Attended by Bates method teachers, NVI practitioners, visual trainers,
holistic practitioners, as well as by opticians, ophthalmologists, orthopticians,
osteopaths, psychotherapists and all those willing to take their vision
in their own hands.
One of the main issues of this conference was to introduce italian practitioners
to important contributions already been made during previous international
conferences (Virginia beach, Berlin, Paris) or available in Internet.
Another one was to help different kinds of approaches to meet each other
So it was an italian conference meant for Italians. All the presentations
were completely written down and translated into italian; no translations
were made into other languages (this may change in the future, though).
This conference's main topic was Vision and Emotions (Last year was Vision
& space perception). And it turned out to be a very involving and moving
experience for all participants. At the end of the conference an informal
panel was created to investigate means and ways to establish a national
association of vision educators, to promote the Bates method and other natural
approaches to eyesight improvement.
Here is a brief commentary on lectures, Presentations and papers
Vision and Emotions. People with imperfect sight are toned between
a conscious effort to see and unconscious negative emotions associated to
good vision. Every practitioner, specially those trained psychologically
immediately detect "resistance" in their clients about seeing
and being seen, seeing and express emotions. Going through these themes
is a great opportunity for personal growth as well as the basis of vision
improvement. Pier Luigi Lattuada (Psychotherapist and one of the first to
introduce NVI in Italy) has particularly touched these issues in his workshop
and his presentation. Also Daniela Giovati (orthoptician and Bates), Marisa
Martinelli (Psychotherapist and NVI), Antonella Adorisio (Jungian psychoanalyst)
introduced this theme from different angles.
Vision and posture. Gianni Bazzani is the man who introduced posturology
in Italy, by translating the works of B. Bricot. Posturology is a medical
branch and is better known in France and not so in USA and UK: pity, because
it can be a bridge between osteopathy, craniosacral, Bates and orthodox
ophthalmology. On a similar line we reintroduced Peter Grunwald's work.
To Bates and craniosacral was devoted the presentation of Lydia Cattani.
Pinholes (here called Rasterbrille, in the German way) They can
find many different uses is vision recovery. Laura Canepa (orthoptician)
reported on this, but many interesting points came also in the presentations
of Daniela Giovati and Peter Mansfield.
Serious conditions of the eye Anna Corallo and Lydia Cattani talked
about their experience with near blindness. Also Tonino Casula had recovered
from legal blindness in a way similar to Meir Schneider and has become since
then an expert of visual perception. The study of Grace Halloran and the
essay of Sandra Merideth where also introduced..
Together with Rosemary Gaddun also Giorgio Ferrario (Bates, science of
movement) stresses the importance of awareness and being centered in
the process of vision recovery, and also Daniela Giovati and Pierluigi Lattuada
pointed at the same issue..
Breath and vision were introduced by Margherita Martani and Susanne
Maurizio Cagnoli (Buena Vista) introduced Ray Gottlieb's approach about
Bruno Feldman demonstrated that in the accommodation controversy,
even among the ranks of ophthalmology there are different theories, some
of which congruent with Bates'.This document is available at Documents
Everybody has been involved by Giuseppe Urselli in his original Tai
Ji for vision .
Seminars and Workshops
Pierluigi Lattuada (. A) " Vision and Emotions ".
Giuseppe Urselli (B) Tai Ji for vision "
Tonino Casula (C) "Two eyes better than one"
List of lectures and presentations
Adorisio Antonella Seeing and been seen
Banker Deborah Simple acupressure points for eyesight
Bazzani Gianni, How far do eyes reach...in the body?
Canepa laura If Bates had the rasterbrille
Casula Tonino You learn to see just like you learn to ride on a bicycle
Cattani Lydia Vision , relaxation and meditation.
Corallo Anna Talkin' about my eyes
Feldman Bruno History of accommodation theories
Ferrario Giorgio Being present to oneself and eyesight improvement
Gaddun Gordon Rosemary Reptilian brain, dissociation and seeing from
Giovati Daniela "That's my secret We only see well through the heart.
The essence is invisible to the eyes "(S. Exupery)
Gottlieb Ray Presbyopia reduction
Grunwald Peter The eye- body reflexes
Halloran Grace Integrated therapeutic approach in serious conditions
of the eyes
Harpner Susanne Breath and the dry eye syndrome
Kiesling David Difficulties in accepting the Bates method
Lattuada Pierluigi Think without mind, see with no eyes
Mandolini Massimo Biofeedback and vision
Mansfield Peter The School of Vision Education approach Case studies
Martani Margherita Experiences of Vivation and vision improvement
Martinelli Marisa Psychological resistance to vision recovery
Merideth Sandra Cone power
Whiteford Aileen Personal journaling and vision improvement
All the above in Italian can be ordered by mail (€ 20,00)
Some documents from the first and second conference are beeing translated
into english, thanks to Max Mandolini. Go to Documents
3rd. conference of holistic vision in Italy
21, 22, 23, 24 May 2004, in Florence. For the moment only a report
in italian is available
tel +39 0765 608283 fax 0765 608200 (Maurizio Cagnoli)
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