Ingham Stopfel was my teacher; both through her book Stories
the Feet Can Tell (1965 edition, see photo to left) and at
her training seminar inside the Brown Palace Hotel, Denver, CO,
1967,” relayed Zachary Brinkerhoff. “She was very
thorough and helpful in the classroom setting; she was always
assisted by her faithful husband Fred Stopfel; who literally adored
her and attended to her every demand. When I was
having difficulty finding the pituitary point with my thumb on
the great toe, she place a pencil in my hand; then progressed
to show me how to use the ERASER as a PROBE. 'There, isn't
that much easier?' she exclaimed.
DR was also trained by Mrs. Ingham Stopfel in 1969
to use a specialty eraser on a wooden pencil for facility, specificity,
and greater dynamic in reflex activation.
'May I urge you to remember, if at first you
don't succeed, try, try again. Do not discredit Zone Therapy because
you do not get immediate results; no sooner than you would expect
to play successfully on the piano without first a knowledge of
the proper chords and where and how to place the thumb and fingers
on the respective notes to produce the harmony desired.'
"Trust your hunches.
They're usually based on facts
filed away just below the conscious level."
Dr. Joyce Brothers
'Do not feel discouraged or discount
any one method because it fails to give relief in every condition;
even the medical profession with all its skill and learning is
compelled to acknowledge defeat in some cases. Let us all manifest
a spirit of meekness and admit that we are only an instrument
for good in the healing art; and when a patient comes to us for
help, if the condition is one that can be relieved by some drugless
method, more power to us if we are proficient in the various forms
of such, that we can administer that which is fitted for the particular
case under our care and attention. Remember no one method is complete
in itself for the relief of every patient.
Eunice Ingham's Table
artifact was purchased by Ignacio Sanchez (center) at a garage
sale near the International Institute of Reflexology. Eunice's
nephew, Dwight Byers, told Ignacio that the Massage table, which
was in storage, had been sold in a garage sale - by mistake.
'When an adjustment of some vertebra is necessary
to relieve a particular nerve impingement, see that the patient
is given the attention of a physician skilled in that particular
art of healing. If surgery is required, as we all know to be true
in some cases, see that the patient is given the care of a surgeon,
the best that can be had for his particular case.' (Zone Therapy:
Its Application to the Glands & Kindred Ailments, by Eunice
D. Ingham, copyright 1945.)
"Far away in the sunshine
are my highest inspirations.
I may not reach them,
but I can look up and see the beauty,
believe in them and try to follow
where they lead."
Louisa May Alcott
"I was impressed. I never forgot my lesson
in creative thinking. Eunice taught me to think outside the lines
and I have been utilizing and developing unique tools and instrumentation
to assist in reflex stimulus ever since. Thanks to nine months
of reflexology practice on family members and Eunice Ingham's
two day seminar, and I was ready in 1968 to begin my first year
of practice at the Fountain of Youth Mineral
Spa near Niland, CA."
gave Ingham's Niagara cyclo-massage reflex vibrator to Zachary.
"Skipper (Zach) is the best, I won't go to anyone else
for reflexology," said 88 year old Ella. "He practices
Original Ingham Method with a balanced blend of both hand
and tool techniques."
The word MASSAGE appeared on the above certificate
issued to Ella Lebsach in 1962. By 1967 Eunice called Zone Therapy
"Compression Massage" to avoid further medical
criticism of her use of the word "therapy". Her technique
consisted of finger pressure upon a reflex point and accompanied
with a circular motion, i.e., rotation massage.
“Eunice was a wonderful person,”
exclaimed her student Ella Lebsach . “She was a sister in
the Order of the Eastern Star. I had dinner with her once and
we simply had a wonderful time together. I kept going back every
year for more classes. I think she gave out a beautiful diploma.”
Ella is now a regular client of Dr. Brinkerhoff at Afoot Connection
Clinic aka MIR Research Clinic.
Cyclo-Massage Reflex Machine.
Stopfel helped bring this therapy
into the home for self-help; a much needed health care source
in this present day of outlandish medical cost. On the left we
see the older model Niagara cyclo-massage reflex vibrator machine
sold by Dr. Ingham-Stopfel to her students in the 1960's. Zachary
is shown working the K1 meridian point on Ella Lebsach's right
foot in May of 2004 using original Ingham Niagara Cyclo-massage
reflex vibrator probe.
1938 Reflexology Chart.
Here we have one of Dr. Stopfels original
foot reflex charts from her first book published in 1938. Some
deride Eunice for her reference to crushing crystals from around
nerve endings; some say they have checked cadavers, but have not
found the purported 'rocks'. However, MIR Research Clinic has
extracted one crystal from the thumb of a chiropractor and had
it examined under an electron microscope.
The MIR Library also has other photos of several
Indians extracting crystals from the feet of fellow reflexologist
Toni Wilbanks and her friend at the Bombay Beach Hotel in India.
No crystals? Maybe not in every case, but reflexologists (ReflexoCurist's)
will occasionally encounter pathogenic crystalline debris; which
Zachary postulates may create electrical interference with the
bio electric DC electrical system in the body.
works Zonery shoulder point aka Liver Meridian
Source Point on right foot of her husband Fred Stopfel.
of Psalm 23
We are so prone to feel that what is wrong in our
life is not in ourselves, but in the external setting of our lives.
Dr. Harry Emerson Fosdick said in a radio sermon,
'Not all the water in the seven seas can sink a ship unless
it gets inside.'
It is from within, the desire we have
to get well in terms of hope, vision and courage,
that will influence the functioning of our glands.
We try to fool ourselves and place the blame for
our illness on external things, on the pastures where we happen
to be feeding. Instead, it is what we cause to happen in
the functioning of our glands within the body, through
the type of thinking we have done, that will make the pastures
grow greener; and not something on the outside, barring accident.
Let us then look for the green pastures right where
we live, move and have our being. For the green pastures are within
ourselves, in our way of thinking, our mode of life. These are
the green pastures where David the Psalmist said, 'He maketh
me to lie down.'
That continued success may attend your efforts,
both now and in the years to follow, is my sincere desire.
EUNICE INGHAM STOPFEL
(Zone Therapy & Gland Reflexes Revised, 1951.)
Zachary wants to acknowledge the inspiration that
Dr. Eunice Ingham Stopfel has been to him to this very day.
It is his wish that he and the staff at MIR can pass that enthusiasm
for reflexology (that so stirred Dr. Stopfel) on to you. We offer
a prayer that your venture into the World of Reflexology will
bless and be blessed by the Sovereign Creator of all things.
Make your DREAM
Let the JOURNEY
"If you think you can, or you think you can't, you're right."
-------- Henry Ford, Sr.
here to enroll now!
pray believe that you receive,
and you will have it."