What is Reflexology?
The benefits of reflexology have been known to mankind for a long time. There have been suggestions that the art of reflexology was practiced in Ancient Egypt and China 4000 years ago, although there is no evidence of this. Reflexology is now very popular in the western world, having been re-introduced initially by Dr William Fitzgerald, who called it “zone therapy”. Physiotherapist Eunice Ingham extended the work of Dr Fitzgerald in the 1930s. She did extensive research and mapped the reflexes on the feet as they relate to other parts of the body.
The theory is that areas of the feet, hands and face known as reflexes correspond to organs, glands and tissues in other parts of the body. By applying varying pressure to these reflexes we can help the body to balance and so aid the natural healing response of the body. Reflexology promotes good circulation and helps rid the body of toxins.
Eunice Ingham believed passionately that people could help themselves back to health by the use of reflexology.
Since then other people have adapted footmaps according to their own experience. The footmap shown on this page is the one agreed by the members of the Association of Reflexologists.