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Alternative to Palming
#1
If the purpose of palming is to relax the eyes by warming it and putting the mind to rest, why can't we make a device that cups over the eye and heats it? Then we wear it when we sleep and daydream, so it's as if we're palming 8 - 10 hours a day. This would also eliminate the muscle tension we get for palming long periods.

Also, does such a thing exist? Thanks.
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#2
Quote:If the purpose of palming is to relax the eyes by warming it and putting the mind to rest, why can't we make a device that cups over the eye and heats it? Then we wear it when we sleep and daydream, so it's as if we're palming 8 - 10 hours a day. This would also eliminate the muscle tension we get for palming long periods.

Also, does such a thing exist? Thanks.

Palming works partly by stimulating acupressure points around the eyes as well as utilising the healing energy in the hands. No device will ever be as effective as palming, however it could still be useful for the reason you outlne,ed There's a device called the mindfold
Quote:http://www.mindfold.com
which does partly what you suggest.They're a bit like those eye patches people wear to help them get to sleep on planes. If you meditate lying down, you could try covering your eyes with a cloth or something like that - putting some kind of eye shade over the eyes can be relaxing because it blocks out all light and for some reason, it can be psychologically comforting also. The extra amount of heat might be part of the benefit, but using an ice pack over the eyes can be just as effective too. Putting a device over the eyes while sleeping might not have much benefit because you need to be conscious to get the relaxing benefit of palming.

Cheers, John
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#3
Palming feels so good! I don't see why anyone would want an alternative to it.
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#4
Bates on palming:

Quote:All the methods used in the cure of errors of refraction are simply different ways of obtaining relaxation, and most patients, though by no means all, find it easiest to relax with their eyes shut. This usually lessens the strain to see, and in such cases is followed by a temporary or more lasting improvement in vision.
Most patients are benefitted merely by closing the eyes; and by alternately resting them for a few minutes or longer in this way and then opening them and looking at the Snellen test care for a second or less, flashes of improved vision are, as a rule, very quickly obtained. Some temporarily obtain almost normal vision by this means; and in rare cases a complete cure has been effected, sometimes in less than an hour.
But since some light comes through the closed eyelids, a still greater degree of relaxation can be obtained, in all but a few exceptional cases, by excluding it. This is done by covering the closed eyes with the palms of the hands (the fingers being crossed upon the forehead) in such a way as to avoid pressure on the eyeballs. So efficacious is this practice, which I have called 'palming', as a means of relieving strain, that we all instinctively resort to it at times, and from it most patients aare able to get a considerable degree of relaxaion.
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#5
Just put a pillow on your head. It works for me.

Or close the lights, the doors and the windows and lay down to bed as you normally do.

Or wear a "sleep mask".

You can also put a towel with warm water or "wash" your eyes with hot water while closed.


The device you describing will do a little or no good, because it's not helping you relax.
You have to do that yourself.
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