Otago Polytechnic

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


Dunedin with practical experience

One year full-time
Until start date
  • Location
    Study breaks
  • Dunedin
    22 February 2021
    28 June 2021 - 16 July 2021
    19 April 2021 - 30 April 2021
    4 October 2021 - 15 October 2021
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. 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. 

Career possibilities 
  • Massage therapist
  • Wellness coach
What will this programme cover?
  • Anatomy, physiology, models of health and wellness
  • Relaxation Massage
  • Therapeutic Massage
  • Wellness promotion
  • Stress management
  • Professional ethics and an introduction to business management
Entry requirements
  • We prefer that you have a minimum of 48 credits at NCEA Level 2 (or equivalent) made up of
    • at least 12 credits at NCEA Level 2 English
    • at least 12 credits at NCEA Level 2 science, and
    • a minimum of 12 credits at NCEA Level 2 in at least one other subject, OR
    •  you have relevant and current work experience (of at least two years).
  • The tasks undertaken require evidence of competence in science and English, as specified above.
  • Applications from mature students (over 20) are welcome.
  • You will be required to submit a personal statement outlining why you wish to enter this programme and which of your personal qualities and experiences support your application.
  • You will be required to take part in an interview.
  • For health and safety reasons, you must declare any health conditions and hold a current first aid certificate (or be prepared to work towards one).
  • Due to the online nature of the programme, you will also need to have some familiarity with the use of computers.
  • International students will be individually assessed to ensure you are ready for this study. 
  • If English is not your first language, you must provide:

If you need to improve your English Language skills, we offer a wide range of English programmes.

Please note: This programme is subject to minimum numbers.

Additional documentation 

You must supply certified copies of proof of identity and proof of residency (where appropriate). 

Additional costs
  • Course-related materials such as massage tables, equipment, textbooks and a uniform will come to a maximum cost of $1,000 per year
  • You also require your own laptop/tablet that are able to bring with you to class
Student loans and allowances 

Student loans and allowances are for domestic students only. For information about student loans and allowances please visit the Studylink website. It is important to apply for your student loan/allowance at the same time as you apply for this programme, due to the length of time Studylink take to process. Loan/allowance applications can be cancelled at any time if you decide to withdraw your programme application or if it is unsuccessful. 


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.

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