Pehr Henrik Ling was born in 1776 in Södra Ljunga in southern Sweden. From an early age he showed great talent in gymnastics. He was also driven by an interest in literature, and in 1835 he was elected to the Swedish Academy.
After Pehr Henrik Ling’s passing in 1839, the book “The General Basics of Gymnastic” was published, presenting the most prominent elements of his gymnastics philosophy. The ideas were further developed at GCI by his son Hjalmar, who established the traditional so called Ling gymnastics.
In addition to educational gymnastics, GCI also was a center for physiotherapy. From 1934, physiotherapy belonged to the Karolinska Institute although the education was located at GCI until 1958.