In Reflexology, the body is divided into ten zones, running vertically, up and down, through out the body. This works out to five vertical sections on the right side of the body, and five vertical sections on the left side of the body. Zone therapy uses light pressure applied to the feet, or hands. The process may result in increasing vitality or sedating pain. This is determined by the health issues faced by a Client. A review of the history of Zone Therapy shows how this incredible healing modality evolved into Reflexology. A circle of dedicated doctors and medical professionals developed specific techniques to promote healing and reverse disease.
Dr. William Fitzgerald lectured on the topic ofZone Therapy for Riley’s Schools of Chiropractic. His extensive research grew. Eventually, He published Zone Therapy / Or Relieving Pain and Disease. Dr. Fitzgerald continued with more research, writing more books. In His writing, He discussed treatment for the thyroid gland. His work, lectures, writing and research was influential Other health care professionals involved in the development of Zone Therapy included Dr Edwin F Bowers M.D. and Harry Bond Bressler D.C., N.D.
Dr. Joe Shelby Riley developed and used a Facial Reflexology Protocol on His Clients, with excellent results. He drew detailed diagrams of the sympathetic nervous system and the spinal vertebrae. His excellent renderings and maps have withstood the test of time. Dr. Riley treated patients for back discomfort and thyroid issues with Zone Therapy. He innovated many effective techniques. His wife, Elizabeth Ann Riley M.D. treated Her patients with Zone Therapy. She was considered an expert in the use of Hook Work. Harry Bond Bressler D.C., N.C., published “Zone Therapy: Pressure Reflex and Hook Work.
No article about Reflexology would be complete without mention of the prolific research of Eunice Ingham. Eunice Ingham was a nurse and a physiotherapist. She began Her career working as a physiotherapist for Dr Joe Shelby Riley at Riley’s School of Chiropractic. She received instruction directly from Elizabeth Ann Riley M.D. Eunice Ingham studied Zone Therapy extensively, and is responsible for renaming the therapy “Reflexology.” She was the first person to create a Foot Reflexology map. Eunice Ingham developed techniques for specific areas on the thyroid gland reflexes. She felt there was an important correspondence between health of the ovaries with the thyroid gland function. She referred to the thyroid gland as “the third ovary”. In 1938, Eunice Ingham published the book “Stories the Feet Can Tell”. This book documents Her research and Her methodology, “The Eunice Ingram Method”, Current day Reflexology is based on Her contribution and extensive research of Zone Therapy and Reflexology.
Dedication and research was poured into the development of Zone Therapy. .The books featured in this article contain fascinating information demonstrating the profound effectiveness a Reflexology offers. Reflexology is a holistic therapy that is safe for almost everyone. This includes people of all ages.