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What is Ingham Method Reflexology?

A Step in the Right Direction!

Reflexology is defined as such:

Reflexology is a science that deals with the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands which correspond to all of the glands, organs and parts of the body.

 Reflexology is a serious adjunct to the health field and shouldn't be confused with a foot massage. It's so much more!

Ingham Method Reflexology was the start of modern reflexology we all know today!

Inscriptions found in physician's tomb in Saqqara, Egypt.

Photo Courtesy of the International Institute of Reflexology

Eunice Ingham doing reflexology on a client.

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A Long Time Ago...

The origins of reflexology are believed to have stemmed all the way back to ancient Egyptian times as seen in hieroglyphics found in a physician's tomb in Saqqara, Egypt(Top Photo). It clearly shows the practitioners are working on the hands and feet of their patients. However, reflexology as we know it today was discovered by Eunice Ingham(Bottom Photo) who was a physical therapist in a doctor's office in the early 1930's. Eunice treated many patients with her "reflex therapy". She had much success discovering the reflexes in the feet which had an affect on a certain part of the body. As a matter of fact the body's "map" on the feet(as seen below) is an exact copy of the body itself! Finding and working the body's reflexes in the feet helped to relieve an abundance of health problems. Eunice wrote two books on all her findings and what started out as short book reviews, over time with the help of her niece and nephew, turned into training workshops. Eunice helped raise her niece and nephew from an early age. Her nephew, Dwight C. Byers, taught reflexology at the workshops as well, helped to develop reflexology even further, and went on to establish the National Institute of Reflexology in the early 1950's. In 1980, the workshops had gone worldwide and became the International Institute of Reflexology. To this day these workshops, all over the world, are being taught to keep Eunice's dream alive and that was simply using reflexology to ease the suffering of mankind.

What Can Reflexology Do for You?

To make it simple reflexology does 3 things:

  1. Relieves stress and tension

  2. Improves nerve and blood supply

  3. Helps nature to normalize


It is said by doctors that 75% of health problems have been linked to stress and tension. Imagine giving your body a much needed break from today's stress while simultaneously helping your body function properly, naturally! All through your feet! 

The map of the body depicted on the feet.

Photo Courtesy of the International Institute of Reflexology

Is Reflexology Safe?

Absolutely! Reflexology is non-invasive with the practitioner using just their hands to reflex the feet and help the body from the inside out. Anyone can receive reflexology especially women during pregnancy. Basically if you are able to take a nap you can receive reflexology because its main benefit is relaxation. The mistake is thinking reflexology "stimulates" the body making it do something unwanted. The truth is reflexology simply helps the body to achieve its own natural balance and doesn't make the body do anything it doesn't need to do. If a client does have adverse symptoms following a reflexology session, known as Herxheimer Response, it is the body's way of cleaning out waste that has been locked away due to stress and poor circulation. Reflexology cannot make any condition worse but please remember reflexology is not a replacement for medical care. Reflexologists don't diagnose, prescribe, or treat for a specific condition.

How Often Should I Get Reflexology?

Reflexology is a lot like exercise. When done more frequently better results are experienced. A typical session can last 45 minutes to an hour. Of course this varies from person to person. Picture, if you will, a piece of cloth. You dip the cloth in yellow dye and then hang it in the sun to dry. If this is done once a week the cloth fades pretty quickly and a brilliant yellow color is never really achieved. Now if the cloth is dipped more often pretty soon it will have a better chance of becoming a brilliant yellow. The cloth is your body, the dye is reflexology, and the sun is stress. Can you picture it? In a high stress world that tries to take your shine, reflexology can help you keep shining!

In Memoriam

Past President of the International Institute of Reflexology

Dwight C. Byers

February 11, 1929 - August 29, 2020

Photo Courtesy of the International Institute of Reflexology

Photo Courtesy of the International Institute of Reflexology

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