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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