What can reflexology treat?

Reflexology has been known to help with most dis-eases in the body, whether that is to reduce the symptoms or tackle the causal areas of stress. For the best results it is better to use reflexology in conjunction with other therapies.

A brief history of Reflexology

The Term reflexology was not coined until the 1940’s but its actual roots go much further back. In the Tomb of the Egyptian physician; Ankmahor (circa 2,500 – 2330 B.C.) it shows a painting of two therapists working on clients’ hands and feet, the hieroglyphics above the scene translates to “Do not let it be painful” says the patient “I do as you please” is the reply.

In ancient China there are references to hand and feet therapy, that are outside the texts on acupressure, which date back to around 4,000 BC. They too had divided the body up into longitudinal zones as early as 2,500 BC, which relates to modern zone therapy.

The Mayans of South America, practised a form of reflexology, an example of this can be found at the Altar of Copan, it was the work of Jurgen Kaiser that translated the pictographs. In North America Native Cherokee Indians of the Bear Clan have also practised a form of foot therapy for hundreds of years, although this was an oral Shamanic tradition the first written record reference to it is found in 1690, when early settlers where trying to record the Ways of the Savages.

Modern reflexology

Modern reflexology, although based on these early forms, really started as Zone Therapy in the 16th Century, especially the work of Dr. Adamus and Dr. A’tatis, who wrote several treatise on the subject.  This therapy became very obscure, and it wasn’t until Dr. William Fitzgerald (1872-1942) in 1915 that is once more became main stream, when he published an article entitled “To stop that toothache, squeeze your toe” in Everybody’s Magazine. He then went on to produce a series of books, about Zone Therapy.

Reflexology as we know it today, is down to the pioneering work of Eunice Ingham, who took Fitzgerald’s work to new depths, and spent many years mapping the feet with the associated organ. Her two greatest works were “Stories the Feet Can Tell” and “Stories the Feet have Told”.

Since then there has been much in the way of development with this therapy, but Eunices work is still the foundation from which it has all grown.