The history of Massage Therapy dates back thousands of years. The first written records of massage therapy were found in China & Egypt.
2700 BC: The first known Chinese medical text called “The Yellow Emperor’s Classic Book of Internal Medicine”, there were references to massage. This book was first published in English in 1949, and has become a staple in massage therapy training and is also often used as a textbook for teaching many other forms of alternative medicine such as acupuncture, acupressure and herbology.
2500 BC: Egyptian tomb paintings show how massage therapy was also a part of their medical tradition. Their studies and traditions greatly influenced other cultures such as the Greeks and Romans.Julius Caesar, who suffered from headaches received regular massage treatments. The classical technique known as ‘Swedish Massage” was developed by Swedish Professor Per Henrik Ling. He established a school of massage in Stockholm in 1877. Most cultures around the world developed various forms of healing/therapeutic massage.
Ref: Allied Health Schools, The Therapy Centre