Massage therapist and educator Meir Schneider, Ph.D., L.M.T. was honored by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom on Oct. 7 for his massage-and-movement rehabilitative work.

Schneider received a certificate of honor that read:

“Whereas, on behalf of the City and County of San Francisco, I am pleased to recognize and honor Meir Schneider, Ph.D., L.M.T., founder of the non-profit School for Self-Healing, a subsidiary of the Self-Healing Research Foundation, whose tireless efforts to better his community through rehabilitative holistic education and care have improved the quality of life for countless individuals. Since 1984, Dr. Schneider has dedicated his life to help physically and visually challenged individuals by sharing his curriculum in San Francisco and beyond. Your contribution to our great City is truly commendable. Congratulations and best wishes on all your future endeavors!”

Schneider was born with serious vision problems, including cataracts, and was declared permanently legally blind; however, as a teenager he learned and practiced the Bates Method of eye exercises, according to Schneider’s website. “To this he added his own regimen of self-massage and movement [and] began to help others with a wide range of degenerative conditions, such as polio, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis,” the site notes. “He found that the same principles which enabled him to gain functional eyesight could be applied to the entire body.”

Today Schneider has 20/80 vision and an unrestricted California driver’s license. He founded the School for Self-Healing in San Francisco, and he is the author of “The Natural Vision Improvement Kit,” “Movement for Self-Healing,” “Yoga for Your Eyes,” “Meir Schneider’s Miracle Eyesight Method” and “Self-Healing: My Life and Vision,” and the principal author of “The Handbook of Self-Healing.”