Reflexology is believed to date back to ancient Egypt, where illustrations depicting foot treatments were found in the tomb of an Egyptian physician called Ankmahor (around 2500 BC).
Modern Reflexology was developed in the early 20th century when Dr William Fitzgerald became aware that research was being developed in Europe regarding the functioning of the nervous system and the effects of stimulation of the sensory pathways on the rest of the body. Dr Fitzgerald experimented with pain relief and established that pressure applied to the body could have an anaesthetic effect on other areas away from the pressure site. He discovered Zone Therapy in 1917.
Eunice Ingham later learned a simplified version of Zone Therapy and went on to use foot maps based on her research into the practice of Reflexology. She developed the 'Ingham Method' in the 1930s on which the modern form of Reflexology was subsequently based.