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.