Massage courses

The New Zealand College of Chinese Medicine is offering two New Zealand Diploma programmes of study leading to qualifications registers on the NZQF.

Name: New Zealand Diploma in Relaxation and Wellness Massage – Level 5

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Key Information for Students

Level 5, 120 credits

  • Full-time for 1 year
  • 36 weeks
  • Part time within 2 academic years

The aim of this programme is to produce graduates that are equipped 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; wellness techniques; muscle specific massage techniques; healthcare programming for stress and wellness interventions; client education; movement integration and reflexology.

Graduates will be capable to work independently and within the scope of practice defined by wellness and relaxation massage and will be able to communicate and refer with remedial massage therapists, allied health, wellness and medical professionals for those specialist services.

The course will be offered at both the NZCCM Greenlane Campus and in Hastings through NZCCM Lotus Campus.

Graduate Profile

A graduate of this qualification will be able to:

Utilise knowledge of normal anatomy and physiological functioning of the human body systems and how they underpin massage therapy practice.

Apply knowledge of neuro-musculoskeletal anatomy and relevant surface anatomy to provide theoretical and practical foundation for wellness and relaxation, remedial and sports massage therapy practice

Utilise knowledge of systems functions of nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, immune, respiratory, metabolic, digestive, urinary, lymphatic and reproductive systems and how they contribute to wellness and relaxation massage therapies.

Utilise underpinning knowledge of massage therapy practice: history of massage; body mechanics and practitioner self-care practices; principles of massage therapy; evidence-based effects of massage therapy (including indications and contraindications); stress and wellness theory; stress management; scope of practice; boundaries; ethical considerations, skills and values to engage with the process of developing as a professional healthcare practitioner in the New Zealand context; including knowledge of client assessment, history taking/interviewing, communication and listening.

Apply knowledge and skills for the application in wellness and relaxation therapies intervention: relaxation massage techniques; wellness techniques; muscle specific massage techniques; healthcare programming for stress and wellness interventions; client education.

Be proficient to industry standards in delivering manual massage therapies, movement integration and reflexology and effective in evaluation, reassessment and reflection of treatment plans for individual clients.

Education Pathway

This diploma can lead to:

  • New Zealand Diploma in Remedial Massage (Level 6), 120 credits
  • Bachelor’s degrees in massage therapy (Level 7)

Further study can be undertaken in aromascience, reflexology and beauty/ spa therapy.

Further study is required before being able to practice and be employed in remedial massage therapy.

Employment Pathway

Graduates will obtain the latest qualification in this field and open the door to a wide range of jobs in home – based massage therapy, mobile clinics, retail malls or multi-disciplinary clinics or spa based massage therapy clinics.

New Zealand Diploma in Remedial Massage (Level 6)

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Key Information for Students
  • Level 6, 120 credits
  • Full-time for 1 year
  • 36 weeks
  • Part time within 2 academic years

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the local community with graduates who are able to apply evidence based knowledge, ability and skills to assess, plan, implement, evaluate and implement 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 health care context.

The course will be offered at both the NZCCM Greenlane Campus and in Hastings through NZCCM Lotus Campus.

Graduate Profile

Graduates are able to constructively apply knowledge and skills of biomedical behavioural and psychosocial dimensions of health care social sciences in the provision of services for improved health and rehabilitation through remedial massage techniques and interventions to treat a variety of musculoskeletal and other system conditions.

Graduates are able to work in autonomous roles demonstrating mastery in remedial interventions with clients and to select and apply a range of professional, self-management, communication and client service knowledge and skills to meet remedial massage therapy client and industry needs through self-management and accountability in managing a massage therapy clinic.

Education Pathway

This diploma can lead to:

  • Bachelor’s degrees in massage therapy (Level 7)
  • Bachelor of Health Studies (Massage and Neuromuscular Therapy) (Level 7)

Further study can be undertaken in aroma science, reflexology and beauty/spa therapy.

Employment Pathway

Graduates will obtain the latest New Zealand registered qualification (with international recognition with NZQA partner countries) in the complimentary medicine industry sector and open the door to a wide range of jobs.

Graduate employment pathways include but are not limited to: Sports teams, gyms, off shore cruise ship liners, resorts and spas, self-employed in own clinic and allied health professional practice such as musculoskeletal specialists. Clinical Practice