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A Decade of Soothing Runners' Aches and Pains on the Relay for Life

8 March 2018 - For more than a decade, students from the New Zealand College of Massage (NZCM) have been helping participants in the Relay for Life recover from the race's little aches and pains. All that effort deserves a massage at the finish line…… and this year, they'll be doing it again!

This year at Frank Kitts Park, Wellington on 17 and 18 March, the NZCM students will be decked out in their NZCM uniforms and massage tables at the ready, so participants should look out for them.

NZCM Lead Tutor, Marcus Tidwell says, “This is a great way to introduce new therapists to the public. They get to interact with different body types and various age groups.  Relay attracts large groups of students, family and friends of loved ones that have passed due to cancer, and also many survivors that continue to thrive and battle the disease.

He continues, “It’s also a chance for our current students and alumni to give back to the community. Student therapists get to experience participating in a public event that bolsters their classroom learning in a supportive and supervised environment. It prepares them for their careers post study and builds their confidence as budding professional massage therapists.”

There will be at least 20 students and alumni involved at the Wellington Relay.  Typically, the team will see at least 200 The community can’t miss the black and green uniformed NZCM team, and will also see the professional massage tables lined up, linen, oil/wax, and a happy to help masseuse.

The main request from participants is to focus on their legs and/or low back massage due to running and/or walking for several hours.  Students have the opportunity to assist and also practice their massage and interpersonal skills which to date has proven very popular with the crowds.

Marcus added, “We’ve supported Relay for over a decade and is one of our major community events as it aligns well with the health and wellness focus of our massage programmes.  We are thrilled to be able to provide this service to such a great community event.”

Relay For Life – Wellington www.everydayhero.co.nz/event/Relay-For-Life-Wellington


Delivering the Message Through Massage Students Help Runners Recover

21 February 2018 - Putting the "fun" into fun runs, New Zealand’s leading tertiary education provider for massage therapy, the New Zealand College of Massage (NZCM), worked their magic on exhausted athletes participating in the Cigna Round the Bays fun run last weekend.

Reaching out to their community, the NZCM students offered free massages to over 60 athletes who completed their run in Kilbirnie Park.

“Joining the event was a great opportunity for our students to improve their skills and also have a positive impact on the health and well-being of people from our community,” Marcus Tidwell, NZCM Wellington Lead Tutor, says.

“Massage is about getting people back on track by supporting recovery and to enable them to feel fit and healthy.

“We were able to send off a lot of people with smiles on their faces on Sunday which was rewarding for our team,” Marcus explains.

NZCM students are trained in a wide range of skills and knowledge required for diverse careers in the massage therapy industry, including sports massage, where students learn the treatment of soft tissue, musculoskeletal dysfunction, and sporting injuries.

“The balance and integration of mind and hands is central to all of our courses,” Taulalo Fiso, NZCM Group Director says.

With campuses in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch, NZCM offers NZQA accredited courses for a Bachelor of Health Studies, a Diploma in Clinical Massage Therapy, a New Zealand Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage, and a Certificate in Study and Career Preparation for Massage with enrolments opening now.

Marcus’ students will be out in the Wellington community again for Relay for Life, a fundraiser event for Cancer Society NZ, on March 17-18, to offer free massage to members of the public.