May 22, 2023

Press Kit


Meir Schneider

School for Self-Healing

From blindness to driving a car

Meir Schneider

Pioneer, Author, Educator, Therapist, Founder of the School for Self-Healing

Meir Schneider was born with cataracts and had five unsuccessful surgeries declaring him legally blind. As a teen, he developed an original self-healing approach of exercises to naturally improve vision and increase brain flexibility. This helped him to increase his vision from 1% to 70%. He can now read, write, and drive.

Through his own healing journey, developing his vision exercises, Meir discovered that the same principles, by which he gained functional vision, could also be applied to the entire body and to the needs of other people. In addition to vision, he developed bodywork and movement exercises leading to pathways to overall health.

“The first step toward making the world a better place must be to improve everyone’s health. The only way to rid humanity of disease is for each person to become healthy. That process involves becoming our own healers. When we are free from preoccupation with painful or ailing bodies, we can focus our attention on deepening our awareness.”

This transformational experience led to the Meir Schneider Method of Self-Healing through Bodywork and Movement: a holistic health rehabilitation and prevention system. It trains us to use muscles and joints in a balanced way by isolating muscle groups, relaxing chronically overused muscles, stimulating brain-body neural connections, and—most importantly— enhancing circulation. Leading to the growth of new brain cells, overcoming injuries, reducing paralysis, and improving vision to the extent that glasses are not needed.


Meir Schneider’s Self-Healing Method combines breathing, unique bodywork, movement, and visualization techniques that can help anyone to become more aware of their body and be empowered to take charge of their own healing.

Meir in Hebrew means ‘giving light’ while the Hebrew translation of the book Vision for Life translates to ‘giving light to the eyes’. Meir has given light to countless people by helping them with their vision problems. In many cases, people who could not drive could drive after meeting with him.

His bodywork helped those who suffered from a wide range of degenerative conditions such as polio, muscular dystrophy, and multiple sclerosis.

Looking at distance

He has helped people overcome computer stress syndrome, nearsightedness (myopia), and prevent macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, retinal detachment, and other vision problems.

The School for Self-Healing

In 1980, Meir founded the School for Self-Healing, a non-profit center in San Francisco, California, that offers educational programs, teaching people to realize their potential, improve their health, and overcome their disabilities. The demand for this teaching has grown internationally. Schools like Meir’s were formed in Brazil and Israel and classes are taught in many other countries.

With more than 120,000 clinical hours over the past fifty-two years, Meir has helped countless people with back problems, arthritis, joint problems, neurological problems, and vision problems, helping people to see clearly without their glasses. Through ongoing lectures, Meir teaches the complex interconnectedness of the body’s systems and how the forces exerted on our internal system via movement, relaxation, and exercise can heal us. Meir teaches worldwide, and people come from all over the world to his School by Ocean Beach, San Francisco.

Several books

Meir Schneider is the author of several books, including Vision for Life, Movement for Self-Healing, Yoga for Your Eyes, and Awakening Your Power of Self-Healing. His books are translated into twenty different languages: Hungarian, Chinese, Czech, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, German, Lithuanian, Hebrew…


He has been recognized locally and internationally for his work.

  • Named one of the Top Ten Most Inspirational Israelis Worldwide, 2007
  • Mayor Gavin Newsom (now the governor of California) – Certificate of honor by the City of San Francisco, for his tireless efforts dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals with physical limitations, 2010
  • Willie Lewis Brown, Mayor of San Francisco (who was Speaker of the California Assembly), Proclamation of the county of San Francisco for the Vision Awareness Weeks in San Francisco, 2003
  • Jew of the week – American Jews, March 2013

Meir Schneider was featured in 2016 in Neuroscientist Norman Doidge’s book The Brain’s Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity (Doidge’s 2nd book), Chap. 6: A Blind Man Learns to See, Penguin Books, p. 206

Meir would love to have you host him on your show!


