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Massage New Zealand (MNZ) is the only massage therapy specific membership body in New Zealand for professional Massage Therapists. Our purpose is to promote massage therapy and the ongoing development of the massage industry in New Zealand through educating the public about the benefits of massage therapy for health and wellness and supporting the public to access high quality massage therapy through our database of MNZ registered Massage Therapists. 

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NZQA Accredited Providers

There are a range of NZQA accredited training providers and courses available in New Zealand. Courses are available through polytechnics and private training institutions.

The list below (in alphabetical order) gives the current NZQA accredited training providers in Massage Therapy. We suggest that you check with training institutions that the course you are interested in is also NZQA accredited, as not all courses are. As of 2017, the minimum NZQA requirement is now a level 5 qualification for those beginning training in Massage Therapy.


EIT

Eastern Institute of Technology

Napier | www.eit.ac.nz

Courses taught

NZQA Level

NZ Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation (2018 onwards)

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the health sector and massage therapy industry with people who can provide wellness and relaxation massage therapy services. Subjects covered: Anatomy and physiology, Relaxation Massage, Massage Practice, Nutrition, Activity & Health, Professional Studies, Sports massage, Massage Therapeutics, Clinical Practice.
5

NZ Diploma in Remedial Massage (2018 onwards)

Graduates will be able to assess, plan, implement and evaluate remedial massage therapy interventions to address musculoskeletal dysfunction. Subjects covered: Clinical assessment, Pathology for massage therapy, Neuromuscular therapy, Massage for physical performance, Applied clinical practice, Understanding research, Psychology of health and sport.
6

Evolution School of Beauty & Massage

Whangarei | www.evolutionschool.co.nz

Courses taught

NZQA Level

Diploma in Wellness & Relaxation Massage

The programme focusses on Relaxation Swedish massage, Infant and Child Massage, Onsite / Chair Massage and Sports Massage along with Nutrition, anatomy and physiology and integral biology, professional conduct and business awareness. The programme has a research component in terms of an interventions project and students undertake a high number of case studies and consultative processes.
5

NZ College of Chinese Medicine

Auckland | www.chinesemedicine.ac.nz

Hastings | www.lotuscampus.ac.nz


Courses taught

NZQA Level

NZ Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage

This programme equips graduates with the underpinning knowledge and skills for the application in wellness and relaxation therapies intervention: including anatomy, physiology and neuro-musculoskeletal anatomy relevant for relaxation massage techniques; healthcare programming for stress and wellness interventions; client education; movement integration and relexology.
5

NZ Diploma in Remedial Massage

This programme enables graduates to provide evidence based knowledge, ability and skills to assess, plan, implement and evaluate remedial massage therapy interventions to address musculoskeletal dysfunction and other common health conditions requiring remedial massage interventions for a broad range of clients in a safe healthcare context (this qualification staircases into the Bachelor of Massage Qualification offered in New Zealand).
6

Diploma in Tuina

This programme provides sufficient knowledge, practical skills and behavioural attributes for the general maintenance of health and lifestyle using traditional Chinese Medicine therapies, practices and philosophies of Tuina (Chinese Threapeutic Massage).
7

NZCM

New Zealand College of Massage

Auckland, Wellington & Christchurch | www.massagecollege.ac.nz

Courses taught

NZQA Level

NZCM Certificate in Massage (preparation and study)

A massage career preparatory programme covering the foundations of relaxation massage and the anatomy and physiology underpinning safe and effective application.
4

Diploma in Wellness & Relaxation Massage

Year 1 of the degree programme develops the knowledgeable, skills and attributes required of a professional massage therapist to fulfil their role in the field of wellness and relaxation specifically and healthcare in general.
5

Diploma in Advanced Clinical Massage Therapy (equates to NZ Diploma in Remedial Massage)

Year 2 of the degree programme develops the knoledgeable, skills and attributes required of a remedial massage therapist through education in assessment, treatment planning, and techniques for the management of a variety of soft tissue dysfunctions.
6

Bachelor of Health Studies (Massage and Neuromuscular Therapy)

Final year of the degree programme builds on the knowledgeable, skills and attributes developed to date and challenges the student to creatively devise person centered treatment strategies based on current best practice for increasingly complex and novel cases.
7

Otago

Otago Polytechnic

Dunedin | www.op.ac.nz

Courses taught

NZQA Level

NZ Diploma in Wellness & Relaxation Massage (2018 onwards)

