I used to wear glasses for nearly twenty years. When I was on maternity leave with my first child I discarded the glasses and after some time I realized that my eyesight improved spontaneously. So, I found out that the vision can be improved.
When I gave birth to my second child, he was born prematurely and as a result suffers from cerebral palsy and is visually impaired. I was looking for any possibilities to help him and finally I found the Bates Method.
I finished the Bates Method teacher training at the Bates College of Vision Education in 2013. In January 2014, I started my own business. I combine the Bates Method with SCENAR Therapy - special electrotherapy, that combines the most up-to-date electronic technology with the ancient healing art of the East.
My professional background is in graphic design, a field where good vision and perfect colour perception are a necessity. Natural vision improvement became an interest of mine early on, because I had worn glasses as a child - starting as a toddler up to the age of 14 - for far-sightedness and convergent squint (esophoria).
But like most kids with glasses, I felt socially awkward and hated not being able to see perfectly. Not only did the blur increase after wearing them, but I was also mercilessly teased in school. And it was dangerous to wear them while playing sports. So I wore the glasses as little as possible.
I began trying the Bates Method in the hopes of getting rid of my glasses. And it worked. As a result of practicing the method from a book on my own and playing handball (hand-eye coordination), my eye doctor eventually declared that my “vision was normal and that I wouldn’t need my glasses anymore”. Moreover, I went from being a geeky ugly duckling (at least in my mind) with no friends, to very slowly becoming more confident and social, which in turn led to greater popularity. Life and death for a teen-age girl! By the time I started college, I was a new person. And, my new-found confidence ultimately helped me land a design job with one of the top advertising firms in Germany.
Much later, I decided to formally study the Bates Method and enrolled at the College of Vision Education in London, UK. In early 2010, I became a certified Bates Method Teacher. During the training, I started to teach in a low-cost vision clinic in London, as well as my own practice and have helped many people since improve their vision.
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Nina Hutchings, Aix-en-Provence, France
At around 42 my vision for the near distance deteriorated and having read a little about the Bates Method, I found a teacher, Brigitte Cavadias from whom I learned the Bates Method for almost 2 years and resolved my presbyopia and greatly improved my astigmatism in my right eye. I decided to train as a Bates Method teacher with Peter Mansfield and Margaret Montgomery in 1997 in London.
I have been a full-time Bates teacher in Aix-en-Provence, France where I live ever since, running workshops and giving individual sessions. I ran workshops in Switzerland in collaboration with an Alexander Teacher and still run them in Spain. I am currently member of the Bates Method Teacher Training Course team in Madrid.
With Brigitte Cavadias, we founded the French Bates Method Teacher Training Course in 2011 the format of which is based on the British Bates Teacher Training.
In the course of my natural vision improvement teaching I trained in Somatic Experiencing (S.E. Peter Levine), a body-oriented therapeutique technique for trauma resolution. I had been confronted with a number of vision problems linked to past trauma and needed a means to accompany my clients in the reorganisation of an autonomous nervous system (ANS) disorganised by a traumatic event. Somatic Experiencing is very effective in bringing back to movement what was frozen in the body and the ANS. The connection with the Bates Method is very helpful as the latter has the same objective, to bring mobility and ease to ocular movement in order to see better.
I also trained more recently in Rééquilibrage Neurosensoriel et Moteur with Marie-Claude Maisonneuve in Paris. This method is a means of accompanying children and adults in the integration of their primitive reflexes and the reduction of their sensorial hypersensitivity very often found in children with learning difficulties, attention deficit and behavioural problems.
I found when working with children in particular, behind their visual deterioration was a problem of balance and coordination and as long as their vestibular stability was insecure, their visual stability would be affected.
All three methods have one objective in common - returning a system back to easy and relaxed mobility. It is through movement that we see. It is the natural movement of life that is the result of coming out of the Freeze of a traumatic state. It is through movement we live.