From 1913 to about 1920, when Dr. Fitzgerald
came to Washington, DC to lecture students at The Riley School
of Chiropractic, most of the work on Zone Therapy was being developed
by three Medical Physicians: Drs. William H. Fitzgerald, Edwin
F. Bowers and George Starr White. There were many others who tried
to take control of the activity, but those three physicians made
great strides in bringing this method to the attention of the
people who exhibited the most interested in this great work of
Riley and Ingham were the honored pioneers at a special
exhibit compiled by Ignacio Sanchez and displayed at the
2008 Reflexology Association of America
national conference in Portland, ME
driven percussor is identical to MIR's device
known as Dr. Riley's Ultra Massager.
This heavy duty
unit used by doctors was suspended over work area with
a chain or could be mounted on a pedestal with castors.
(Courtesy: Meridian Institute)
Most of those who did become active in the practice
of Zone Therapy were among the drugless practitioners, but after
Dr. Riley became interested in the subject; he at once tried out
the therapy on his vast number of patients and was able to add
much to the activity which surrounded this natural healing art.
During his lifetime he wrote twelve books on Zone Therapy: the
first copyrighted in 1917; the last several of which he titled
"Zone Reflex", and the twelfth edition was copyrighted
in 1942. This last edition has been considered by the Institute
as one of the most comprehensive treatise yet written on the subject.
had a pedestal mounted percussor which
he used for spinal concussion in association
with a Zone Reflex treatment.
Harry Bond Bressler, DC, ND, wrote: "In
early 1920 I started to practice in Joe Shelby Riley's clinic
as one of his assistants, and it was my privilege to be assigned
to treat Dr. Riley's private patients whenever he went away on
his lecture tours. Naturally it was necessary for him to explain
his methods of treatment of the various patients, so that I could
continue the good work which he had started. I had no compunctions
about asking his patients if I was doing the work just as Dr.
Riley had done it. In this manner, I became well aware of his
way of treating.
"I have always thought of Dr. Joe Shelby
Riley as the greatest Healer of his time, that is, in the use
of the usual healing methods, but the healing ability of his lovely
wife, Elizabeth Ann Riley far surpassed him in his healing skill
with the use of Zone Therapy and Hook Work, for Elizabeth Ann
had remarkable results with her patients in the use of this healing
kinder than necessary,
for everyone you meet
is fighting some kind of battle."
"Elizabeth Ann Riley --- she was entitled
to use the title Doctor but never did use it, preferring just
her name --- was a remarkable teacher, especially of Zone Therapy
and Hook Work. She seemed to be able to IMPEL into the consciousness
of her students the knowledge which she was imparting to them,
and her class instructions were so very clear and concise.
"Many books and treatises have been written
in the last two or three decades on Zone Therapy, by whatever
name it has been called, but from the fact that Dr. Riley has
lectured in most of the large cities of the United States, with
Elisabeth Ann assisting, in the art of relieving pain and disease
by the use of this modality, much of the knowledge given in these
later books must have been culled from the instructions given
by these two remarkable teachers. We must remember, however, that
the instructions given by Drs. Fitzgerald and Bowers in their
books, and in the Great Book written by that great physician Dr.
George Starr White, have also been used, and have had a healthful
influence on all of the books on the subject which have been placed
on the market in the last twenty or twenty five years ... since
granddaughter loves Dr. Riley's Massager
for reflexologic applications. Pamela is a 'Student in
Training' with the Modern Institute of Reflexology.
"While Dr. Riley states that he had been
investigating Zone Therapy from the time Drs. Fitzgerald and Bowers
wrote for the several magazines, still it really was not until
1916 to 1920 that he gave the matter very deep thought. Then this
prodigious thinker and prolific writer surely gave much attention
to his work --- edition on the subject following edition, each
adding to the knowledge given in the previous works, until his
twelfth and last edition is really a masterpiece. Most of the
teachers of the present time must truthfully acknowledge Dr. Riley's
influence in their work. All glory and praise to those great instructors,
Dr. Joe Shelby Riley and Elizabeth Ann Riley.
We are not permitted
the frame of our destiny.
But what we put into it is ours.
He who wills adventure will experience it--
according to the measure of his courage.
He who wills sacrifice will be sacrificed--
according to the measure of his purity of heart.
"I do feel happy that there are so many
brave persons who have the temerity and courage to teach this
wonderful adjunctive method, especially when they know the crucifixion
the early practitioners had to endure, and which they may be subjecting
themselves to. All that I have written has been given in a spirit
of helpfulness, without any thought of animosity or criticism,
but with the desire that we render unto Caesar those honors which
are his due --- and hers too.
"I have only kindliness in my heart for
all of these teachers, and a feeling of kindly fellowship which
I hope may bring us all together that we may work for the preservation
of this most marvelous method of healing the sick and ailing."
(ZONE THERAPY, Pressure Reflex and Hook Work, by Harry
Bond Bressler, DC, ND, The Williams Printing Company, Richmond,
Note in the body Zone Reflex Chart (to the right)
there is a Zone related to each in-line finger and toe on both
sides of the body. Riley confirmed Fitzgerald's postulate: that
a problem in one part of the Zone can be affected by pressure
stimulation on specific reflex points related to the toes or fingers
or ears or face or anywhere along the alignment of that same Zone.
Riley's Body Zone Chart (taken from FitzGerald)
shows the 10 reflex zones passing through and dividing the head
area into ten zones. Many of the head-points he identified are
in Dr. Mildred Carter's book 'Body
Reflexology'. The numbered areas shown on the face (below)
are all identified on Dr. Riley's 11x17 Wall
Chart available from MIR.
Riley's Facial Reflex Points which are interrelated to the
Ten Zone Division taught by FitzGerald when he taught
at Riley's Chriopractic College in Washington, DC.
Drs. Ingham, Wittman
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