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Massaging and touching the feet to help the body is a very ancient practice. The earliest recording of a therapy in the form that we now know as Reflexology was found on a tomb drawing by Egyptians dated 2330 BC.
Furthermore, the Chinese have been using the application of pressure as a healing therapy for over 5000 years. The documentation of Reflexology as we know it today is the work of Dr. William Fitzgerald and Mrs Eunice Ingham.
Fitzgerald divided the body into ten longitudinal zones. Everything in each zone is connected so pressure on toe at one end will affect the head at the other end. Stimulating any part of a zone in the foot by applying direct pressure affect the entire zone throughout the body or if the energy of one part is blocked this will mean that the whole zone will also be blocked.
Eunice discovered that all the reflexes ended in the feet and hands and described the position of the reflex areas for all the body parts in the feet. She mapped out the entire body on the feet, which she viewed as being a mini-map of the body. Reflexology was introduced into Britain in the 1960s by Doreen Bayley who had trained with Ingham in the US and on her return she set up the Bayly School of Reflexology.