History of Reflexology

History of Reflexology

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 Reflexology dates back around 3,000 years and has been used by the Chinese, Indians, Egyptians and the American Indians.
 Their theory was that working on the feet would promote good health.


  Reflexology was not only known to the Egyptians but also to the ancient Greeks, Arabs and the Indians and in the far east Buddhist monks introduced it to China and then into Japan.
foot   However, it wasn't until 1913 that Dr. William Fitzgerald who is considered the founding father of modern Reflexology introduced it as  'zone therapy' to begin with to the western world.

  Dr. Fitzgerald theorised that the body can be divided into ten longitudinal lines or zones. In 1913 he developed the Zone Theory of the Human Body, proving that certain parts of the body correspond to other parts.

  It was not until the 1930’s that Eunice Ingham, a physiotherapist who used zone therapy with her patients, concluded that the feet were the most responsive areas for working on the zones due to the fact that they are extremely sensitive. She mapped the entire body onto the feet and found that therapeutic effects were far better when applied through the feet as compared to other parts of the body. It is Eunice we have to thank for the beginning of Reflexology as it is known today.

Modern Reflexology is both a science and an art.  

Sheila Nelson    Clayton-le-moors Accrington Lancashire BB5 5XD       Tel: (01254) 231271