A Brief History of Reflexology



The Chinese are said to have used an early form of Reflexology more than 5000 years ago. Egyptian tomb artwork dating from around 2000 BC suggests that a form of Reflexology was used then. These ancient forms were based on the principle that energy zones run throughout the body.



This was developed further in the early 19th Century as Zone Therapy where it was discovered that applying pressure in various places along vertical zones the length of the body could ease underlying problems. Then Eunice Ingham found that working the feet was the most effective way to apply the zone therapy because they were the most sensitive and responsive areas, with thousands of nerve endings.


Reflexology was introduced to Britain in the early 1960's where its benefits are being recognised which is why its popularity is growing.