is one of the foremost practitioners of Reflexology in the world today,
and she is recognized as a pioneer of modern Reflexology. Her
school in Essex, England is a direct result of her effectiveness as a
healer and the tremendous popularity that has grown from it. She
is one of Reflexology's best teachers and an internationally recognized
author. Amazingly, she achieved all this in spite of being severely
a bright and energetic ten year old, Ann loved sports of all
kinds. One day her legs suddenly began to feel weak and achey,
and doctors soon recognized that she had been stricken with
polio. Within a few days she could not even lift her head from
the pillow. With treatment the strength slowly started to come
back to her body, but after months of painful therapy her right leg
remained numb. Permanently paralyzed, she would never again walk
on her own.
five agonizing years she learned to walk with a brace on her leg and a
crutch for support. She regained her freedom to move about on her
own then, and with a burning desire to be independent and live a full
life, she enrolled in a business college. Soon she was very
successful in a new job, and within a few years she was happily married
and started her own family. Through all of her trials Ann had
developed a cheerful attitude and determined toughness of character
that enabled her to overcome all difficulties. She was on her way
to a life of accomplishment that many would envy
found her true calling in 1970 when she became a personal assistant to
specialists in general surgery, obstetrics, neurology, and orthopedics
at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. Since her own time of healing
she had wanted to work in medicine, helping to heal others as she
had been helped.
1975 she was introduced to Reflexology when her brother Tony started
using it to treat her son Jonathan for chronic asthma. Tony had trained
at Dwight Byers' International Institute of Reflexology in
Florida. The treatments were so amazingly effective that Ann
decided she had to learn more about the science herself.
studied at the London branch of the International Institute, and in
1977 she started her own practice and quickly became a phenomenal
success. Soon people from all over England were coming to her for
1979 she and Tony were asked to become teachers at the International
Institute in London and to help expand its teaching facilities.
Over the next seven years they helped create new professional training
schools in London and Manchester, then on to France, Switzerland,
Germany and Israel.
1985 Ann decided to open her own school in England, and the British
School of Reflexology was founded. Training classes were
instituted throughout England, and today it is still the leading school
in the professional field of reflexology training.
1987 she wrote her first book about Reflexology, and has followed with
nine more popular publications. Over a million copies of her
books have been sold, and they have been reprinted in 17
languages. Her first video program stayed on top of best-seller
lists in the US for more than a year. A second, more advanced
program called Reflexology and the Living, Loving Woman was released at
the end of 2001 and is even more popular.
continues a busy schedule of teaching, writing, editing her quarterly
Points, lecturing at civic organizations and medical
conventions, and talking about Reflexology on radio and television