The history of massage has been a long time in the making. It's earliest orgins come from the Chinese as early as 5000 B.C. Important contributors to the science of massage include Chinese, Egyptians and Hinduis. All these founders made major contributions to the pillars of massage therapy and founded some specific methods. The modern day massage therapy didn't begin until the 19th century, when Per Henril Ling began to develop coin the modern day phrase for Swedish Massage. Swedish Massage is one of the foundational arts that every massage therapy student begins their journey as a full time massage therapist.