Essential Technique: Palming Survey Results

Palming Survey Results - 3/19/2008

Title of the online survey posted at this website over the last 3 weeks:
PALMING - What are your experiences?
Choose all that apply:

Raw Results



  Palming is not helpful


  Palming is somewhat helpful


  Palming is very helpful




  Palming relaxes me


  Palming sharpens my vision, at least for a moment




  I am unsure how to palm


  I know how to palm




  I can't find time to palm


  I palm rarely or never


  I palm sometimes, not every day


  I palm at least once per day


  I want to palm more than I do now





1. Most people report that:

    Palming is helpful  79%
    Know how to palm 65%
    Palm at least sometimes  69%
    Want to palm more  62%

2. Only 1 in 50 people said palming is not helpful

    The true number could be higher since 19% of respondents did
    not choose one of the 3 levels of helpfulness in the survey.
    It may be worthwhile for that/those person(s) to explore
    palming further, but some people succeed with the Bates
    Method without liking or using palming.

3. Only a third (37%) said palming sharpens vision

    Ideally we want to get at least a brief flash of clearer vision
    each time we palm!
    Only 33% said that palming is very helpful.
    Only 59% said palming relaxes them. By contrast, most people
    find palming helpful in workshops, where we emphasize not
    trying to do it right, and never straining to relax!

4. 61% said they want to palm more than they do now

    Impressive that 25% palm at least once per day!
    Only 8% said they can’t find time to palm
    Only 14% said they rarely or never palm

5. Other Comments

    Just 1 in 20 site visitors responded to the survey; the
    sampling is likely skewed toward people more actively
    practicing the Bates Method.
    Please consider that there are a million ways to add strain
    to this wonderful, relaxing technique. If you do not get at least
    a short burst of clarity from palming, consider letting your
    hands and fingers relax more, breathe more deeply, keep
    looking for ways to drop your habitual strain patterns.
    If you don’t find palming relaxing it will be of no use. So,
    make some adjustments before you continue. It is worth a lot
    to make yourself comfortable. Don't multi-task! Read the other
    articles about palming on this website and explore each of
    the relaxing methods they discuss. Ask yourself this question:
    “Why do I find it so hard to let go?” Wait for a real answer from
    your heart, breathe, and try a fresh approach.
    Want to palm more? Consider the option of palming frequently
    for just a couple of minutes, several times through the day. Or
    consider palming with one of guided palming or guided
    visualization tracks on our CD programs.
    Want to delve in to the art and science of palming? Again,
    please try our CD programs which aim squarely at the question
    how to truly relax. Or, get a copy of “Better Eyesight – The
    Complete Magazines of William H. Bates” at and
    try some of the suggestions. A much shorter but very thoughtful
    and helpful book is “Help Yourself to Better Sight”, by
    Margaret Corbett. Keep up the quest, follow your interest! Notice
    how you pursuit of better vision bumps into every area of your
    health... diet, stress level, fitness and exercise, emotional health,