“Six years ago I accidentally discovered that pressure with a cotton tipped probe on the muco-cutinous margin (where the skin joins the mucous membrane) of the nose gave an anaesthetic result as though a cocaine solution had been applied. I further found that there were many spots in the nose, mouth, throat and on both surfaces of the tongue, which, when pressed firmly, deadened definite areas of sensation. Also, that pressure exerted over any bony eminence of the hands, feet or over the joints, produces the same characteristic results in pain relief. I found also that when pain was relieved, the condition that produced the pain was most generally relieved. This led to my ‘mapping out’ these various areas and their associated connections and also to noting the conditions influenced through them. This science I have named “Zone Therapy”.
Another pioneer of reflexology was Dr .Joe Shelby Riley who brought the science of Zone Therapy to the public. A physiotherapist working with Dr. Riley, Eunice Ingham, the extended the work of Dr. Fitzgerald and mapped the feet with all the corresponding organs and glands of the body.
Source: International Institute of Reflexology