Otago Polytechnic

Massage Therapy

Prepare for a career in healthcare, focused on the hands-on treatment and management of muscolo-skeletal conditions, as well as stress managment. Our practical programmes use a blend of online learning, practical block courses and clinical experience in our Massage Therapy Clinic to give you the skills you will need.

Our programmes are 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. 

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! 

 Programme pathways

Please note: As long as you meet the specific entry requirements for that programme, you can enter all programmes directly, without having to follow a pathway. Successful completion of one programme does not necessarily guarantee you entry to a higher level qualification. Please check all entry requirements carefully on the programme information sheet.

  Health bridging certificate

If you don't have the academic qualifications required to enter our Bachelor of Applied Science degree, these Certificates can act as a bridging option. This year long programme is replacing the Certificate in Health (Level 4) from February, 2018. It consists of two separate Certificate qualifications - the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) and the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4). You will be enrolled in both of these qualifications at the beginning of the year.

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

This qualification will help you develop the skills and understanding needed to provide massage and support clients to improve their wellness. 

*subject to final approval

Career outcomes

> Stress Management Educator
> Massage Therapist


  Diploma in Advanced Therapeutic Massage (Level 6)

Develop the skills and knowledge in advanced anatomy and physiology, pathology, assessment techniques, advanced soft-tissue methods, business skills and professional practice. 

Career outcomes

  • Graduates will be eligible to apply for registration with Massage New Zealand as Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)
  • This Diploma prepares you to work as a remedial massage therapist helping clients recover from pain, rehabilitate from injuries or improve sporting performance. Graduates often work alongside doctors, physios and other healthcare providers