerve problems, nystagmus and others
  • Arthritis and other joint problems
  • Carpal tunnel and other overuse syndromes
  • Circulatory problems, including high and low blood pressure and heart disease
  • Breathing problems including asthma, cystic fibrosis, and emphysema
  • Disorders of the nervous system, including multiple sclerosis, stroke, brain or spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, polio, and postpolio
  • Conditions affecting muscle, including muscular dystrophy and atrophy, trauma to muscle and related soft tissue and fibromyalgia
  • Colitis and other digestive problems
  • Chronic pain syndromes
  • Migraine and other headaches
  • Back pain and sciatica
  • Posture and spine problems, including herniated disk, scoliosis, kyphosis, and hyperlordosis
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Environmental insult
  • Depression
  • Repetitive Strain Injuries

Through individual therapy, educational programs, and publications, Meir’s innovative holistic approach to optimal wellness for the body and eyes continues to improve the lives of millions on a worldwide scale.