Reflexology is the technique of applying
pressure to reflex areas primarily on the feet, hands and ears,
to bring about a state of deep relaxation, rejuvenation, and
to stimulate the body’s innate ability to heal.
The theory underlying Reflexology is that the organs, nerves,
glands and other parts of the body are connected to reflex areas
or points on the feet, hands, ears, as well as other localities
on the body.
By stimulating these areas or points using specific thumb, finger
and hand techniques, a direct response can be created in a related
Reflexology Bible by Louise Keet, © 2008.
first documented history of Reflexology is believed to be around
2,330 BC in Egypt, in the tomb of Egyptian Physician, Ankhmahor.
Many civilizations have practiced Reflexology as evidenced in
Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Traditional East Asian
foot reflexology is called Zoku Shin Do (or Sokushindo) and its
roots go back to ancient China over 5,000 years ago.
Between 300-700, the Mayans and Incas passed down pressure therapy
of feet and hands to the North Americans.
In the Medicine Teaching Temple in Nara, Japan there is a stone
carving that illustrates Buddha’s footprints, or the soles
of his feet, that is dated 790.
In India there are paintings of the Hindu god Vishnu with symbols
that correspond to modern day reflex points.
Native American cultures to this day practice a form of reflexology
that they continue to pass on through generations.
Britain, Germany and Russia can be credited with developing the
first modern Pressure Therapy, Zone Therapy and footwork throughout
Europe. Dr. William Fitzgerald brought Zone Therapy to the U.S.
in the early 1900s. His predecessors who continued to practice
this and develop what we now commonly call Reflexology, were Dr.
Joseph Riley, Eunice Ingham and Dwight Byers. There is also a
modern Reflexology method from Denmark that effectively utilizes
Touchpoint Therapy. Reflexologists around the world attend workshops
teaching its ways.
~ Please be aware that Reflexology is a non-invasive,
relaxing and healing modality, not intended to diagnose, treat,
nor cure any dis-ease. Reflexology is not meant to substitute
medical advice. Please consult your physician in all matters relating
to health, particularly those that may require diagnosis or medical