Otago Polytechnic

 Massage Therapy

 

 

Prepare for a career in healthcare and/or sports massage. Our practically-focussed programme will give you the hands-on skills you need to help relieve stress or pain, or support sporting performance through therapeutic massage and wellness coaching. You will learn in the classroom, in our supervised massage clinic, on the sidelines and in the community.

Our programme is highly regarded within the South Island massage industry and we enjoy an excellent relationship with Massage New Zealand (MNZ) as an NZQA-accredited training provider. MNZ is the only massage therapy specific membership body in New Zealand. 

 


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Massage Clinic

Tailored to meet your needs, we provide excellent, low-cost relaxation, therapeutic or sports massage sessions. Check out our schedule and book now! 

CAREER OUTCOMES
  • Stress Management Educator
  • Massage Therapist
  • Self-employment
  • Consultant

 

PROGRAMMES

 

Health bridging certificate

  • Dunedin or online with compulsory block courses
  • One year full-time; part-time options
  • Level 4
  • Starts February and July* (*six-month, full-time option possible for those with advanced standing)
  • Apply now

Don’t have the academic requirements you need to enter one of our diploma- or degree-level healthcare programmes? No problem. By studying courses such as Function of the Human Body and an Introduction to Careers in Health, you will be well-prepared to apply for your chosen diploma or degree.

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

  • Dunedin
  • One year full-time
  • Level 5
  • Starts February
  • Apply until start date

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.

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