The ancient art of reflexology originates from the Orient and the Middle East. It dates back almost 5000 years and is still practiced today in the Western world. Although we remain uncertain about the true origin of this powerful therapy, it is sufficient to say that it has stood the test of time and has helped thousands of people to better health. Many people report the benefits and effectiveness of the treatment, which has lead to widespread research into the field of reflexology. During the 16th century a number of books were published on zone therapy (reflexology) but the re-discovery of some form of systemised foot treatment is accredited to Dr. William Fitzgerald who called it Zone Therapy and drew it to the attention of the medical world between 1915 and 1917.
Modern reflexology was developed by medical doctors in America in the early 1900s. The techniques that form the basis for todays practitioners was pioneered and developed by physiotherapist Eunice Ingham (1889 – 1974) who extended the work of Dr Fitzgerald and painstakingly mapped the feet with all the corresponding organs and glands of the body.