History of Modern Massage Therapy

Course Study Notes (Abridged Version)

Per Henrik Ling

  • Swedish Movements system that encompassed active, passive, and duplicated movements
  • Royal Central Institute of Gymnastics, 1813–1839

Johann Mezger of Holland

  • medical massage
  • used French terminology to describe particular massage techniques in the Ling system

George Henry Taylor and Charles Fayette Taylor

  • introduced the Ling system to the USA in 1856

John Harvey Kellog

  • published a wellness magazine called Good Health, which was well received by the public


  • The turn of the century showed significant development in the field of physical therapy.