About reflexology

Reflexology is based on the principle that there are different points on the feet which correspond with the organs, glands and parts of the body. It is based on Zone Theory whereby the body is divided into 10 vertical zones ending in the fingers and toes. Every organ, gland, muscle etc. lies within a zone that can be accessed via a specific reflex point on the feet.

Reflexologist use special finger thumb manipulation to stimulate and sedate reflexes. It is thought this helps relieve tension in the corresponding part of the body.

Millions of people around the world use reflexology alongside conventional health care.


Reflexology is an ancient practice and possibly first recorded as a pictograph on an Egyptian tomb in 2330BC. Paintings of the Hindu god Vishnu record Sanskrit symbols on Vishnu's feet which may depict reflexology points. The Chinese classic 'The Yellow Emperors Classic Internal Medicine' which was written 1,000 BC discusses the connection of life force and points and areas on the feet.

Modern reflexology was brought to the world’s attention by Dr. William Fitzgerald in 1913 and he designed a chart on the longitudinal zones on the body. The term 'reflexology' was first coined in the 1930s by Eunich Ingham. She observed that congestion or tension in any parts of the foot is mirrored in corresponding part of the body and she subsequently developed the foot map which is still in use today.

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