Massage Therapy

Prepare for a career in sports, therapeutic or relaxation massage therapy. Learn the invaluable skills of this profession through real-life work experience at our very own on-campus massage clinic.

A massage therapist giving someone a massage

Our massage therapy programmes are highly regarded within the South Island Massage industry. As well as practicing the various techniques of massage, you will learn about anatomy, physiology, and get a sound introduction to business management. 

We have an excellent relationship with Massage New Zealand (MNZ) - the only massage therapy-specific membership body in New Zealand. You’ll have the option to become a registered Massage Therapist upon graduating, which offers all sorts of benefits. 

At Otago Polytechnic, we focus on practical learning. The real-world experience you’ll gain at our on-campus Massage Clinic will provide you with the skills to seamlessly transition from study to industry. 

Massage Therapy qualifications

Health, Health & Wellbeing

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.


1 Year Full-time

2 Years Part-time


On campus



Career potential

Health and Beauty Massage Therapist, Massage Therapist, Remedial Massage Therapist, Sports Massage Therapist, Stress Management Educator, Wellness Coach

Becks Jonson

Becks Jonson

Since graduating, Becks has worked with elite athletes, including the Highlanders, Otago Cricket and the Southern Steel. Contacts she made during her study opened many doors.

Discover our Institute of Sport, Exercise, and Health

 Get a taste of what it’s like to study this field at Otago Polytechnic: 

  • See all programmes offered 
  • Meet your lecturers and find out what makes them leaders in their chosen area 
  • Hear about our latest news and events 
  • Learn first-hand what it’s like to study with us from real students and graduates 
  • Read about our postgraduate research and projects 

Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health

Graduate and get registered with MNZ

Graduate and get registered with MNZ

As a graduate, you will be able to apply for registration with Massage New Zealand (MNZ).

Contact us

If you’re not sure what to study and would like some guidance, we’re here to help. Feel free to chat to us directly about any questions you may have.