Different forms of foot massage were practiced in ancient Eqypt, India and China, but it wasn't until 1913 that Dr. William Fitzgerald introduced this to the West as 'Zone Therapy'. He noted that reflex areas of the feet and hands were linked to other areas and organs of the body within the same zone. In the 1930's Eunice Ingham, a physiotherapist, further developed and refined zone therapy into what is now known as reflexology and 'mapped' the feet with the various reflex points that we use today. She also observed that congestion or tension in any part of the foot is mirrored in the corresponding part of the body.
Reflexology as we know it today is a complementary therapy which works on the feet to aid healing to the whole person, not just the prevailing symptoms.
Professional reflexologists do not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe. Reflexology is a very individual treatment which works holistically, so it is not possible to know in advance how you will react. The theory is that reflexology helps the body to restore its balance naturally. Usually, after a treatment your tension may be reduced and you might feel relaxed. You may also notice yourself sleeping better and find your mood and sense of wellbeing improve, along with other aspects, however this happens on an individual basis. To find out more about reflexology and how it works within your body, please below to access the interactive foot and hand charts from the Association of Reflexologists: