This principle – which became zone therapy – was further developed in the early 19th century with the discovery that applying pressure in various places along 10 vertical zones the length of the body could ease underlying problems.
These ideas were expanded when practitioners such as Eunice Ingham found that working with the feet was most effective, as they were the most sensitive and responsive areas, with thousands of nerve endings. Reflexology was introduced to Britain in the early 1960s, and its popularity continues to grow.
Can everyone enjoy reflexology? Reflexology is suitable for most adults but there are certain conditions where you should avoid reflexology. To ensure the continued well-being of clients, all treatments begin with a consultation, which enables your therapist to make sure that reflexology is right for you. In some instances your doctor’s permission may be required before treatments can commence, for example, if you have diabetes. An individual confidential record card will be kept with any relevant notes for future treatments.