Origins of Reflexology

A theory that has been commonly held among many reflexologists is that this therapy was first discovered in China about 5,000 years ago.  Evidence was clearly unearthed, in Egypt, and dated this therapy around 2500-2330 B.C.  The pictograph was found in a tomb of an Egyptian physician, Ankmahor, at Saqqara. Other idealist, who have practiced this therapy have been Native Americans, Incas, Russians, British, Europeans and Americans.  All for better health.

An American influence in the advancement of the 20th century would be Dr. William Fitzgerald.  In 1913 he started his studies in zone therapy.  He divided the body into zones, which he used for his anesthetic effect.  By exerting pressure on a specific part of the body he learned to predict which parts of the body would be affected. He established ten equal longitudinal zones running the length of the body from the top of the head to the tips of the toes.  Ten is the significance of the fingers and toes that correspond to a simple numbering system he developed. 

Dr. Edwin Bowers, colleague of Dr. William Fitzgerald, was very enthusiastic about the work he and Dr. Fitzgerald had accomplished.  He assisted the doctor on many occasions and was able to publish the work that had been discovered and used many times.  This publication was entitled “Zone therapy.”

Eunice Ingham (1879-1974) should be considered the mother of “modern” reflexology.  She solely concentrated on the feet rather than the whole body.  Although she used zone therapy in her work she felt that the feet should be specific targets for therapy because of their highly sensitive nature.  She was instrumental in designing one of the first foot charts on Reflexology.  She traveled throughout America for over thirty years as she taught her methods.  She also wrote two books entitled, Stories That Feet Can Tell (1938) and Stories The Feet Have Told (1963)

Doreen Bailey brought reflexology to Great Britain, in the 1960’s.  She had met Eunice Ingham in America and was impressed by her work that it inspired her to become a Reflexologist.  After qualifying as a practitioner she was able to establish a school for those interested in learning the technique for themselves. In 1979 she died at the age of 80, when Reflexology was becoming more widely known.  Today her school is still operating and training therapists to a high standard, and is known as the Bailey School of Reflexology.

Many today are still continuing to use Reflexology as a complementary therapy and are reaping from the benefits it has to offer.  People have come to realize and appreciate the healing properties used to help the body restore its natural harmony.  Research is being sought after to broaden our prospective between conventional and complementary therapies.  Their findings and conclusions will play a large part in connecting the gap between allopathic medicines and complementary therapies.

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