The prevention and treatment of diseases have changed. Still from prehistoric and ancient times to the 21st century has witnessed natural therapies in various forms, acupressure is one of them. Here’s the history of the origins of Reflexology!

What Reflexology is?

Acupressure therapy uses hand, thumb, and finger techniques to stimulate certain areas of the feet.

These correspond to different parts of the body. So, massage promotes health and well-being.


The Origins of Reflexology

Is an ancient practice, its origin and history are difficult to track.

However, reflexology has been passed down orally. In fact, it was possibly first recorded as a pictograph on the Egyptian tomb of Ankhamor in 2330 BC.

Reflexology symbols are on the feet of statues of Buddha in India and later China.

Reflexology in India

In India, 5,000 years ago the feet symbolize the unity of the entire universe.

Sanskrit symbols depicted on the feet of the Buddha were seen as expressions of a higher reality. Even, with the dominance of Buddhist and Hindu philosophy, when the monks migrated to China, Japan, Korea, Tibet, and Vietnam, they took the treatment with.

Reflexology & Kenkoh

In the spring of 1949, Mr. Kyu-kichi Yamanashi, a former Japanese railway worker, established a small shoe factory. After suffering from tuberculosis he began to experiment with ancient oriental feet treatments including ‘take-fumi’: walking on bamboo shoots, and ‘soku-sin-do’: Japanese reflexology.

This is how the very first Kenkoh massage shoe, with the rubber nodules we use today, came to life in 1965.

The nodules are designed to replicate the ancient reflexology treatment, indeed.

Eunice Ingham, the Mother of Modern Reflexology

However, the practice was pioneered by a woman called Eunice Ingham (1889 – 1974).

After extensive research, she developed the map of the entire body on the feet where one point on the foot corresponds to a certain part of the body.

By using acupressure or massage techniques on these points, a positive effect is created in the corresponding body part.


There is no concrete evidence of the origin of reflexology

Although there is no concrete evidence of the origin, acupressure foot massage has proven to result in the healing of various ailments throughout the centuries.

The research-based development of Kenkoh is a milestone in the field of reflexology and its ancient principles.