Reflexology is a complementary therapy which works on the hands or feet to help restore equilibrium to a whole person. Rather than just treating symptoms, this gentle healing art encourages the person's own healing systems to be activated to maintain well-being. Using precise hand and finger techniques, a reflexologist may improve circulaton, induce relaxation and enable homeostatsis.
Reflexology is the holistic understanding, study and practice of treating points in the feet that relate to corresponding parts of the body. It dates back to ancient Egypt and China - Egyptian tomb art work dating from around 2000BC is an indication that even then the benefits of this therapy were strongly acknowledged.
It was not until 1913 that Dr William Fitzgerald introduced this therapy to the West. He found that the application of pressure to one part of the body could create a response in another. This reflex relationship was found to lie within certain longitudinal zones, of which there were ten in the body. Dr. Fitzgerald called this the science of "zone therapy".
In the 1930’s a young physiotherapist called Eunice Ingham further developed the study of zone therapy into reflexology as we know it today. It was she who determined that the reflexes on the feet and hands were an exact mirror image of the organs of the body.