I first experienced the Bates Method of natural eyesight improvement as a ’body’ (a person that a student practises on) for a student friend. It was only later when I started to have pains in my eyes, light bothered me and I realised I wasn’t seeing as clearly as I had been that I decided to look up my friend’s Bates Method teacher Miss Evelyn Sage and made an appointment to see her.
Miss Sage suggested that I had been under a great deal of strain both mentally and physically – which was true - and that I could do something about it if I was willing to listen to what she was going to tell me. What a difference palming made to my poor eyes and with the various other basic lessons over time my eyes became more and more comfortable. The pain and blurring went away and whatever I looked at was sharp and clear.
My teacher was 84 years old when I first had lessons, and at that point, there were only about 5 people in Britain teaching the Bates Method. I felt that the Bates Method knowledge shouldn’t die out so I readily said ‘yes’ when asked if I would like to learn how to teach. This was the start of my becoming a Bates Method teacher - and I have never looked back.
TEACHING THE BATES METHOD to use for every day life
Since qualifying as a Bates Method teacher in 1985 I have taught thousands of clients from the ages of 3 to 95 with all types of vision difficulties and pathologies and from all walks of life.
Over the years my way of teaching the Bates Method has developed with a deeper understanding of how unique everyone’s learning and experience of life is. I bear this in mind as I teach my clients to recognise strain and be able to apply the principles of the Bates method in their own unique way throughout the day.
I assisted Peter Mansfield with his Bates College and School of Vision Education and I am currently co-director of the College of Vision education training Bates Method vision teachers. Over the years we have trained students from many countries such as Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Slovakia, Switzerland, USA as well as Britain. I have co-organised the British Natural Eyesight Conferences. At the biennial International Holistic Vision Conferences I have given presentations and workshops. I currently teach in Loughton Essex, Felden near Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, Exeter, Devon, Clevedon, Somerset, Hook near Basingstoke and Reading Hampshire.
I work with children, teenagers, and adults of all ages. I teach one-to-one, and with families, or groups. These can be individual lessons for one hour or longer intensives. I also give advice and can arrange mini workshops for schools and workplaces on the prevention of eyestrain especially with the use of computers and hand held screen devices.
"I first became interested in the Bates Method after attending a workshop taught by Peter Mansfield in Manchester. After this I joined the teacher training course he ran in London with Margaret Montgomery. I benefitted from the method and wanted to continue. I didn't wear glasses for a long time and I probably would have without the Bates Method. Now I use glasses sometimes as a tool and I experience some macular degeneration. I was a primary school teacher for over 20 years and I enjoy and am good at teaching. I like to help people. I have been teaching the Bates Method on and off since I trained as a teacher. I currently practice in Lancaster and Nantwich."
Since qualifying in 1994 as a Bates teacher, I have worked with thousands of clients and most eye conditions.
I trained in the classical approach at the Bates College with Peter Mansfield and Margaret Montgomery, and founded the London Bates Centre in 1996. In addition to my London practice, I also manage a clinic in the Midlands.
This holistic approach is suitable for all ages and types of eye problems. Many people find working with natural vision improvement techniques benefit not only their eyes, but also generalhealth.