History Of Reflexology

Reflexology probably originated in China around 5000BC, the Taoists were a religious group interested in how to keep human behaviour in accordance with natural alternating cycles. Over the years many drawings from China have been discovered depicting diagrams of healing using the feet and hands.  In Egypt hieroglyphs from the tomb of Ankmahor at the Saqqara showed a detailed foot treatment, this tomb dates back to around 2400BC, this is probably one of the most famous depictions of reflexology.  Incas practised a form of reflexology, this knowledge was passed to my Cherokee ancestors who still practice this form of therapy today.

In recent times Sir Henry Head an English neurologist proved there was a neurological relationship between pressure applied to the skin and internal organs. Around 30 years later Dr William Fitzgerald and ENT specialist ‘the Father of reflexology’ founded ‘Zone Therapy’.  He discovered that when pressure was applied to the fingers it could create a local anesthetic effect.  In 1932 Sir Charles Sherrington a neurologist won a Nobel Prize for his work – ‘The Integrative Action of The Nervous System’ in which he describes ow the nerves control body functions and how reflex pathways control the activities of the body.

Modern reflexology can be attributed to Euncie Ingham ‘the mother of modern reflexology’.  Using Dr Fitzgeralds Zone Therapy she developed the unique ‘Footmaps’ of the body, aiding us to locate the reflexes in the feet relative to every part of the body, additionally Ingham also discovered crystal deposits, something you will hear me refer to during your treatments.