Students will develop the ability to support the wellness of their clients through wellness coaching and massage therapy services. Our programme is learner-centred and enquiry-based making learning active and engaging. Students can expect to be exposed to a rich mix of community engagement and clinical practice during their time with us at one of New Zealand's leading polytechnics.
5

Diploma in Advanced Therapeutic Massage (equates to NZ Diploma in Remedial Massage)

Specific subjects: Bioscience, Anatomy & Physiology of all body systems, Relaxation Massage, Nutrition, activity and health. Therapeutic foundations. Therapeutic techniques, client-centred care, Therapeutic massage, Professional practice.
6

SIT

Southern Institute of Technology

Invercargill & Queenstown | www.sit.ac.nz

Courses taught

NZQA Level

New Zealand Diploma in Wellness & Relaxation Massage

Year 1 of the Bachelor of Therapeutic and Sports Massage degree programme with the aim to provide the health sector and massage therapy industry with people who can provide wellness and relaxation massage therapy services. Students can apply to enrol in to either the L5 Diploma or year 1 of the BTSM. Course covers: Health Aspects of Exercise and Nutrition, Surface Anatomy, Physiology for Massage Therapy, Foundations of Therapeutic and Sports Massage, Professional Studies, Therapeutics I.

5

New Zealand Diploma in Remedial Massage

Year 2 of the Bachelor of Therapeutic and Sports Massage degree programme with an emphasis on providing the health sector and massage therapy industry with people who can provide remedial/therapeutic massage therapy services. After successful completion of the Diploma L5 or the BTSM year 1, students can apply to enrol in to either the L6 Diploma or year 2 of the BTSM. Course covers: Pathology for Massage Practictioners, Massage for Physical Performance, Clinical Reasoning and Functional Assessment, Clinical Practice I, Clinical Practice II, Therapeutics II, Research Statistics.

6

Bachelor of Therapeutic & Sports Massage Degree (BTSM)

Year 3 of the Bachelow of Therapeutic and Sports Massage degree programme increases massage therapists' knowledge and skills, extending their ability in critical/professional/clinical reasoning to manage complex soft tissue rehabilitation. After successful completion of the Diploma L6 or the BTSM year 2, students can apply to enrol in to year 3 of the BTSM.

Graduates are critical thinking, reflective practitioners with technical and professional competence, sound reasoning and reserach literacy. They have a capacity to manage knowledge and its acquisition during their working lives. Course covers: Research and Advanced Professional Development, Advanced Clinical Reasoning and Clinical Practice III, Advanced Professional Studies, Therapeutics III.

7

Post Graduate Degree Programmes and Master of Applied Health Sciences (Wellness and Rehabilitation)

Successful completion of the BTSM degree will allow graduates to apply for entry into Postgraduate degree Level 8 & 9 programmes. These Southern Institute of Technology post graduate degree programmes of 60, 120 and 180 credits are designed for wellness and rehabilitation practitioners.



Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

Tauranga & Rotorua | www.toiohomai.ac.nz

Courses taught

NZQA Level

Diploma in Therapeutic and Sports Massage (equates to NZ Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage)

Feb-Nov 2018, 34 Weeks. Our student centred philosophy has created a programme that provides learning and networking opportunities. A student centred learning approach and project based assessment. Furthermore, this is enhanced by creating meaningful connections with current local industry leaders throughout the programme.

Semester 1: Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Body, The Fundamentals of Therapeutic Massage, The Professional Practitioner
Semester 2: Human Movement and Exercise Fundamentals, The Fundamentals of Sports Massage, Massage Therapy: Theory to Practice

5

Wintec

Waikato Institute of Technology

Hamilton | www.wintec.ac.nz

Courses taught

NZQA Level

NZ Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage 5

Wellpark College

Auckland | www.wellpark.co.nz

Courses taught

NZQA Level

Diploma in Wellness & Relaxation Massage

Increase in practitioner self awareness, clinical practices, whole body systems approaches and links to evidence-based critical thinking. Students have more hands-on skill development and access to new specific populations. We incorporate whole system integration and wellness that addresses mind and body, benefiting students and clients alike.
5

WelTec

Petone, Wellington | www.weltec.ac.nz

Courses taught

NZQA Level

Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage. Beginning March 2018 – subject to NZQA approval

5


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