What to expect
Imagine walking into a softly lit room, taking off your shoes and socks, and lying down on a comfortably cushioned reflexology table or zero gravity chair. For the next hour, a Certified Reflexologist works on your feet, hands and outer ears. Your nervous system is given the opportunity to deeply relax, letting go of accumulated tension. You leave the room deeply relaxed with a body in balance and a smile on your face.
The History of Integrated Reflexology
1917 William Fitzgerald, M.D., USA, in his book, Zone Therapy, postulated the theory of 10 wide vertical zones running the entire length of the body, every part of the body being in one or more of the zones. He is frequently called the father of reflexology.
1924 Joe Shelby Riley, M.D., USA, in his book, Zone Reflex, suggested, for the first time in recorded history, the existence of horizontal zones going across the body, in an orderly arrangement. He also made the first detailed drawings of reflexes or pressure points on the feet and hands, that suggested a shape of the human body, with the tips of the fingers and toes corresponding to the head, progressing downward, with the heel of the feet and hands corresponding to the lower parts of the body. In his book, Dr. Riley included an illustration of the outer ear with just a few pressure points. The full reflex map of the body on the outer ear had not yet been discovered.
1938 Eunice Ingham, a physical therapist working in Dr. Riley’s office in Florida, wrote the first layperson’s book on Foot Reflexology, Stories The Feet Can Tell, and popularized classes in Foot Reflexology across America. Her work was then continued by her nephew, Dwight Byers.
1975 Mildred Carter wrote and published the first book on Hand Reflexology, Hand Reflexology: Key to Perfect Health.
1982 Bill Flocco established and popularized beginning and advanced classroom instruction in Hand Reflexology
Small studies indicate reflexology’s usefulness in treating conditions such as PMS, headaches, asthma, back pain, constipation and irritable bowel syndrome. Other research has shown that reflexology may be beneficial for managing pain and other symptoms associated with multiple sclerosis and cancer, and even non-pain-related concerns, such as anxiety.