“I have read your book and I would like to thank you for “Vision for Life”. This book has changed my life. My eyesight is improved. Now I can see properly without my heavy glasses. This is really a great experience of my life. I have recommended your book to other people who were suffering from weak eyesight and other problems related to eyes. They find these workouts are very useful. They also feel improvement in their eyes.” Krishan, from India

“I was diagnosed with AION (Anterior ischemic optic neuropathy, lack of blood flow to the optic nerve which destroys nerve cells and create blindness partial or complete) and the medical doctors had advised me to apply for a Seeing Eye dog before I met you and took 9 double-sessions. There are a few eye exercises I do every night which seemed to have improved my eyesight. I regained much of my peripheral vision and I have been driving these past four years around 10,000 miles a year. Try to not drive more than an hour at a time and minimize my night time driving in major rainstorms. Every night without fail I use battery strobe lights and an eye patch with a small hole in it to wake up my eye sensors. With reading glasses I can read just about anything and work on contracts for my profession. I can read most street signs without glasses… Every few days I go on a 20-30 min walk with an eye patch covering my stronger eye to build up the weaker eye. My goal this year is to ski down an intermediate slope with the patch covering my strong eye. The past few years I have gone back to snow skiing, doing the expert runs, not fast, but in control on very steep ski slopes. I have been riding my road bike up Mt. Diablo, and take it at 20 miles an hour coming down the mountain. Feel very safe. I also bowled a 180 a few games ago… an amazing recovery.” Jeffrey

“I am a former student of Meir’s. Last time I spoke with Meir I was just starting school. I have not touched corrective lenses the entire time during my 4-year doctoral program!” Laura

“I have just completed the set of five webinars. I have also previously read Meir Schneider’s book on vision improvement. They are inspirational and have inspired me to take improving my eyesight seriously.” David


Meanwhile, some conventional doctors who have great credibility have praised his techniques because they saw results that far exceeded their expectations.

“I’ve had eye problems since age seven, and decided after all this time (I’m 34 now) to change the situation. I heard about Meir Schneider, PhD’s method and I decided to travel to San Francisco all the way from Ottawa, Canada to take the Level One course. I greatly enjoyed the Segment A and B classes, improving my knowledge as a physician and as a teacher. My sense of touch greatly improved; I healed my chronic back pain; I see more clearly; and I’ve become better able to appreciate the joy and beauty of life. I recommend this course to anyone who is involved with the healing process.”

—Jean Marc Benoit, M.D., Certificant in Canadian College of Family Practice

“Meir’s method is effective as a complementary physical therapy for the eyes.”

—Emília Ritsuko Yasuoka Assad, ophthalmologist and acupuncturist

“As an engineer I value knowledge that can be applied and is useful. Meir gave me just that kind of knowledge during his six day course on naturally improving the eyesight. My prescription at the start of the course was at -7.00 with a 0.75 adjustment for a slight case of astigmatism. By using this new found knowledge my prescription is now -3.50 and the astigmatism is gone, which took me 8 months to achieve. My plan is to be done with glasses completely in a year; if not sooner! Meir, thank you for helping me reclaim the gift of sight….for life!”

—Manny Muro, engineer, Oregon

“Meir Schneider has miraculously found his vision, and he can help you to find yours. His approach is transformative.”

—Jacob Liberman, OD, PhD, author of Light: Medicine of the Future & Take off your Glasses and See

“The plasticity and potential of the visual system is continuously being explored and redefined. Old notions give way to new potentials. Meir Schneider addresses these issues in his clinical work with patients with various visual problems. His reflections and theories are worth consideration and critical review.”

—Creig S. Hoyt, M.D., Professor and Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology, UCSF

“I have been impressed with the work of Meir Schneider for many years having personally seen improvements in patients’ vision of those who have worked with him.
The ability of the visual system to adapt and regain function is still full of mysteries. Through Meir’s work, we are finding some of those mysteries to be realities.”

—August L Reader III, M.D., F.A.C.S., Clinical 1 Professor of Ophthalmology California Pacific Medical Center


April 24, 2020

March 2019

The Women’s Millionnaire Magazine

Experience L!fe – Mo Perry interviewed Meir Schneider

Trust Yourself and Improve your Vision Exercises for Improve your vision

A Closer look at Eye Health (collective)


Dec. 2018

July 21 2017

May/June 2017

Massage & Bodywork magazine

Massage & Bodywork magazine

Carpal tunnel

Getting a Healthy Back
Moving out of Paralysis
Preservation – Back Pain Need Not Be an Occupational Hazard for MTs
Preventing Back Strain

October 12, 2016

May 2016

April 23, 2014

October 1, 2013

Ask John Eakes

Sunset Beacon

San Jose Mercury News (Pacifica Tribune)

