Bates Method Principles of Eyesight Improvement: Swinging

You can prove to yourself that swinging not only improves vision, but also alleviates aches and fatigue.

Stand with your feet separated about 12 inches, looking straight ahead at one of the side walls of your house. Lift your left heel a short distance from the floor as you twist your shoulders, head and eyes to the right until your shoulders are parallel to the wall. Now twist your body towards the left after placing your left heel on the ground, and lift up your right heel.  Alternate looking from the right wall to the left wall, and avoid moving your head and eyes as you move your shoulders.

When swinging is practiced in a way that is easy, continuous, effortless and without paying attention to the objects that are moving in the background, you will instantly notice that it relaxes and alleviates tension in your muscles and nerves. (Remember, however, that the shorter the distance you are able to swing, the greater will be your improvement).

Stationary objects move as you change speed. Objects that are close and directly in front of you appear to move with the speed of a very fast train, and should be very blurry.  It is very important not to try to see clearly these objects at very fast movements.

Swinging seems to be specially beneficial to people who suffer tension during sleep.  Practicing it fifty times or more before going to bed and immediately after getting up in the morning has prevented and relieved ocular tension  during sleep.