Reflexology is an ancient therapy that can be traced back to ancient Egypt and China. Reflexology as a modern complementary therapy was developed by an American physiotherapist called Eunice Ingham.


Reflexology is a science that is based on the principle that there are reflexes in both the feet and the hands that correspond to the glands, organs and the physical anatomy of the body. Manipulating these reflexes produces a corresponding effect in the associated area of the body and it is this effect that can aid relaxation or ailments.

Reflexology can be used for treating a number of ailments, including:

  • sinusitis
  • high blood pressure
  • stress and stress related illnesses (headaches)
  • allergies
  • sciatica
  • digestive problems
  • bladder or kidney problems
  • infertility issues
  • menopause
  • acne
  • depression / grief

Whether reflexology is seen as a relaxation therapy for stress or a treatment for pain relief, it can be very beneficial to maintaining a greater sense of well being in one’s life.

The Association of Reflexologists has produced the following video which provides a good introduction to reflexology as a complementary therapy.