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New Zealand Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage (Level 5)

If you’re ready to become a Massage Therapist, this programme is the best place to start!

Did you know that incorrect massage techniques could damage a client’s well-being instead of help them? This 36-week programme teaches you all types of massage that can be used, how to apply them and why.

The human body is a complex masterpiece. During this diploma you’re taught the anatomy and physiology of a healthy body, the different types of massage techniques and how each of these can affect a person’s wellbeing. 

You’ll learn about massage theory, and practise how to apply it on clients, as well as what massage feels like to receive. 

Our classrooms are intentionally small in size, meaning you get more attention and support at every step of your learning journey. You’ll be taught on campus with a qualified tutor who ensures that your new found massage techniques and understanding of the human anatomy is correctly applied in theory and actual massage. In addition to this hands-on classroom learning, you’ll have access to e-learning where you can solidify your understanding with assessments and online quizzes set for your class. 

Massage is a passive form of exercise, so believe it or not – there are some physical requirements to this programme which our team will discuss with you when you enrol. 

Programme Objectives

The Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage is a 36-week programme that gives you the understanding, skills and attributes of a successful wellness and relaxation massage therapist.

Graduates of this qualification are open to a number of possible career paths such as self-employment, or working alongside other professionals in a multi-health practice (e.g. physiotherapy, acupuncture, osteopathy or medical centres) or rest homes and rehabilitation centres for the purpose of relaxation.

This programme can even provide amazing travelling opportunities to work on cruise ships, spas, resorts, hotels, ski-fields, gymnasiums, on-site corporates and much more. 

Key Components

Key components of the Diploma include:

  • Normal anatomy and physiological functioning of each of the human body systems and how they underpin massage therapy practice
  • Musculoskeletal anatomy and relevant surface anatomy to provide a theoretical and practical foundation for wellness and relaxation practice
  • Client assessment, session planning, evaluation and management, including goal management, evidence base for choice of intervention, safety considerations, ethical and professional and cultural requirements
  • Wellness and relaxation therapy interventions, including: relaxation massage techniques; wellness techniques; muscle- specific massage techniques; healthcare programming for stress and wellness interventions; and client education
  • Underpinning knowledge: history of massage; body mechanics and practitioner self-care practices; principles of massage; evidence-based effects of massage therapy (including indications and contraindications); stress and wellness theory; stress management;scope of practice; ethical considerations; professionalism; professionalization; multicultural practice; Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Massage Therapy Practicals

Our work placements are designed to prepare students for work in real world environments such as Spas and Massage Therapy Clinics. 

Our students are encouraged to participate in a wide range of practical opportunities to enhance their experience base. The ability to practice in-class learning is essential, and many work placements require home-based study.

All work placements involve standard industry practices and processes. Students will have an opportunity to practice through a selection of work placements. These work placements are based upon wellness and relaxation massage learning experiences and intended to reinforce in-class practical tuition. Work placements are assessed through methodologies such as:

  • In-class practicals
  • Client Information Collection
  • Case Study / Integration
  • Student Clinic Hours
  • Community Placements

Students are encouraged to practice on a wide range of clients to consolidate learnings. 

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Key facts

  • Students engage in 100 hours of Student Clinic experience

Next Steps

Students can become wellness and relaxation massage therapists or continue studying with us to learn more in-depth pathology and client treatment recovery allowing you to massage all clients:

  • Diploma in Clinical Massage Therapy (Level 6)

Career Opportunities

Massage Therapist

Course Costs

  • Tuition fees: $19,000
  • Course fees: $950

Qualifications Awarded

New Zealand Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage (Level 5)

2020 Intakes

Auckland Campus
30 March
20 July

Wellington Campus
20 July  

Christchurch Campus
23 March
20 July   

Location

This programme is offered at our Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch Campuses.

Duration

42 weeks including 6 weeks of holiday.

Entry Requirements

  • Be over 18 years of age, and have:
  • 80 NCEA credits with at least 60 Level 2 credits and Literacy and Numeracy at NCEA Level 1 or equivalent; or 
  • The NZCM Certificate in Study and Career Preparation for Massage (Level 4); or 
  • Relevant and equivalent level study or work experience. 
  • Good level of physical and mental fitness
  • International or domestic students whose first language is not English must score IELTS overall band score (Academic) of 5.5, with no band score lower than 5.0; or NZQA recognized equivalent. 

Additional selection requirements apply and are provided at the pre-enrolment interview.

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