NZ DIPLOMA IN WELLNESS AND RELAXATION MASSAGE LEVEL 5

NZ DIPLOMA IN WELLNESS AND RELAXATION MASSAGE LEVEL 5

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Key Information for Students

Our Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage, approved and accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, is designed for students who wish to become practitioners of Massage Techniques.  The programme, delivered over a period of 36 weeks, follows a full-time study 1-year pathway comprising a total of 120 credits at Level 5 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

The aim of this Diploma Qualification is to produce graduates who are equipped with the underpinning knowledge and skills for the application of 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.

Graduate Profile

Graduates of this qualification:

  • 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 functions of nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, immune, respiratory, metabolic, digestive, urinary, lymphatic and reproductive systems and how they contribute to wellness and relaxation 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 contra-indications); 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 techniques; healthcare programming for stress and wellness interventions; client education.
  • Will 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.
  • Apply knowledge of the human musculoskeletal system that gives humans the ability to move and provides form, support, stability and movement to the body.

Entry Requirements – Domestic Students

Students intending to apply for the New Zealand Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage Level 5 must be a minimum of 18 years of age, have passed at least 60 credits at NCEA Level 2 in one year or equivalent preferably including Biology and have no communicable diseases, physical or psychological impairments which may adversely affect their ability to undertake the programme of study or work with people in a clinical setting. 

Applicants must be able to communicate competently in English and will be required to undergo an interview to confirm their suitability for this programme.

Entry Requirements – International Students

International Students intending to apply for the New Zealand Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage Level 5 must be a minimum of 18 years of age, have passed at least 60 credits at NCEA Level 2 in one year or equivalent preferably including Biology and have no communicable diseases, physical or psychological impairments which may adversely affect their ability to undertake the programme of study or work with people in a clinical setting. 

Applicants must be able to communicate competently in English and will be required to undergo an interview to confirm their suitability for this programme.  International students whose first language is not English, must have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 5.5 with no band lower than 5.0 or equivalent evidence of English language proficiency. 

Complete all immigration requirements and have a valid student visa.

Submit evidence of appropriate medical and travel insurance.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates who successfully complete this Diploma Qualification are qualified to work as Wellness and Relaxation Massage Therapists in a broad range of wellness and relaxation massage settings including home-based massage therapy, mobile clinics, community-based massage therapy clinics, multi-disciplinary clinics and sports settings (non-injury work) and stress management education.

Other opportunities include ski-fields, gymnasiums, cruise ships, tourism, spas, resorts, hotels, on-site corporate, rest homes and rehabilitation centres.

Further Study

New Zealand Diploma in Remedial Massage Level 6

Bachelor Degree in Massage Therapy Level 7

Further study can also be taken in aromatherapy, reflexology and beauty spa therapies.