Replying to Simone Rickett's comment on my article “Wow is all this really part of reflexology?”
What I do isn’t necessarily a part of reflexology but reflexology is definitely a part of something much greater. Eunice Ingham introduced her compression massage in the 1930s which later become modern day reflexology. In her first book “Stories the Feet can Tell” which was published in 1938, she made many references to the mind, body, spirit connection.
When I began working with reflexology in 1998 I focused on physical reflexes and bodily responses. I didn’t read Eunice’s book until 2004 and I was amazed to realize how she thought and the metaphysical approach she took towards her work. She was truly a woman well ahead of her time. I was disappointed that the metaphysical aspect of her work had somehow been overlooked or even lost.
The excerpts below are from “Stories the Feet can Tell” which she wrote in 1938. You might think you are reading a Louise Hay book or something about the Law of Attraction. Thinking back, it would have been nice to have had these thoughts introduced along with the practical aspects of reflexology.
• The state of mind affects digestion more than almost any other bodily ailment.
• Constipation is often a state of mind.
• Without a doubt, Mrs. H. attracted to herself that which she actually feared. As we continue our study along this line, we find that most bodily ailments affect us in proportion as we give them attention.
• There is not an organ in the body that is not affected by the mind. Every thought we think either has a constructive or a destructive reaction on the chemical content of our bloodstream.
• How often our health is controlled by fixed ideas.
• Are we going to let thoughts of fear kill the cells of our body?
• It is an acknowledged fact that the body is affected by the mind.
• Our mind can change a demand. Our ideals can be changed by a new thought.
• No doubt the predominant mental impression is what governs the mind and the functioning of every part of our being even to the tiniest cell.
• Pain is not a disease, but it is a true indication of a disturbance, a congestion in some part or parts.