Eunice Ingham, affectionately known as The Mother Of Reflexology.
Eunice Ingham was born in South Dakota in 1889 and went on to work as a physiotherapist for Dr Joe Shelby Riley. Dr Riley was very interested in some work that a colleague, Dr Fitzgerald has published on the subject of zone therapy. Eunice Ingham took time to research and develop the zone therapy findings and developed her foot theory in the early 1930’s.
Eunice spent many hours probing the feet, finding tender spots and equating them to the anatomy of the body. She then began working on people’s feet, using her thumb and fingers to push and prod. She became so convinced with the benefits of this treatment that she planned to write a book and travel throughout the USA to talk about health seminars.
Eunice’s life-long goal was to help mankind as much as we are able, whenever possible and wherever we might be.
In 1938, Eunice published her first book “Stories the feet can tell” which very quickly spread the word about the benefits of Reflexology. Eunice became very well known and travelled the world attending health seminars where she spoke with medical practitioners about her therapy. In latter years she was joined by her nephew, Dwight Byers.
Eventually, Dwight took over the teaching seminars and established the International Institute of Reflexology, to protect Eunice’s original writings, worldwide.
In December 1974, Eunice passed over at the age of 85 years. She had dedicated her life to helping others and was totally committed to the benefits of Reflexology.
Text was copied from The Institute Of Reflexology‘s Website.
Jane has been a Reflexologist for 15 years and is experienced with helping people with stress and anxiety. She also works with Maternity clients.