Reflexology has been used for 1000’s of years, images of this ancient practice are featured on Egyptian hieroglyphs. There is evidence that it was used in China are far back as 4000 BC. The Chinese used reflexology alongside acupuncture. North American Indians have also practiced a form of foot therapy for hundreds of years.
Reflexology was brought to the west in the form of Zone Therapy. This is based on longitudinal lines running from the brain through the body to the hands and feet. Dr William Fitzgerald, an American, studied Chinese healing techniques and through experiments found the physiological changes throughout the body could be brought about by applying pressure to the feet or other extremities.
Eunice Ingham, a physiotherapist, heard about this discovery and became fascinated with this style of treatment which she introduced to her physiotherapy practice. She also found that Reflexology sped up the healing process after surgery. She was to eventually resign from her position and start a private reflexology practice. Her work became well known across the United States and she wrote the first book on the subject of reflexology, ‘Stories The Feet Can Tell Thru Reflexology’.