Reflexology is practiced by Pepi at her location near Athens, Greece.
It is a system of applying pressure to realign the body’s vital energy flow and release ‘blockages’ in specific areas that cause pain or illness.
It has been used since ancient times in Egypt, India, China. It was introduced in the United States in1913 by William H. Fitzgerald, M.D. (1872–1942), an ear, nose, and throat specialist, and Edwin F. Bowers. Fitzgerald supported that the application of pressure had an anesthetic effect on other areas of the body.
It was modified in the 1930s and 1940s by Eunice D. Ingham (1889–1974), a nurse and physiotherapist. Ingham claimed that the feet and hands were especially sensitive, and mapped the entire body into “reflexes” on the feet, renaming “zone therapy” reflexology.
Many of the modern reflexologists use Ingham’s methods, or similar techniques of reflexologist Laura Norman.