Ocean Shores, WA
“Dr. William Fitzgerald, commonly known as the founder of zone therapy, was born in Connecticut, in 1872. He graduated in medicine from the University of Vermont in 1895 and practiced in hospitals in Vienna and London. In Vienna he came into contact with the work of Dr. H. Bressler who had been investigating the possibility of treating organs with pressure points. Through knowledge he gained in Europe and his own research, Fitzgerald found that if pressure was applied on the fingers, it would create a local anesthetic effect on the hand, arm, and shoulder, right up to the jaw, face, ear, and nose. He applied pressure using tight bands of elastic on the middle section of each finger, or by using small clamps that he placed on the tips. He was then able to carry out minor surgical operations using only this pressure technique.” ~ The Complete Illustrated Guide to Reflexology by Inge Dougans
I am still trying to wrap my head around the idea that by applying only pressure to a foot or hand, can it have an affect in a different area of the body. These same techniques were used to perform surgeries before anesthesia, so effective in numbing areas. Stimulating or sedating the nervous system, moving energy through our meridian channels, but still….how? An intelligent design for sure, for the body to be designed in such a way. The most challenging thing, to be able and have an understanding of what can’t be seen. Events, results and healing experiences making it easier, giving way to validation. My most recent personal incident happening last week. While painting the overhang of a house, reaching for an exposed rafter for balance, landed my fingers on top of small hive inhabited by a few bees. Jumping and flailing quickly off the ladder, finding two stings on the length of my left middle finger, and one on the index finger. I’ve never been prone to allergies but ever since moving to the Pacific Northwest, I found my voice taking on a slightly more nasally tone, most likely from the mold. Later that night while lying in bed, did I realize the left side of my sinuses had drained. The length of the fingers mainly around the first knuckle, being reflexive to the sinuses. The bee stings on the fingers of my left hand had relieved my left sinuses! I’m not sure I would have made the connection before going to school for this cool stuff. Eureka! More proof! I started laughing, but wasn’t inclined to run through the streets naked like Archimedes….