The Ancient Art...
Reflexology is an ancient art of healing dating back nearly five- thousand years, by both the early Egyptians & Chinese healers. All around the world today-people are benefiting from this deeply relaxing treatment. It's non-invasive and one of the most recognized of the complimentary therapies. It's popularity continues to grow with it now being offered in many hospitals around the world to help patients and compliment modern the efforts of modern medicine.
In 1913 Dr. William Fitzgerald- (an American ear, nose and throat surgeon) studied the theory behind reflexology after noting by chance that pressure applied on specific areas of the body had a therapeutic effect on other areas of the body. He continued his studies, developing what was later named ‘Zone Theory’, and charted this with a diagram displaying the ten (10) equal vertical zones of the body.
During the 1930's Eunice Ingham, a physiotherapist from South Dakota went on to develop Dr. Fitzgerald's findings even further. Eunice spent countless months probing the hands & feet, locating tender, painful spots and then correlating them to specific areas of the body. Following these studies, she went on to refine and map the areas of the foot specifically, showing all the corresponding organs and glands. Additionally, she then devised a system of techniques that enabled a practitioner to pinpoint and physically manipulate the area to alter each reflex effectively to help alleviate a client’s symptoms. This technique soon became "Reflexology" as we know it today. Eunice devoted forty years of her life to the study and development of reflexology going on to become the founder of The Institute of Reflexology- alongside her nephew, "Dwight Byers". She continued to lecture extensively on reflexology and went on to publish two books ‘Stories the Feet Can Tell’ and ‘Stories the Feet Have Told’. Her nephew "Dwight Byers" has carried on her work and currently serves as president of the Institute today.