Certificate in Relaxation Massage

Programme Objectives

Relaxation massage brings about a general sense of unwinding in the body and reduces muscle tension. It assists general health and immune function and reduces the effects of stress, anxiety and trauma. Pressure may be lighter or deeper, depending on the receiver, and may be general or more focused on particular muscle groups. Research studies show that touch is essential for health and wellbeing.

This programme combines instruction on current relaxation massage techniques and quality of touch with relevant information on the human body. Learn to apply a wide range of relaxation and deeper massage techniques with a focus on quality of touch while practicing the importance of correct body dynamics as a massage therapist. Develop your consultation skills with client questionnaires, feedback and assessment to work with healthy and well people.

Be introduced to all of the body systems, especially the musculoskeletal system where you will experience hands on learning looking at the body’s superficial muscles.

Explore reflexology and aromatherapy and expand your skills with reiki, on-site chair massage, sports massage and hot stone therapy.

Learn how to run a successful massage business ensuring a professional image and safe therapy practices.

Key Components

  • Relaxation Massage Techniques
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Professional massage therapy equipment and use
  • Sports Therapy
  • Introduction to Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • First Aid Certification – a requirement for all practicing health practitioners including massage therapists
  • Business Skills for mass practitioners to set up your own massage therapy practice
  • Introduction to Reiki, Reflexology and Facial/Spa Massage, On-site chair massage
  • Introduction to Surface Anatomy – Identification of bones and muscles

Massage Therapy Practicums

  • Students will have an opportunity to earn credits through a selection of Practicums.
  • These are based upon Massage Therapy learning experiences and skill development and intended to reinforce in-class practical tuition. Practicum’s are assessed through
  • methodologies such as:
  • Practical Massage Practicums
  • Client Information Collection & Session Planning Skills
  • Case Studies
  • Student Clinic
  • Community Placements

Why Choose This Qualification?

  • Your Certificate will enable you to practice massage professionally for relaxation of healthy people.
  • There are many employment opportunities including: self employment, work within the spa industry, workplace, onsite, corporates, gymnasiums, tourism/hotel industry and health centres.
  • This Certificate is a very useful addition to other health/ fitness qualifications, e.g. nursing, physiotherapy, beauty therapy, sports science and personal training.

Practical Opportunities

NZCM students are encouraged to participate in a wide range a practical opportunities to enhance their experience base. The ability to use friends and amily to practice in-class learning is essential with many practicums necessitating homebased study and massage required. NZCM practicums are designed to help prepare students to work in real world environments such as Spas and Massage Therapy Clinics. All practicums contact refers to standard industry practices and processes in all practicums.

Entry Criteria

  • Be over 18 years of age with physical and mental fitness
  • International students must hold General or Academic IELTS 5.5 with no band score lower than 5.0, or equivalent

Start / Finish Dates Weekend Certificate Programmes

Note: The Weekend Certificate Programme will have classes for approximately 2 weekends per month, with a duration of 7 months in total.

  • Auckland:
    • February Intake: 10 February 2017 – 24 September 2017
    • May Intake: 5 May 2017 – 3 December 2017 (subject to numbers)
  • Wellington: 
    • 8 April 2017 – 26 November 2017 (subject to numbers)
    • 2 September 2017 – 27 May 2018
  • Christchurch
    • 7 April 2017 – 28 October 2017
    • 22nd September 2017 – 15th April 2018

Key Facts

  • NZQA approved Level 4
  • Part Time option: 13 weekends in class (plus home study). This is approximately 2 weekends a month for the duration of this programme
  • Plus 30 hours student clinic experience
  • Approved for Student Loans for domestic students

Fees Schedule

Disclaimer: These fees were correct as at 21 December 2016.

Tuition Fees (7 Month PTC Only) Incl GST $2900
Course Related Costs Incl GST
Apparel $92
Textbooks $65
Clinic Linen Hire $80
Massage Starter Kit $30
Inclass Resources and Course
Manual Cost $75
PC, Wireless and Internet $40
ID Card $12

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