Reflexology is an ancient practice dating back to the early Egyptians. At Reflexology by the Sea in Sea Girt, NJ, they specialize in foot reflexology to help clients reduce stress and relieve aches and pains.
Here, the massage professionals at Reflexology by the Sea explain the origins of this ancient pain relief treatment:
- Zone Theory: Zone Theory, developed by Dr. William H. Fitzgerald, is considered the precursor of reflexology. In his research and development, pressure was applied to certain areas of the body to alleviate injuries and pain in other parts of the body. Dr. Fitzgerald published a book on this practice in 1917 called Zone Therapy or Relieving Pain at Home. He also produced the very first chart mapping longitudinal zones of the body.
- Foot Therapy: In the 1930s, a physical therapist named Eunice Ingham studied Zone Theory intensely and applied certain techniques specifically to develop foot reflex theory. After treating hundreds of patients, Eunice mapped reflex points in the foot that mirrored each part of the human body. In 1938, she published a book with her research entitled Stories the Feet Can Tell. Her book was widely received and has been translated into seven different languages. For the remainder of her life, Eunice traveled the globe hosting workshops instructing others on her foot reflexology theories.
- Lasting Impression: Working closely with Eunice in her workshops, Dwight Byers and his sister Eusebia Messenger established the International Institute of Reflexology® in the 1970s. These reflexology techniques are still widely used today to help patients alleviate pain and suffering in all parts of the body.
If you live in the Sea Girt area of New Jersey, or visit, call Reflexology by the Sea today at (732) 266-7734 to schedule your appointment for a relaxing, professional foot reflexology session. For additional information on this foot reflexology spa, visit their website.