During the early 30's, Eunice Ingham worked with Dr. Riley
as his therapist in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Her contribution to
Reflexology has been profound. She separated work on the reflexes of
the feet from zone therapy in general, although she continued to use the
Later she called her work compression massage and finally
settled on the use of the word "Reflexology".
Eunice made two major contributions:
found that alternating pressure rather than having a numbing effect
One early technique Ingham used was to tape wads of
cotton over tender spots on the feet, the theory being that the client
could continue to stimulate the reflexes and hurry the healing
process along as he or she walked about.
Though the clients got better,
Ingham soon discarded this technique when she realized this over
stimulated the reflexes, which brought about some reactions.
With encouragement from Riley and other drug-less doctors, she took her work to the public and the non-medical community.
Eunice realized that lay people could learn the proper Reflexology techniques
to help themselves, their families and friends, even if they could not
diagnose or treat a specific illness.
Over the years, Eunice was
called upon by the drug-less community to speak at conventions. She
shared her techniques and knowledge with physiotherapists, naturopaths,
osteopaths, and chiropractors.
In 1938 her research resulted in the
book "Stories Feet Can Tell". She went on to write 3 more books: Zone
Therapy & Gland Reflexes in 1945 which was later revised, enlarged
and printed as Stories the Feet Have Told.
During this time she
traveled up and down the East Coast giving seminars. The seminars were
unique. Her method of instruction was to demonstrate and lecture as she
worked on the health problems of those who attended. She died at the age of 81 (1974).
Her legacy continues under the direction of Dwight Byers her nephew.
Dwight Byers founded the International School of Reflexology in St.
Doreen Bayly trained with Eunice Ingham in 1965 and brought this therapy into England.