Massage in the United States
Modern Swedish massage was developed by Per Henrik Ling’s “Gymnastic Movements” in 1813. Massage was popularized in the United States, in the 1850’s by physicians George and Charles Taylor, who studied massage in Europe before bringing the therapy home to the United States.
Through the years, massage therapy has grown in the United States and was used to treat shell shock during World War I. Shortly after the war, medical advancements pushed massage treatments to the side and made massage a luxury for the rich. During the end of the 20th century it has made a comeback because of the popularity of natural healing.
There are over 80 types of massage therapy used today and massage is commonly used in doctor’s offices, rehabilitation centers, vacation resorts and massage centers like ours. Massage therapy continues to grow and become a mainstay in more and more people’s lives.