Reflexology - the history

Reflexology Baldock Hertfordshire

Reflexology is thought to have originated 5000 years ago in China, and 4000 years ago in Egypt. Ancient tomb paintings show men manipulating the feet and hands of others.

The therapy evolved in the West in the early 20th century when Dr. William Fitzgerald, an ear, nose and throat specialist at Boston General Hospital became interested in Zone Therapy in 1915. This provided the foundation for Reflexology.

In Zone Therapy the body is divided into ten vertical zones running from the tips of the toes to the head and back down to the finger tips. All parts of the body within the zone are linked.

Dr. Fitzgerald began to introduce his patients to Zone Therapy. He applied pressure to their feet and hands to relieve pain in other parts of the body and shared his knowledge with his colleague Dr. Joe Riley.

Through Riley a physiotherapist called Eunice Ingham got to know about Zone Therapy and was fascinated by the concept. She began to use it on her patients. To her amazement she noticed a marked speeding up of the patient healing ability. It was Ingham who named the treatment ‘Reflexology’. It was Ingham’s pupil Doreen Bailey who brought reflexology to Britain in 1966.

What does Reflexology do ?

Key structures and organs in the body are connected to thousands of nerve endings in the hands and feet known as reflex points.

Reflexology stimulates the neural pathways (and hence the organ) when pressure is correctly applied to them. This in turn acts to release any blockages and restore circulation and lymphatic flow to aid flushing of toxins.

Skilled practitioners can detect high mucus levels either in the sinus or digestive system. This can indicate allergies, colds or a sinus infection.

If found in the digestive system it could indicate inflammation of the system such as IBS.

What are the benefits of Reflexology?

Reduces stress and induces deep relaxation

Improves circulation

Cleanses the body of toxins and impurities

Brings the body into a state of balance (homeostasis)

Modern reflexology is both a science and an art. As a science it requires careful study, faithful practice and a sound knowledge of the techniques and skill. As a healing art reflexology gives the best results when the therapist works with dedication, patience and focused attention.

Reflexology acts as an MOT for the body, mind and soul. Would you miss an MOT on your car?

What can Reflexology help with?

back pain

Reflexology can help many conditions. Here are some common ones:

Asthma, back pain, sciatica, and colitis

Gastro-intestinal disorders

Depression, anxiety, headaches and stress

Skin disorders, fatigue, allergies and oedema

Menopausal symptoms, non-medical infertility

Insomnia and more!


contraindications stop

There are certain conditions for which Reflexology is not the treatment of choice.  Here are some examples:

Contagious skin disease eg impetigo, scabies, chicken pox and mumps

Any untreated severe medical condition

Severe varicose veins

Athletes foot

Within two years of major surgery

Thrombosis, phlebitis, anyone with a pacemaker

Psychotic disorders and pregnancy first trimester

Book an Appointment!

To experience the benefits of this therapy call Polly now on:

07942 675 828

Please note your first appointment will be extended to include a full medical consultation.

We’ve added some images of the treatment room below – so you will know it when you see it!  The room has it’s own energy and our Clients report feelings of peace and tranquility just being there…

treatment room baldock hertfordshire