Reflexology is based on an ancient form of therapy. There is evidence of some form of foot and hand therapy being practised in China as long ago as 2330 B.C. and also at the same time in Egypt, as depicted in the tomb of Ankmahor. The North American tribes of Indians are known to have practised a form of foot therapy for hundreds of years.
Whilst the art of reflexology dates back to Ancient Egypt, India and China, this therapy was not introduced to the West until Dr William Fitzgerald developed ‘Zone therapy’ in the early 1900s. He believed that reflex areas on the feet and hands were linked to other areas and organs of the body within the same zone.
In the 1930’s, Eunice Ingham a nurse and physiotherapist further developed this zone therapy into what is known as reflexology. She discovered that pressure on various points on the feet helped relieve pain and that all the nerves end in the feet. Her opinion was that congestion or tension in any part of the foot is mirrored in the corresponding part of the body.
Today Reflexology is one of the foremost complementary health treatments and more people and organizations including the NHS, are making ever greater use of Reflexologists and their skills.