Kenkoh Reflexology Health Massage Sandals

The History of Kenkoh

  • 1965 Kyu-kichi Yamanashi completed the prototype wooden soled massage sandal.
  • 1969 Yugi Yamanashi initiated mass production of the Kenkoh® massage sandal.
  • 1980 Jacob Wurtz tried on Kenkohs® at a Natural Health Convention in Florida, and recognized the powerful health benefits.
  • 1985 Jacob and his business partner Jane Strong bought several hundred pairs and sold them out in 10 days at a state fair. Kenkoh® was used to launch a 9 store chain called Happy Feet Plus, currently selling 150 – 200 pairs of Kenkohs®/week.
  • 2006 clinical study – Kyoto University School of Medicine, Japan. Kenkoh® overall was Best of Class. The findings: (1) Overall fatigue was eased (2) The feeling of fatigue and listlessness improved significantly (3) Pulse rate remained significantly lower (4) Reduction of lower limb swelling (5) Subjects had less foot pain, and they felt better.
  • 2011 the brand was launched nationally in the U.S. and is being offered to select premium Health and Wellness Footwear Accounts.


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