Video: What is Reflexology?
A Brief History of Reflexology
The origins of Reflexology can be traced back to ancient civilizations. Pictographs are in the Physician's Tomb in Egypt, dating from 2330 BC. Throughout India, Asia, Tibet, China, Japan and the Mediterranean there has been evidencing where footwork and other healing modalities were practiced. The earliest European writings on "zone therapy" were published by Dr. A'tatis and Dr. Adamus in the late 1500's.
Dr. William H Fitzgerald and Dr. Edwin F Bowers continued this work in the United States in 1913. Fitzgerald observed that applying pressure had an anesthetic effect on other areas of the body. He coauthored "Relieving Pain at Home" in 1917. Refining and building upon this body of work in the 1930's was Dr. Joe Shelby Riley and Eunice Ingham. In the 1940's Eunice began teaching classes across the United States. Her Findings narrowed her focus from reflexes located throughout the body to those located in the feet. She also observed that the feet and hands were especially sensitive, and mapped the entire body into "reflexes" on the feet renaming "zone therapy" to reflexology. Reflexology included both zone therapy and the anatomical model to determine the areas to be worked. In the 1960's Eunice's student, Doreen Bayly introduced reflexology to Great Britain.
Please Note: I am not a medical practitioner or a doctor. I do not treat, diagnose or prescribe. Reflexology is not a substitute for medical care, diagnosis or a medical examination.