History of Reflexology
Reflexology was discovered in 1902 by a man called Dr William H Fitzgerald who was head of an Ear, Nose & Throat dept. He discovered that by applying pressure to various parts of the hands and fingers, it relieved pain. A physiotherapist called Eunice Ingham worked in Dr Fitzgerald’s office and she became very interested in this and wanted to work on the feet as this is a more sensitive area. She began probing feet, finding tender spots and equating it with the anatomy of the body mapping ever so carefully the zones of the feet in relation to the organs of the body.
She started doing research by giving treatments to the residents in a small village where she lived in Upper New York State and she also practiced her techniques on her young nephew Dwight C Byers and for the first time ever, he found relief from his annual bouts of asthma and hay fever. She became so convinced with the benefits that she planned to write a book and travel throughout the USA giving talks. Her nephew as he grew up joined her and also became passionate about Reflexology.
There are inscriptions found in a physcian’s tomb in Egypt that suggests that this is where it may have originated from.
By working on the reflexes of the feet, it helps to put the whole person back into a natural balanced state.