Otago Polytechnic

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 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. 


Not sure where to start your learning journey? Choose the right path to your study goals.


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! 

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




Health bridging certificate

  • Dunedin or online with compulsory block courses
  • 1 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 for 2019 intakes

This year-long programme has replaced the Certificate in Health (Level 4). Offered by the School of Social Services, it can help you meet the minimum academic criteria for application to the New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing (Level 5), New Zealand Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage (Level 5), Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Midwifery, Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Bachelor of Social Services and Bachelor of Applied Science. 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)

  • Dunedin
  • 1 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.