The relationship between stimulating nerves with pressure, particularly in the feet, and the restoration of health has been studied by numerous innovative neuro-scientists for centuries. Eunice Ingham is credited for bringing reflexology to life and to the public in the US in the early to mid 1900’s.
For more information: Reflexology: Art, Science & History by Christine Issel
Reflexology is the product of neurology, the study of nerves and the central nervous system.
It is not the study of the musculature system, nor the energy system.
The agreed upon definition according to the Reflexology Association of America (RAA), The American Reflexology Certification Board (ARCB), and The National Counsel for Reflexology Educators (NCRE) is:
Reflexology, an integrative health practice, maps the 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.