History of Reflexology
Many books have
been written on this topic and various web sites offer extensive information
about reflexology, the fastest growing holistic therapy in the health
and wellness field.
been practiced for over 5,000 years by different cultures. It originated
in China and Egypt and has gained popularity in the United States thanks
to the following individuals:
Dr. William Fitzgerald, an M.D. in Connecticut, is credited with the
Zone Theory. He found that applying "Zone Therapy" to the
feet had anesthetic results in some parts of the body. Zones organize
and link various parts and systems of the body into ten symmetrical
longitudinal zones from the top of the head to the tips of the toes.
Joe Shelby Riley, M.D. introduced the existence of organized horizontal
lines going across the body. He is credited with publishing the first
detailed drawing of pressure points on hands, feet and outer ear.
Eunice Ingham, Physiotherapist worked with Dr. Riley and is recognized
as the one who refined zone therapy. She is the author of Stories the
Feet Have Told published in 1938.
Mildred Carter is credited with many self-help books and articles. She
is the author of Helping Yourself with Foot Reflexology published in
to validate reflexology have been and continue to be conducted in many
countries including Switzerland, Denmark, USA, and Australia.
The following web
site offers current research information: www.reflexology-research.com/medlinesearch.html
of your feet:
Each foot has over
7,000 nerve endings, 26 bones, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles; it is meant
to move in 150 different ways.
Feet are undoubtedly the most neglected parts of the body. Yet, there
is substantial evidence to suggest that taking better care of one's
feet impacts dramatically on our well being.
Schedule a reflexology
Give your feet the
care they deserve and your entire body will benefit.