New Zealand Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage (Level 5)

This qualification gives you an advanced understanding of anatomy and physiology. You’ll learn clinical techniques and theory, and have the opportunity to apply what you learn in our massage clinic, with real clients.

About the programme

Develop the skills and understanding needed to provide massage and support clients to improve their wellness. 

Learn about anatomy and physiology, relaxation and therapeutic massage, stress management and wellness promotion methods. In a supervised classroom setting, you'll both conduct and receive massage to help enhance your understanding of the massage process. Gain hands-on experience in our massage clinic as you put your skills into practice with real clients. 

Our massage programme is highly regarded within the South Island massage industry and we enjoy an excellent relationship with Massage New Zealand (MNZ). MNZ is the only massage therapy-specific membership body in New Zealand and you’ll be able to apply for registration with MNZ when you successfully complete this programme.  

Graduates may operate their own massage therapy business, or may find employment within the spa industry. Alternatively, you can progress into the second year of our Bachelor of Applied Science where you can further your studies in massage and health, expand your skill set into rehabilitation (remedial) massage and increase your employment options. 


  • Anatomy, physiology, models of health and wellness
  • Relaxation Massage
  • Therapeutic Massage
  • Wellness promotion
  • Stress management
  • Professional ethics and an introduction to business management

We are part of Te Pūkenga

When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic, you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people, and you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative only. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.