About Reflexology

Reflexology is a complementary medicine technique which by applying pressure on specific areas in our feet, allows our body to heal itself. This technique is based on the principle that certain areas in our feet correspond to certain parts in our body and/or certain feelings.


Doctors agree that over 75% of our health problems can be linked to stress and tension. Reflexology is a wonderful and very efficient technique that helps our body to relax and clear these blockages.

Reflexology is an entirely natural therapy which does not introduce our body to sny chemicals. Only the hands of the Reflexologist are used to give the treatment. That means using a spimle and safe method of healing our body. 

Reflexology may play some role in detection of certain health issues (In those cases I will usually send you to consult with your doctor and maybe conduct some medical tests). Signs and textures of our feet can indicate that there is something that worth further investigation. 

What Is Not Reflexology?

While trying to understand what Reflexology is, it's not less important to realize what it is not...

- Reflexology is not a substitute to what we know as conventional medical treatment. Reflexology compliments today’s medical care, and the cooperation between the two brings the foremost results.

- Reflexology is not a foot massage. It's purpose is not to have an occasional pleasure, but to deal with specific issues. Reflexology will usually include several sessions until the results can be seen.

- Reflexology is not a technique to tell the future.


The earliest evidence found of Reflexology history goes back to ancient Egypt as inscriptions found in the physician's tomb at Saqqara, Egypt.


The hieroglyphics translation is as follows: "Don’t hurt me." The practitioner’s reply:- " I shall act so you praise me. "

Over the years, Reflexology has been researched, developed and expanded all over the globe. Today, we can find Reflexology methods that use not only our feet but also our hands and ears.

Dr. William H. Fitzgerald


The modern Reflexology technique was born in Boston by Dr. William H. Fitzgerald, M.D. (1872-1942) as the "Zone Theory". Dr. Fitzgerald, an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist introduced in 1913 the theory that applying pressure to zones corresponding to areas in our body can achieve pain relief, or analgesia. 

The "Zone Theory" was further researched and improved by the nurse and Physiotherapist Eunice D. Ingham (1889-1974).

Ingham, who worked closely with Dr. Fitzgerald, had the opportunity to carefully check and examine the pressure points on the feet of hundreds of patients. As a result of her thorough research, Ingham mapped those areas and was able to determine that the reflexes on the feet are an exact mirror of our body organs. In 1938 Ingham published her book "Stories The Feet Can Tell", where she documented her research and created the fundamentals of today's most common Reflexology technique.

       Eunice D. Ingham

Reflexology is not a substitute to medical treatment, nor can be used to diagnose medical disorders or prescribe or adjust medications

Copyright © Foot & Soul - Reflexology Services in Rockville, Southern Maryland, Greater D.C. Area