The Roots of Reflexology.

 

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.
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6 thoughts on “The Roots of Reflexology.

  1. I’m a huge believer in reflexology! When I was younger, whenever I got the flu, my mom would rub a spot on my foot and miraculously I would be feeling better much more quickly than when my foot wan’t rubbed.

    1. Reflexology is an effective and holistic healing therapy. It may be used by people of all ages, to address a broad range of health issues.

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