History of Reflexology

Reflexology can be traced back thousands of years. It has been practiced through the ages in all of the great cultures of the world. Egyptian, Chinese and Indian records, dating back thousands of years, show evidence of this holistic healing art. An ancient Egyptian wall painting dating back to 2330 BC, shows people receiving both hand and foot reflexology.

Dr. William Fitzgerald, who was a nose and throat specialist, pioneered “Zone Therapy” in the USA, and is considered to be the father of modern reflexology.  Zone therapy refers to the concept of dividing the body into 10 zones- 5 on each side of the body- and any reflexes stimulated on these zones would stimulate any organs, glands, and body parts located along that zone.  About 1913, he discovered that pressure, when applied to certain points of the body, relieved pain and led to an improvement in functions of body organs.