The origins of reflexology date back at least 5000 years when the Chinese were known to have used a type of pressure therapy not unlike acupuncture.
Texts and drawings by the ancient Egyptians around 3000BC indicate the use of foot massage. This early painting of reflexology was found in the tomb of the ancient Egyptian physician, Ankmahor, who was one of the most influential people at that time. The patients are receiving reflexology on their hands and feet. In the hyroglyphic inscription, the patient says "Don't hurt me", and the practitioner's reply is "I shall act so you praise me".Books on the art of "Zone Therapy" were published in Europe in 1582. More recently, zone therapy advanced in the early 20th century especially in America and was popularised by an American lady, Eunice Ingham who travelled extensively, lecturing and training practitioners.
A British nurse, Doreen Bayly, met Eunice Ingham in America and was greatly impressed by her work. Mrs Bayly returned to England in the early 1960s where she built up a busy practice and training school. It was with the Bayly School of Reflexology that I trained.
Reflexology is a complementary therapy and no claims are made for diagnosis or cure.
It is not a substitute for medical treatment and advice.
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