My eyes, my eyes, my aching eyes. This week has been particularly tiresome on them for some reason, so I did a bit of reading to help those babies out. The following tips are from Helena Rubinstein’s The Art of Feminine Beauty. I don’t know about you, but I feel better already.
1930: Eye Exercises
Either sitting or standing, fix your gaze on some center, level with your eyes, then look straight up as if you were trying to see the top of your head, and back again to center. As you do this inhale, hold a second, and exhale. Do this six times.
Look down as if you were trying to see under your chin, and back to center. Inhale, hold, exhale. Six times.
Cast the eyes obliquely up to the right and then down to the left, twice, and back to center.
Reverse, moving the eyes obliquely up to the left and down to right. Twice.
Roll the eyes all the way around from right to left, and then from left to right. Draw in a deep breath before commencing and hold it while you roll the eyes. Start with twice around on the one breath and then try gradually to increase the number of times you can roll the eyes while holding your breath.
Fix your eyes on a large piece of furniture, or a wall space, and let your gaze travel very, very slowly around the circumference, as if it were a fly crawling on the edge. With this breathe naturally. This is good for relaxation but its efficacy depends on it being done slowly.
In conclusion let me say that the vision is very dependable upon the general health, a proof of which is that a person may have normal vision at one time and not at another. It is dependent upon the kind of food you eat. Clogging up the system with poisons sends an impure or impoverished blood stream to the eyes, and this blurs the vision.
Source: Rubinstein, Helena. The Art of Feminine Beauty. New York: Horace Liveright, 1930.
~ pp. 59-60 ~