Founder / Director ARTA practising reflexologist since 1972, Tony has given many thousands of treatments and lectured internationally.
From 1980 – 1990 Anthony was the European director of the International Institute of Reflexology. He reluctantly relinquished the post in 1989 to focus on new directions in reflexology; new ideas that could be utilised alongside the more orthodox techniques applied by most reflexologists.
Many years of accumulated experience have enabled the development of Advanced Reflexology Techniques, some of which are adapted and refined from existing practices, others are his own unique discoveries.
Anthony discovered that many ailments (presented by women in particular) are caused by hormonal imbalance – especially hypothyroidism, which is a major cause of gynaecological complaints, infertility, constipation, heart disease, carpal tunnel syndrome, depression, weight gain/weight loss, low back pain and many more. This condition is often unsuspected by medical and naturopathic practitioners alike. He discovered that a painful reflex does NOT always mean a pathological disturbance in a corresponding organ – it is the reflex texture which is important in detecting whether a disturbance is present! In fact sensitive reflexes can mean a better prognosis for a sick patient – See ART Manual.
In 1997 Anthony received the Eunice Ingham Award for his services to Reflexology. The following year the Association of Reflexologists awarded him an Honorary Fellowship.
ART mission statement
It is my mission and that of the ART tutors, to demonstrate to reflexologists and the public everywhere, the huge difference between the generally accepted image of reflexology as a gentle, relaxing, beauty type of therapy, with that of proper, authoritative, professional, therapeutically effective reflexology. As I travel around giving lectures and teaching ART I am often appalled at the standards of technique and understanding shown by many reflexologists. I say this not with any malice but with concern, that the wonderful therapy of reflexology is being represented in a very poor manner. I perceive this as the biggest threat facing the therapy. There is a huge difference between a properly trained reflexologist, particularly someone who has attended postgraduate ART Training, and someone who gives a feeble foot massage and calls it Reflexology.
About the ART techniques
Since Tony started as a reflexologist in London in 1972, he has continually experimented and then monitored the effects of different techniques and approaches to reflexology.
Many years of accumulated experience have enabled the development of Advanced Reflexology Techniques (ART), some of which are adapted and refined from existing practices, others are his own unique discoveries.
Tony discovered that many ailments (presented by women in particular) are caused by hormonal imbalance – especially hypothyroidism. A major cause of gynaecological complaints, infertility, constipation, heart disease, carpal tunnel syndrome, depression, weight gain/weight loss, low back pain and many more. This condition is often unsuspected by medical and naturopathic practitioners alike.
The ART techniques are taught and used internationally. For further information and details of seminars, the ART manual and DVD, go to the Training menu.
About Tony Porter
Because reflexology did not enjoy the popularity it has today, Tony was not aware of the reasons why his foot massage was so beneficial. He soon built up a very busy practice in North London, combining his body-work with foot massage.
It was not until a few years later that Tony was given a book by an osteopath colleague that would change his life; it was called ‘Stories the Feet Can Tell’ by Eunice Ingham, published in 1938.
Eunice Ingham, an American physical therapist who is known as the ‘Mother of reflexology’ developed a way of contacting areas of the feet with the fingers and thumbs, which she called reflexes. She called the system Reflexology, and her very precise method is now known throughout the world as the Ingham method.
It was from reading this book that Tony realised why his foot massage was so beneficial. Reflexology shows that contacting the feet in this precise manner has beneficial effects on the body.
Years later Tony was contacted by the nephew of Eunice Ingham; this in turn lead to many years promoting reflexology Internationally with Dwight Byers.
Experience taught Tony that another dimension was needed to be added to the therapy to make it even more therapeutically effective. Drawing on his many years in practice and observations made of other techniques used in other parts of the world, he created a system called ART (Advanced Reflexology Techniques).
These proved so successful that his work came to the attention of a leading London gynaecologist, who found that Tony’s techniques were helping some of his patients who were not responding to allopathic treatment.
A pilot study was set up at a London hospital to monitor the results. These proved to be immensely successful (McMillan/Porter Whipps Cross Hospital).
Today Tony is in great demand internationally, both to treat clients and to teach his unique methods. He works from two London Clinics, one in North London and the other in central London. He also holds clinics in Toulouse, France.