Massage is an ancient healing technique that has been around for centuries. There are many different types of massage, from Deep Tissue through to Thai, Hot/Cold stone and of course Swedish.
Swedish Massage techniques were developed in the 1800s by Johann Georg Mezger, a Dutchman, who started using friction methods to treat patients who had sprained their muscles.
His dissertation: “The Treatment of Distorsio Pedis with Frictions”
Became the foundations for the massage technique I practise.
This also has links to 19th Century Swedish Gymnastics, which involved a variety of healing techniques, but they were all analysed and then developed into Swedish Massage.