Although this natural healing technique has only recently gained recognition in the United States, it has actually been around for centuries. There is recorded evidence that the ancient Egyptians and Chinese practiced a form of reflexology before 2,330 B.C.

The North American pioneer of Reflexology was Dr. William Fitzgerald, M.D., an ear-nose-throat specialist in Conneticut. In 1913, he became interested in zone therapy, the practice of alleviating pressure on specific parts of the body. Since then American doctors have explored the use of reflexology as a complimentary therapy in the treatment of their patients.

In the early 1930's therapy assistant Eunice Ingham designated that because the human foot has a high degree of sensitivity, this area should receive therapeutic massage treatment. Today, reflexology is gaining acceptance by a growing number of therapists and medical professionals who are seeking complimentary forms of therapy for their patients.

Reflexology is an ancient form of holistic treatment, with links to Egyptian, Chinese, Japanese and Indian cultures. It involves stimulating the nerve connections in the soles of the foot to balance and restore energy to various organs in the body.

Reflexology is the science that deals with the principle there are areas on the feet and hands which correspond to the major glands and organs of the body. By using specific pressure on an area of the foot, an effect will be felt on the corresponding area of the body.

Reflexology reduces stress and induces relaxation

Most people who try reflexology for the first time find it far more relaxing than a general body massage.

The patient can sit down, or lie down, with his feet exposed.