Meir Schneider, PhD. LMT, was born with cataracts and other serious vision problems to deaf parents. After five unsuccessful surgeries on the lenses of his eyes, which left them shattered and filled with scar tissue, doctors pronounced his condition hopeless and he was certified permanently legally blind. He performed his reading and schoolwork in Braille. Inside, he never relinquished his dream of gaining sight.
At age 17, Meir learned the Bates Method of eye exercises. He practiced them with a diligence that probably no one had ever applied to them before, up to 13 hours a day, undeterred by the opposition and skepticism of family and physicians. To this he added his own regimen of self-massage and movement.
Learning to See
Within six months, he could recognize visual objects for the first time in his life; within 18 months, he could read print without glasses, holding the paper a few inches from his nose. Today, he holds a current unrestricted California driver’s license, and his vision continues to improve. From 20/2000 (able to see from one foot what a normally sighted person sees from 100 feet) to 20/60 (70% of normal vision)!
Sharing his Vision with Others
During his recovery process, while still a teenager, Meir began to help others with a wide range of degenerative conditions, such as polio, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis.
He found that the same principles which enabled him to gain functional eyesight could be applied to the entire body.
His discoveries led to the creation of the Meir Schneider Method of Self-Healing through Bodyworkand Movement, helping tens of thousands of people with serious physical and visual conditions worldwide.
An internationally respected therapist and educator, Meir is the founder and director of the School for Self-Healing in San Francisco, the author of The Natural Vision Improvement Kit, Movement for Self-Healing, Yoga for Your Eyes, Meir Schneider’s Miracle Eyesight Method, Self-Healing: My Life and Vision and the principal author of The Handbook of Self-Healing. He was awarded a PhD in the Healing Arts for his work with muscular dystrophy.
In 2007 Meir was honored by Israel, named as one of the “Top Ten Most Inspirational Israelis” worldwide. In the fall of 2010 Meir Schneider was honored by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom with a Certificate of Honor for his tireless efforts and a lifetime dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals with both visual and physical limitations.
Healthcare visionary, pioneer therapist, international health educator, author, Dr. Schneider continues to develop his unique therapeutic healthcare system providing solutions for a variety of physical and visual disorders often considered beyond medical help.
A YouTube channel featuring television programs and videos of Meir Schneider.
Teaching and Speaking
Sponsors of Meir Schneider’s speaking engagements worldwide include universities, hospitals, rehabilitation centers and medical, nursing and massage schools; professional associations and offices of doctors, optometrists, vision educators, chiropractors, occupational and physical therapists, nurses and massage therapists; national and international health-related conferences; bookstores and libraries; civic groups, seniors groups, patient support groups, service groups for the disabled, and more.
Teaching Engagements in U.S. include
Ongoing training classes in the Meir Schneider Method of Self-Healing through Bodywork and Movement; training classes for Natural Vision Improvement Educators, specialized workshops and retreats: Yoga For the Eyes, Movement for Self-Healing, Overcoming Repetitive Strain Injuries, Overcome Spine Problems and Build a Healthy Back; School for Self-Healing (SSH), San Francisco, CA
Ongoing weekly Public Service free Thursday Night Lectures, community healthcare classes, SSH, SF, CA
Ongoing Public Service free lectures: Natural Vision Improvement , Movement for Self-Healing, Wellness in the Workplace throughout the SF Bay Area- hospitals, bookstores, schools, libraries, patient support groups, spas
Esalen Institute, annual Awaken Your Power to Create Health and Vitality workshops, Big Sur, CA, annual workshops, Big Sur, CA
California Institute for Integral Studies, classes on natural vision improvement and building a healthy back
National and State Conferences of the American Massage Therapy Association, presentations on Natural Vision Improvement, Overcoming Paralysis and Spine problems, Overcoming Repetitive Strain Injure
The North American Conference(s) on Natural Vision Improvement, Keynote speaker; co-sponsor with the University of San Francisco
University of California at San Francisco Medical Center, annual Natural Vision Improvement
workshops for faculty and students
International Teaching Engagements include
Brazil– Ongoing trainings in Meir Schneider Method of Self-Healing through Bodywork and Movement; Training classes for Natural Vision Improvement Educators; lectures and workshops for ophthalmologists and physiotherapists and other professionals, as well as for the public, annually since 1993
Israel– Workshops and trainings annually since 1986
United Kingdom– Workshops and trainings annually since 1988
Germany and Portugal, International Conferences of Holistic Vision, Keynote presentations
Mexico, Australia, Canada, Curacao, Germany, Hungary and Portugal: Lectures and workshops