4 He (Jesus) riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and
took a towel, and girded himself.
5 After that he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciplesí
feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.
6 Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash
7 Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou
shalt know hereafter.
From our personal experience, from our mentors we have learned
that reflexology is one of the most efficient, less invasive and cost-effective
healing therapies and assessment tools.
The Modern Era
What benefits does reflexology
How does reflexology work?
How we do use Reflexology in our
Reflex points chart - Reflexology chart
The most concrete evidence of the practice of reflexology(1)
in ancient culture was the discovery of the above wall painting depicting the
practice of hand and foot reflexology in the tomb of Ankhmahor (highest
official after the Pharaoh) at Saqqara, Egypt which is also known as the
This Egyptian wall painting is dated at the 6th dynasty, about 2330 B.C.. Prior
to this discovery it was widely believed that reflexology had ancient origins
only in ancient Oriental practices of acupuncture and Tui-na (Chinese
traditional massage, mother of Shiatsu and Swedish Massage). Similarly, North
American Indian medicine men are believed to manipulate and stimulate the feet
as a part of their healing practice.
However Traditional Chinese Medicine has long touted the benefits of
stimulating certain points (reflex points) along the body that correspond to
specific organs or body parts. Foot reflexology is based on this theory. In the
Shang Dynasty, around 1200~1700 B.C the oracle inscriptions on bones show that
Tui-na was a quite important method to treat infant and adult digestive
As information is gathered it seems that variations of the modern practice of
reflexology existed in all of the ancient healing cultures.
The Modern Era
In Western culture one of the earliest books to be written on reflexology was
published in 1582 by two eminent European physicians, Dr. Adamus and Dr.
A'tatis. A second book by a Dr. Bell was published shortly afterwards in
It was, however, a Dr. William H. Fitzgerald who advanced and developed the
initial popular practice of reflexology in our contemporary Western society.
Dr. Fitzgerald studied at the University of Vermont and graduated in 1895. For
two and a half years he practiced medicine at the Boston City Hospital before
transferring to the Central London Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital, England. He
also practiced under the famous Professors Politzer and Chiari at an ENT(ear,
nose and throat) clinic in Vienna.
In his research Dr. Fitzgerald developed a new system of ten zones running from
the top of the head to the tips of the toes and hands. Dr. Edwin Bowers,
medical critic and writer, investigated Dr. Fitzgerald's claims, appeased his
own skepticism, and jointly authored with Dr. Fitzgerald the book "Zone
Therapy" - the name by which reflexology was known until the early 1960's.
Eunice Ingham, who initially worked with Dr. Fitzgerald as a physical
therapist, gave Dr. Joe S. Riley, one of a number of doctors and dentists who
practiced Zone Therapy and helped develop it, credit for teaching her.
Eunice Ingham is generally recognized for her untiring devotion
to and promotion of Zone Therapy. She toured North American cities annually
giving Zone Therapy seminars, published charts and her two books: "Stories The
Feet Can Tell" (1938) and "Stories The Feet Have Told" (1951), and established
the "National Institute of Reflexology". Most authors of books and teachers of
foot reflexology have acquired their basic knowledge directly or indirectly
from Eunice Ingham's teaching. Eunice Ingham's nephew, Dwight Byers and his
family have continued where Eunice Ingham left off at her death in 1974.
Nowadays in North America
Barbara and Kevin Kunz are making a great contribution to the
recognition of reflexology as a valuable therapy, through their practice,
educational programs and scientific research in the field represented by this
marvelous healing tool.
1) Reflexology is a
natural healing art based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet
and hands which correspond to every part of the body. Through application of
pressure on particular areas of the hands and feet reflexology serves to relax
tension, improve circulation and promote the natural function of the related
area in the body. ...Reflexology Association of Canada