Welcome to MNZ

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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Registered members

1. Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) Levels 7

(Previously called Remedial Massage Therapist)

Hold a national (NZQA) Degree (Level 7) or equivalent in Therapeutic Massage.
Has a theoretical knowledge base in Human Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology and the Theory of Massage.
Must have completed a minimum of 30 supervised massage clinical hours during massage training or post-graduation.

Requirements are:

  • (NZQA) Degree (Level 7) or equivalent in Therapeutic Massage;
  • A current First Aid Certificate including CPR (should include unit standards 6400, 6401 and 6402);
  • Continued professional development (CPD) – 40 hours per two years

Benefits:

  • Can use the MNZ logo;
  • Have voting rights;
  • Receive the MNZ magazine and email news;
  • Receive information about courses and job opportunities;
  • Have access to a wide range of member benefits and discounts with MNZ preferred suppliers;
  • May choose to be listed on the “Find A Massage Therapist” directory on the MNZ website;
  • Have access to the members’ area of the website and the resources contained within;
  • Receive discounts on website, magazine and email advertising;
  • Receive an Annual Practising Certificate.
  • Membership costs and process

2. Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) Levels 6

(Previously called Remedial Massage Therapist)

Hold a national (NZQA) Diploma (Level 6) or equivalent in Therapeutic Massage.
Has a theoretical knowledge base in Human Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology and the Theory of Massage.
Must have completed a minimum of 30 supervised massage clinical hours during massage training or post-graduation.

Requirements are:

  • (NZQA) Diploma (Level 6) or equivalent in Therapeutic Massage;
  • A current First Aid Certificate including CPR (should include unit standards 6400, 6401 and 6402);
  • Continued professional development (CPD) – 40 hours per two years

Benefits:

  • Can use the MNZ logo;
  • Have voting rights;
  • Receive the MNZ magazine and email news;
  • Receive information about courses and job opportunities;
  • Have access to a wide range of member benefits and discounts with MNZ preferred suppliers;
  • May choose to be listed on the “Find A Massage Therapist” directory on the MNZ website;
  • Have access to the members’ area of the website and the resources contained within;
  • Receive discounts on website, magazine and email advertising;
  • Receive an Annual Practising Certificate.
  • Membership costs and process

3. Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) Level 5

(Previously called Certified Massage Therapist)

Holds a National (NZQA) Diploma in Wellness & Relaxation Massage (Level 5) or equivalent.
Has a theoretical knowledge base in Human Anatomy, Physiology and the Theory of Massage, and a practical massage competency.

Requirements are:

  • (NZQA) Diploma in Wellness & Relaxation Massage (Level 5) or equivalent;
  • A current First Aid Certificate including CPR (should include unit standards 6400, 6401 and 6402);
  • Continued professional development (CPD) – 40 hours per two years.

Benefits:

  • Can use the MNZ logo;
  • Have voting rights;
  • Receive the MNZ magazine and email news;
  • Receive information about courses and job opportunities;
  • Have access to a wide range of member benefits and discounts with MNZ preferred suppliers;
  • May choose to be listed on the “Find A Therapist” directory on the MNZ website;
  • Have access to the members’ area of the website and the resources contained within;
  • Receive discounts on website, magazine and email advertising;
  • Receive an Annual Practising Certificate
  • Membership costs and process

4. Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) Level 4

(Previously called Certified Massage Therapist)

Holds a National (NZQA) Certificate or equivalent in Relaxation Massage (Level 4, prior to 2017).
Has a theoretical knowledge base in Human Anatomy, Physiology and the Theory of Massage, and a practical massage competency.

Requirements are:

  • (NZQA) Certificate in Relaxation Massage or equivalent (Level 4);
  • A current First Aid Certificate including CPR (should include unit standards 6400, 6401 and 6402);
  • Continued professional development (CPD) – 40 hours per two years.

Benefits:

  • Can use the MNZ logo;
  • Have voting rights;
  • Receive the MNZ magazine and email news;
  • Receive information about courses and job opportunities;
  • Have access to a wide range of member benefits and discounts with MNZ preferred suppliers;
  • May choose to be listed on the “Find A Therapist” directory on the MNZ website;
  • Have access to the members’ area of the website and the resources contained within;
  • Receive discounts on website, magazine and email advertising;
  • Receive an Annual Practising Certificate
  • Membership costs and process

Non-registered members

1. Affiliate Level of Membership

This membership is for anyone who would like to receive the MNZ Magazine (e.g. training establishments; other associations; health related businesses). This level of membership is not available to individual therapists or massage businesses.

No requirements.

Affiliates:

  • Are offered a free reciprocal link with the MNZ website;
  • Receive discounts on website and magazine advertising;
  • Receive the MNZ magazine email news.

2. Student level of membership

Must be currently studying massage therapy, either full-time or part-time at an NZQA approved training provider.  Students must apply for membership at least 3 months prior to conclusion of their course.

Requirements:

  • Proof of student status (letter from NZQA approved training provider confirming enrolment in a programme of massage therapy education - NZQA level 4-7.  Please note, students studying below level 4 or training with a non-NZQA approved provider of massage therapy training are not eligilble for MNZ membership)

Student members:

  • Receive the MNZ magazine & mini email news;
  • Receive information about courses and job opportunities;
  • Have access to a wide range of member benefits and discounts with MNZ preferred suppliers;
  • Have access to the members’ area of the website and the resources contained within;
  • Receive an annual certificate of membership at Student level (this does not serve as an Annual Practising Certificate).
  • Membership costs and process

Life membership

Those MNZ members who have made an exceptional contribution to the massage industry.

Life members are nominated and the decision to award someone life membership is via voting at an AGM, where the nominated must be endorsed by at least a 75% majority vote. There can only be a maximum of 12 people holding life membership at any one time.

Requirements:

  • Must have held MNZ membership for at least 5 years prior to the nomination;
  • Must be nominated by two current financial members of MNZ;
  • Continued professional development (CPD) if would like to receive a practising certificate;
  • No fees are charged as life membership because it is bestowed on an individual by MNZ.

Life members:

  • Receive the MNZ magazine and email news;
  • Receive an MNZ permanent Life Member certificate.

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