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Information for 2022 Diploma in Wellness & Relaxation Massage Learners

Nau mai, haere mai! Welcome to Otago Polytechnic and the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health. We’re looking forward to a successful and enjoyable year with you.

This website will help prepare you for joining us and contains important information relating to what you can expect as a learner in our programme.

Your first day

All new students will be welcomed with a Mihi Whakatau in the Atrium on Monday, 21 February 2022 at 10.00am. Please assemble outside the Hub (Otago Polytechnic main entrance) on Forth Street.

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After the welcome and some kai, please listen out for staff when they call you to walk over to the school at the Sargood Centre, 40 Logan Park Drive.  We will be meeting in the Gallery at approximately 10.15am. 

Lunch will be provided at midday at the Sargood Centre where you will be based for your studies during the semester. Google map

We will be catering to a variety of dietary requirements. Please advise any allergen specific dietary requirements we need to be aware of by Monday 06 February 2021 by emailing


Please bring these items with you on your first day of study:

  • If you already have a First Aid Certificate that will be valid until at least July 2022 please bring proof of this to your first day of study or you can upload it to your application portal or email it to before semester starts
  • Your own laptop or tablet
  • Your Student Hub log on details (see your acceptance email)
  • Clothing to train in as you will be doing some personal fitness and exercise activities as well as some introductory classes
  • Snacks and a drink bottle
Pōwhiri for Māori learners

All Māori students are invited to attend a pōwhiri organised by mana whenua to welcome you to Dunedin/Ōtepoti on Tuesday 22 February 2022.

Buses will leave from outside Manaaki, 51 Harbour Terrace, at 8.45am. ISEH staff will be present to support any Māori student who wishes to attend. Students are encouraged to attend pōwhiri and we have arranged activities for the first week so that you will not miss anything. Please note that our staff are available in the office all of the first week of semester to assist with any concerns or issues.

Important Dates

The programme commences on Monday 21 February 2022 at the Otago Polytechnic Dunedin Campus. The exact time and location for your first day will be sent to you closer to your start date.


Semester one commences 21 February 2022
Mid semester break 11 April 2022 - 01 May 2022
Semester one ends 01 July 2022


Mid-year break 02 July 2022 - 24 July 2022


Semester two commences 25 July 2022
Mid semester break 26 September 2022 - 09 October 2022
Semester two ends 25 November 2022


Please do not book any airfares/holidays without confirming your intention with the Programme Leader first. Learners are not permitted to sit assessments outside the scheduled times unless there are exceptional circumstances (holidays do not meet this criteria). 


Your first week

Your Student Hub timetables won’t show what is happening in the first week but you are expected to attend daily. More information will follow closer to the start of the semester. This will be an orientation week of organised activities, you are expected to attend all sessions. Some classes will also start this week and we will notify you of this closer to the time.


Beyond that

You’ll be in class Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9-4 pm, dependent on the timetable, with Wednesdays and Fridays being rostered supervised clinic time where you will work with massage clients.

Requirements for this programme

You will be required to have your own laptop or tablet for this programme. You are also required to have suitable footwear and clothing for practical work. Please bring this with you on your first day of study. A list of recommended reading will be available on the online learning platform (Moodle) for each course.

Your timetable on your Student portal on the Student Hub will be subject to changes. Please watch your emails and check on the Student Hub. Your logon details (username and password) for the Student Hub will be on the emails previously sent to you confirming your enrolment.


It is an expectation that learners are familiar with Microsoft applications such as Word and Excel. All learners will be able to download Office 365 for free, you will not need to purchase Microsoft Office.


The recommended Learner Laptop operating systems for the 2021 Academic Year:


For Windows computers:

Minimum - Windows 8.1 or higher (Windows 8.1 support ends 10/01/2023)

Recommended – Windows 10 (with the latest Feature Update applied, or within 1 version of the latest Feature Update)


For Apple computers:

Minimum – Mac OS X 10.14 or higher (this will be the minimum supported level that allows OP Learners to install the current Office 365 software)


Learners should be aware that Apple only provide support for OS X versions that are 3 versions below the current supported version


Otago Polytechnic campus has free wireless internet access for learners.

Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health Uniform

We have worked with Gilbert to design a base range that is low cost, yet high quality and comfortable. Uniforms are an important part of being a professional practitioner and are a requirement of all students. As a result, students will be required to order a 5-item compulsory uniform that will be worn for all gym visits, gym instruction shifts and when training clients.

How to pre-order. Visit our suppliers’ online shop at (Preferred option). The items you will require are as follows. Please pick you sizes carefully and select your gender for the non-unsex items. Once you have selected all five items in the compulsory range, you can enter the following promo code: OTPOL21 to receive a discount. This will reduce the cost of the 5 compulsory items to $250.00.


OTAGO POLY Core Training Tee UNISEX-Black- (COMPULSORY) $44.85
OTAGO POLY Core Polo MENS-Black or WNS-Black- (COMPULSORY) $51.75
OTAGO POLY Core Pullover Fleece Hoodie UNISEX-Grey- (COMPULSORY) $63.25
OTAGO POLY Core Gym Short MENS-Black or WNS-Black (COMPULSORY) $43.13
OTAGO POLY Cypher Tapered Travel Pants UNISEX- (COMPULSORY) $69.00


There are a number of other items, including jackets and vest that can be ordered also. These are not compulsory, however you may want to order them now, while they are still available. You will see on the site, in your “shopping cart” that there is a “quote” button. This can be used to generate a quote for course related costs, if you need to use this to pay for your uniform.

