Dr. Riley and his wife Elizabeth used the Zone therapy technique.
They opened schools to train others and developed charts of the feet, hands, ears and head minus the use of heavy tools.
Dr. Riley also taught his nurse, Eunice Ingham, who made maps of the feet and called it, “Reflexology.” She is considered the pioneer of reflexology and traveled all over United States with seminars and teachings on reflexology. Her niece and nephew traveled with her eventually opening a school National Institute of Reflexology in St. Petersburg, Florida later to be renamed International Institute of Reflexology.
The science of reflexology was founded by the Father of Zone Therapy,
Dr. William H. FitzGerald, a ENT doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. He used zones and meridians and applied 35 lbs of pressure on boney prominences bringing a numbing effect on other parts of the body for pain management solutions.
Dr. FitzGerald based his principles on traditional Chinese pressure points, drug free anesthetics. he used tools such as metal combs, clamps and spring pins to deaden pain and use to replace drugs in minor surgeries.
He taught Dr. Shelby Riley in the 1930s who was a Osteopath.
30 Minute Reflexology Session on Hands, Feet and/or Ears · $55.00
60 Minute Reflexology Session on Hands, Feet and/or Ears · $85.00
Reflexology is a science and art with history as far back as 2,000 BC. Its ancient roots found in Egypt, India and China. The theory is based on over 5,000 reflexes found on the feet, hands and ears that communicate through energetic pathways to all different parts of the body.
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My credentials in performing Reflexology are my graduating from New England Institute of Reflexology & Universal in July of 2012. I am a certified Reflexologist Practitioner with over 300 hours of specialized work in anatomy, physiology, pathology, and Reflexology Techniques for Feet. I completed my study under Valerie Voner, a very reputable practicioner in our community. I returned to Cortiva Massage School in Watertown, MA 6 months later to receive my certification in Reflexology Techniques for Hands and Ears as well.