When I walk now, I have stunning vision. And it lasts hours, the entire time I am outdoors walking, whereas before I would have random moments of clearer vision lasting 5-10 minutes.
Through massage, self massage, and bodywork that I learned at Meir’s course in San Francisco and practice since, I have experienced something new in my body that is helping me to realize why I am experiencing something new with my eyes.
I have a bad habit of craning my neck forward and hunching my shoulders. All previous attempts to correct this didn’t work. I had always thought about good posture as hard work: holding myself up and pulling my shoulders back. It always felt uncomfortable and didn’t last long. I now realize the exact opposite approach is effective.
Good posture is about letting go, not holding up.
Here are the three bodywork practices that taught me to let go, not hold up:
1. Massage allows the muscles to let go very easily. It might be disappointing that the effect doesn’t last forever, but it teaches an important lesson if you are open to it. When the muscles are relaxed, the body assumes a good posture with less effort. Can’t afford a professional? Exchange shoulder, face and hand massages with a friend.
2. Self-massage can be used (albeit with some creativity and practice) to do the same more often and imprint the relaxed feeling in muscle memory again and again. The brain learns through repetition.
3. I am doing back exercises and full body stretches every day now as well to correct a kyphotic posture. Kinesthetic awareness is gained when exercising muscles gently in new ways and expanding their range of motion.
As a result of the above bodywork practices, when this hunched forward posture happens, I kinesthetically feel it happen. I notice that I’m actually pulling my shoulders forward, using tension to crane my neck forward, and feel that it is very uncomfortable. Instead of using more strain to pull myself into a better posture, I tune in to my body and let it go, back to where it wants to be. I am astounded to find that good posture is easy now and can even be maintained subconsciously.
The process of subconsciously maintaining better vision is similar
Through much face massage, sunning and palming, I have found a similar state of relaxation for my eyes as for my body. My whole face feels more open and receptive. My husband even remarked that my eyes look different. He described them now as brighter and they look as if they know where they are looking, whereas before he said he could tell that I sometimes wasn’t focussing.
When I’m out walking, the movement of the world going by assists my already relaxed eyes in simply letting go. As a result, I see more clearly, without effort. I have always had depth perception but the view now is stunningly 3D. I don’t consciously ask the eye to look in the distance or look for details (although those types of practices are still helpful as a formal practice to continue discovering new ways to improve). My eyes seek detail on their own and then my brain becomes aware of the detail! I spontaneously become aware of a beautiful pattern in brickwork or a flower petal without realizing I was looking for anything. This is a new and wonderful experience for me.
It’s a subtle point, and the experience is probably unique for everyone. For example, it would be difficult to describe how I feel the muscles in my forehead and scalp tensing up and impossible to explain how I let those muscles go. This kinesthetic awareness also doesn’t happen overnight. But with patience, it should be possible for others to take a similar path and have their own unique revelations.
Experience kinesthetic awareness through bodywork first. This is easier and beneficial for the whole body including the vision. Then find ways to deeply relax the visual system and be aware of the feeling of this relaxation. Do this often as a formal practice and be aware of the improved vision at these times. This is positive feedback for the visual system, and it will respond in this new way automatically more and more often.