WHY “RE­FLEX­OL­OGY”?

Seabourn Club Herald - - WELL-BEING -

Though foot-re­lated health ther­a­pies were recorded in An­cient Egypt and China, mod­ern re­flex­ol­ogy has its roots in the work of Dr. Wil­liam FitzGer­ald in the 1910s.

FitzGer­ald, an ear, nose and throat spe­cial­ist, dis­cov­ered that stim­u­lat­ing cer­tain spots within the would deaden pain in other zones of the body.

Phys­io­ther­a­pist and nurse Eu­nice Ing­ham found that hands and feet were es­pe­cially sen­si­tive, and mapped the “re­flex points of con­tact” – the ar­eas where clus­ters of nerves could cause a spe­cific re­sponse else­where in the body, just as a doc­tor’s mal­let strik­ing a knee caused the whole leg to twitch.

She called what she did “com­pres­sion re­flex mas­sage,” and re­searchers build­ing on her work short­ened the name to “re­flex­ol­ogy.” had nose

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