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History of Massage Time-line

  • Pre 3000 BC: Cave paintings of massage being performed.
  • 3000 BC: Chinese books document massage techniques.
  • 2330 BC: The Tomb of Akmanthor painting produced in Egypt.

cave paining from ancient Egypt of massage

  • 1800 BC: Indian Head massage (champi) techniques seen in the texts of Ayurveda (The Art of Life).
  • 722-481 BC: Chinese Nei-jing compilation of medical knowledge sees 30 chapters referencing massage.
  • 500 BC: Hirodicus uses and his student Hippocrates studies effects of massage.
  • 27 BC – 1453 AD: Romans build bathhouses with massage rooms.
  • 1025 AD: The Canon of Medicine produced by Persian philosopher Avicenna (Ibn Sina) detailing massage for pain relief.
  • 1450 AD: Renaissance reawakens interest and study into massage.
  • 1550 AD: Ambroise Pare uses massage in France and England as a Royal surgeon. (Rosser)
  • 1813 AD: Per Henrik Ling founded Royal Central Gymnastic Institute in Sweden and is credited with devising an exercise regime and massage techniques.
  • 1878 AD: Dutch physician Dr Johann Mezgner devises a system of massage and names strokes in French.
  • 1894 AD: Society of Trained Masseuses (now called Chartered Society of Physiotherapy) is formed by 4 nurses as a regulatory body.
  • 1914 – 1918 AD: World War I sees an increase in massage therapy to aid the injured.
  • 1930 – 1950 AD: Decline is massage treatment as medical science find new treatments.
  • 1968 AD: City and Guilds provides a course and qualification through colleges in the UK.
  • 1984 AD: Summer Olympics in Los Angels televises massage on athletes for the first time.
  • 1996 AD: Summer Olympics in Atlanta US Team is offered massage “as a core medical service”.
  • Modern day: Massage is now considered a good complementary therapy to help the body to heal and relax.