Remember to use the code OTPOL21 (letter O) to get a discount.

Queries about orders can be sent to the supplier representative Regan Finch

Required Texts & Course Related Costs (Year 1)

You will need all of the required texts for both your coursework and your massage practice. They are clinical reference texts rather than textbooks that you will throw away after completing the course. The estimated cost is based on the Book Depository price. The recommended book list is below.


Required Texts



Estimated cost

Required for

Muscolino – The muscle and bone palpation manual with trigger points, referral patterns and stretching $83.33 Therapeutic foundations, Therapeutic techniques, Therapeutic massage
Salvo – Massage therapy principles & practice $138.99 All courses
A Massage Therapist's Guide to Pathology $150.82 Relaxation massage Therapeutic foundations, Therapeutic techniques, Therapeutic massage
Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapists 3rd Edition $78.46 Bioscience

Recommended texts (Year 1)


Other recommended texts Recommended for
Biel - Trail guide to the body Anatomy; Massage – Therapeutic and beyond
Calais-Germain - Anatomy of movement (English language version) Anatomy
Clay & Pounds - Basic clinical massage – integrating anatomy and treatment Therapeutic massage
Gilroy, A. - Atlas of anatomy Anatomy 2
Marieb & Hoehn - Human anatomy & physiology Bioscience
Romas & Sharma – Practical Stress Management Stress management
Roseberry, M. (2007). Marketing massage – how to build your dream practice (2nd ed.). New York: Thomson Delmar Learning Massage practice

Estimated Course-related Costs


Item Estimated Cost
Text books $451.60
Uniform $250.00
Total $701.60


First Aid Certificate

All students are required to have a current First Aid Certificate. If you already have a First Aid Certificate that will be valid until at least December 2022 please bring proof of this to your first day of study.

If you do not have a current version then a free training course will be offered to you.

Compulsory courses are scheduled for Thursday 4 March and Friday 5 March for all level 4, semester one students who need to complete first aid training.

Police Vetting (condition of enrolment)

* We cannot enrol you into the programme until this section is completed and uploaded to your application portal. *


If you have already been through the police vetting process as a level 4 student, please contact to confirm if you have already met the requirements.


Under the Children's Act 2014 all individuals that engage as children’s workers must be appropriately safety checked before they commence the programme. All learners are required to consent to a criminal history check as part of the safety checking, this is carried out via the New Zealand Police vetting service.


You should already have a copy of the vetting consent form (with your letter of offer). The form can also be found here. Please complete pages two and three of the form and upload the form in your application portal along with two verified forms of identification. 


An Identity Referee must:

  • be either a person of standing in the community (e.g. registered professional, religious or community leader, Police employee)
  • be over 16 years of age.
  • not be related or a partner/spouse.
  • not be a co-resident of the applicant.


To verify an applicant’s identity, the Identity Referee must:

  1. Sight the original versions of each identity document.
  2. Compare the photographic image with the applicant to confirm they are the same person.
  3. Sign and date a copy of each document to verify that the documents produced by the applicant relate to that person.
  4. Provide his or her name and contact details.


Further information to assist you with completing the form can be found here. You must complete this process to enable your enrolment into the programme. 

Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have studied in the sports, science or health field previously and think you may be eligible for cross crediting or recognition of prior learning.  Please bring a copy of your official transcript on the first day.


Recognition of Prior Learning Applications will be considered by Course Coordinators on your first day. If you are interested in applying for recognition of prior learning, please see the Recognition of Prior Learning policy. When you apply for recognition of prior learning, please email with:

  1. Completed application form
  2. Receipt for $80 (payable by contacting customer services, please advise you wish to pay for RPL for your certificate programme)
  3. Certified academic transcript (or bring it with you on your first day)


If you are unsure if you are eligible for recognition of prior learning, please contact with your prior academic information and someone will contact you.


There is a non-refundable recognition of prior learning application fee of $80.00 (excl. GST) per application. For further information please see the Recognition of Prior Learning policy on the Otago Polytechnic website.



Final Checklist
  • Return your letter of offer
  • Complete the following offer conditions and upload the evidence to your application portal:
    • Complete the police vetting form and upload with two forms of verified identification
    • Upload screenshot of first aid certificate to your application portal
  • Purchase compulsory uniform ($250)
    • Training tee
    • Polo
    • Pullover fleece
    • Gym short
    • Travel pants
  • Ensure you have correct IT equipment
    • Functioning computer, tablet or laptop 
    • Access to reliable broadband


Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health Information

Postal Address:

Freepost 1910, Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health, Private Bag 1910, Dunedin 9054


Physical Address:

Sargood Centre, 40 Logan Park Drive, Dunedin


Freephone: 0800 762 786



Our Staff


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Office Hours: 9.00am – 4.00pm, Monday to Friday 

Please note Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health is closed from Friday, 17 December 2021, and reopens Monday, 17 January 2022. Most  academic staff will be on leave until 07 February 2022.