The Beginning: The Far East
Cultures in India, Japan, China, Egypt and Europe have worked on the feet since the beginning of time. Their early work eventually developed into what we call ‘reflexology’ today.
Early Egyptian papyrus and wall paintings depicted medical practitioners treating the hands and feet of patients. The earliest record, dating back to 2300 B.C.E., was discovered in the Physician’s Tomb of Ankhmahor in Saqqara, Egypt. (Ankhmahor was the highest-ranking official after the King.) The hieroglyphics seen in Ankhmahor’s wall painting translate to “Don’t hurt me” and the response, “I shall act so you praise me.”
Reflexology, an integrative health practice, maps a reflection of the body predominately on the feet, hands and outer ears. It uses unique manual techniques to deliver pressure to neural pathways assisting the body to function optimally.