The history of reflexology
Although there is some confusion about the true origins of reflexology, the modern therapy is based on an ancient form of foot and hand therapy, which has been practiced for thousands of years by many civilizations all over the world. There is evidence of the therapy being practiced in Egypt as depicted by a wall hieroglyph in the tomb of Ankmahor. The North American tribes of Indians are known to have practiced foot therapy for hundreds of years and the native Cherokee tribe traditionally treated the whole body by treating the feet using a technique that has been passed down through the generations and is still practiced today. They believe that the feet are connected to the earth and her energies. Modern reflexology techniques have mainly evolved from the work of an American doctor, Dr William Fitzgerald, who developed a method of ‘zone’ therapy. He discovered that pressure applied to certain points on the toes, hands and other parts of the body deadened pain in other areas. He was even able to carry out minor surgery using this technique.