Healing techniques for eyes and hands
School’s Founder Creates Tools for Staying Healthy
Bay Area School Launches “Movement for Self-Healing”
Florey’s book signing Once blind, author Meir Schneider teaches how to improve vision

September 10, 2013

December 2012

October 2010
June 1, 2010

May 10, 2010

August 28, 2007

June 12, 2006

June 15, 2003

Spring 1999

Wellness Feed Positive Health Positive Health Care2Natural News
Yoga Journal
East Bay Times (Bay Area News Group) By Carry Caine SFGate By Joshunda Sanders, chronicle staff writer Kindred Spirit Magazine, issue 46
by Meir Schneider and Carol Gallup

Praise for the Work of Meir Schneider (8 parts)
Self-Healing Around the Globe – Meir Schneider Courageous Pioneer Natural Vision Improvement for Children and Adults
Healing Your Eyes Naturally
Look at Medicine and its Cross-Eyed View of Nearsightedness Exercises for the Eyes
Self-Healer was blind, but now he teaches
Exercising your Eyes
Wellness for the Eyes

January/Feb. 1997 November/Dec. 1996

Massage Magazine
Massage Magazine
Massage Magazine, no 64
by Meir Schneider and Carol Gallup

Love of Movement
Moving Out of Back Problems
That Person in the Wheelchair Needs Your Touch

Television appearances

Meir Schneider appeared to the television in diverse countries as Brazil, Canada, Greece, Israel, Italy and United Kingdom:

Athens (Greece)


Telecolor (Italy)

Speciale Laboratorio Salute TV Show la cura naturale degli occhi with Loretta Gregori col-metodo-bates/


Counscious TV (UK)

My Life and Vision Interviewed by Iain McNay


Vancouver (Canada)

TV Thathi, Santos (Brazil)


Rede Globo, Sao Paulo (Brazil)

Mais Voce with Ana Maria Brago

2002, 2003, 2009


Top Ten Most Inspirational Israelis Worldwide


Radio interviews

Meir Schneider is regularly interviewed on Pacifica Radio:

  • KPFA, Berkeley, CA In Conversation with Host Veronica Faisant (Renee Kemp) and Your Own Health and Fitness with Layna Berman
  • WBAI, New York Cty, Health Action, Kathy Davis
  • WPFW, Washington D.C.
    • Marsha Coleman Adebayo, What’s at stake (latest interview on June 24 2020)
    • Dr. Ted Watkins, The Sunyatta Amen Show and To Your Health (latest on March 27 2023)
    • Joni Eisenberg, To Heal DC

Interviews on different radio station:

UK Health Radio

104,3FM 820AM Rio Claro, Brazil

Rádio Aparecida, catholic – July 18 2018

KSCO 1080 AM Santa Cruz, Ca

Rockelle and MC

KKSF 910 AM Oakland, Ca

Health Revolution Radio with Dr. Abaci

KSTE 650 Sacramento, Ca

The Wide World of Health with Cary Nosler

KECG 88.1 San Francisco, Ca

Interview with Lauretta Cook

KEST 1450 AM San Francisco, Ca

Interview with Dr. Len Saputo

KLGO 98.5 Austin, TX

The Good News Health Show with Bill Swail

KLBJ 590 AM Austin, TX

Healthy Choices with Ray Solano

WBNR 910 AM New York

When Health Matters with Dr. Richard Huntoon

Some interviews in Community Radio

KPFZ 88.1 Lakeport, Ca

Earth Wise Radio with Chloe Karl, Lake County Community Radio

KVMR 89.5 Nevada City, Ca

Interview with Helena McDaniels

KKUP 91.5 San Jose, Ca

Tazz and Paula Show with Tazz Powers and Paula Nunes The New Medicine Show with Adam Atman

Meir was interviewed in several blog talk, for example:

  • A Quest of Wellbeing with Valeria Teles
  • Insights with host Al Diaz, Living La Vida Healthy with host Lydia Proschinger
  • America Meditating Radio with Sister Jenna
  • HealthMediaNoq with host Denise Messenger
  • Living and Thriving with host Rustie MacDonald
  • Peoples RX Radio with host Bill Swail
  • Interview with host Alicia for RawSynergy TV
  • Interview with Dr. Saputo on
  • BBS Radio Conscious Thought hosted by Magdalena Winkler