History of Reflexology

History of Reflexology

Modern reflexology is an ancient form of therapy. There is evidence of some form of hand and foot therapy being practiced in China as long ago as 4,000 B.C. and also at the same time in Egypt, as depicted the pictogram on the left. The North American tribes of Indians are known to have practiced a form of foot therapy for hundreds of years. There is some confusion about the true origin of this powerful therapy, sufficient to say that it has stood the test of time and has helped thousands of people.

The dictionary definition of a reflex’ is an involuntary or instinctive movement in response to a stimulus. Foot reflexology is by far the most popular form of reflexology practiced in the UK. It is based on the principle that there are reflex points on the feet that correspond to every organ, gland and part of the body, e.g., the toes represent the head and the ball of the foot represents the chest and lung region. Dr. William Fitzgerald, (1874 – 1942), developed the practice of reflexology in Europe and it is evolving and expanding all the time.

A pictogram in the tomb of Ankhmahorat Saqqara 2330 BC


The hieroglyphics translate “Don’t hurt me.”

The practitioner’s reply:-” I shall act so you praise me. “