Reflexology is believed to have been practiced in India and China as long ago as 4,000 B.C. And also in Egypt, as depicted in the tomb of Ankmahor. And for hundreds of years, The North American Indians are also said to have practiced a form of foot therapy.
Since then there is a variety of evidence charting its evolvement. Some highlights include:
In the 1890s, Sir Henry Head, a neurologist in London, developed the concept of Head Zones when he discovered that certain zones of the skin reflected the state of internal organs and that treatment on a zone could have an effect on the corresponding organ.
Similarly, in the early 1900s, American ENT Surgeon and Physician, Dr William Fitzgerald introduced Zone Therapy. He wrote an article that stated, “To stop that toothache, squeeze your toe.” Whilst controversial, Zone Therapy found some success as a form of pain relief or analgesia for doctors and dentists.
In 1906 Sir Charles Sherrington, an English pioneer in neurophysiology and physiologist, developed a greater understanding of the nervous system and reflexes – he called it Proprioception. In 1932, his work earned him the Nobel Prize.
In the 1930’s, American physiotherapist, Eunice Ingham developed FitzGerald’s Zone Therapy and mapped the entire body into his zones – her work provides the basis of the foot charts used in reflexology today.
It was Doreen Bayly, who trained with Eunice Ingham, who brought reflexology back to the U.K in 1964.
Eco & People Friendly
It is my aim to run Reflexology At The Cocoon as environmentally and people friendly as I can. This includes recycled rubber stepping stones, eco and people friendly Little Greene paint (colours inspired by the clay pits in St Austell, Cornwall), organic candles and complementary sanitary supplies in the zen toilet that are not only eco-friendly and safer for use, but help donate sanitary products to females in need of the basics.
Wherever possible, recycled, sustainable, environmentally friendly and ethical products have been used in its set up and will be used in its day to day running. This will be an ongoing and developing effort. In turn, any Reflexology At The Cocoon waste will be recycled where possible.
With my own commute cut to a matter of footsteps, Reflexology At The Cocoon is ideally located. Being close to the three step bridges that lead to the centre of Kenilworth town, bus stops and the new train station, many clients are able to consider walking and public transport. However, free parking is of course available on the drive for those that can’t.