Reflexology evolved from several ancient civilizations. This sacred knowledge has been passed forward for centuries. Featured below, is a brief historical time line focusing on the “Roots of Reflexology”.
The Egyptians used reflexology. In the tomb of Ankmahor, Physician and Official, a graphic rendering was discovered in Saqqara, dating back to the early sixth dynasty, around 2000 B.C.
In India , five thousand years ago, the painting Vishnu-Padus depicts the feet as representing the universe. Some of these symbols correspond with information used in reflexology today.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, reflexology developed within the use of acupuncture, during the reign of Emperor Hwang, around four thousand years ago.
Among Indigenous People, the Cherokee, the Dakota, and the Mayans practiced reflexology passing healing knowledge forward, from generation to generation.
Dr. William Fitzgerald wrote “Zone Therapy”, with Dr Edwin Bowers in 1917.
Dr. Joe Shelby Riley continued this work with His wife, Dr Elizabeth Riley.
Dr. Joe Shelby Riley went on to share information with Eunice Ingham, successful physiotherapist.
Mildred Carter studied with Dr. William Fitzgerald, and exchanged valuable information with Dr Joe Shelby Riley. She went on to author many books on the topic of reflexology.
Eunice Ingham further developed all of this knowledge, creating the name “Reflexology”. She passed along Her extensive knowledge to Her nephew, Dwight C. Byers.
The “Ingham Method” has been taught on an international scale. Reflexology developed into the healing modality used by holistic practitioners today.
Color affects our well being. I happen to love green, but I would have to say almost every color has a place and purpose. Because color affects our moods, it is important to select colors that will enhance our current objectives. Cool colors have a calming effect. Warm colors offer stimulation. The color red may increase body tension and stimulate the nervous system. Neutral colors and earth tones are nurturing, and provide a sense of security. Colors have symbolic and spiritual meaning. Many meditations use color as a visualization tool.
Remember the electromagnetic spectrum, in science class. “ROY G BIV” represents the following colors, in a sequence of decreasing wavelength – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. Color is a manifestation of visible light. Color reflects light. White reflects 89%, while black reflects 2%. Color is electromagnetic energy. If white is added, it is classified as a tint. If black is added the result is considered a shade.
Color is an exciting and valuable tool to utilize when making lifestyle changes. Often people are drawn to a favorite color. Follow Your intuition and make use of a color You love. Start with small changes, and see where this leads. Through time, You may find Your preferences change. What appealed to You five years ago may seem inappropriate now.
What is Reiki ? Regardless of experience or geography, this question is asked of all Reiki Practitioners ! To visualize what Reiki truly is, think of an electrical current. You can not see exactly what an electrical current is , yet energy is definitely there as it flows through an electrical cord, to turn on the lights, or power appliances. Reiki is a gentle holistic therapy which utilizes several strategies. In a traditional Japanese Reiki Session, hand positions are used as a protocol to transfer the healing vibrational energy current to the client. Typically, such a session would take place on a massage table, but Reiki is an adaptable and versatile healing modality. A shorter session may be conducted, as a client sits upright in a chair. Reiki is used to clear the energy within a room, a home, an office, or to charge and program crystals. Reiki may also be used for long distance healing and in shamanic healing protocols – transcending time and space. The photograph below features one of My favorite Reiki healing crystals.