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Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage (Level 5)

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


Course details


Students will learn the principles of anatomy and physiology, health and nutrition, and massage therapy. They will gain hands-on experience in our modern clinic, practising massage techniques on each other, as well as clients. Students will also learn basic business skills.

Massage academic staff are qualified with extensive industry experience, enabling students to learn best practice in preparation for graduating.

Students will graduate with the skills and knowledge to provide wellness and relaxation massage therapy services. They will also meet the requirements of Massage New Zealand (MNZ) to be a Registered Massage Therapist.

This programme is a prerequisite course for students who wish to pathway on to becoming therapeutic massage therapists.


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View programme modules

Module CodeModule NameLevelCredits Pre-Requisites Co-Requisites
SPHP501Musculoskeletal Anatomy515  
SPHP503Human Body Systems 1
SPHP513Human Body Systems 2515  
HSPT501Te Hīhiri 515  
MASS501Relaxation and Wellness Massage 515 SPHP501
MASS502Massage Therapeutics 515SPHP501
MASS503Clinical Massage Practice  515SPHP501
SPRT501Fitness Industry Business Skills


Career/further opportunities

Graduates of this programme will be qualified to be employed or self-employed as wellness and relaxation massage therapists in a broad range of wellness and relaxation massage setting such as:

  • Home-based massage therapy or mobile clinics
  • Community based massage therapy clinics
  • Multi-disciplinary clinics
  • Sports settings (non-injury work)
  • Spa based massage therapy clinics

This programme provides a pathway to and is a pre-requisite for the New Zealand Diploma in Remedial Massage (Level 6) and the Bachelor in Massage Therapy (Level 7)

Further study can be undertaken in aroma science, reflexology and beauty/ spa therapy.

Students who wish to be employed as remedial massage therapist will be required to undertake further study.


Entry criteria

General admission

You can apply for this programme if you meet one of the following:

  • NCEA Level 2 with 10 literacy and 10 numeracy credits, or
  • a relevant qualification at NZQF Level 3 or above, or
  • a recognised equivalent.

    Special admission

    Anyone who is 20 years of age or older and has not reached the general admission requirements is eligible for Special Admission. We work with ākonga (learners) to ensure they are prepared for their intended programme. 

    Discretionary entrance

    Anyone who is not yet 20 years of age and has not reached the general admission requirements for their intended programme may be eligible for Discretionary Admission. In assessing whether to grant Discretionary Admission, the delegated authority focuses on the applicant’s level of preparedness for their intended programme.

    Additional requirements

    To ensure that an applicant is able to fully participate in this programme, including the clinical learning experience, the additional requirements specified below must be met in addition to academic admission requirements. 
    Applicants must provide:
    • A declaration indicating a level of health and abilities commensurate with achieving practice competencies in the programme; further reports may be requested with the consent of the applicant.
    • A declaration of all existing or pending criminal convictions.
    • Consent to undergo a Police Vet Check.

    Note: A prior conviction may not necessarily exclude an applicant from admission. In the case of a prior conviction, a discussion will be held with the applicant regarding implications for programme enrolment and completion and subsequent employment as a massage therapist. Information gathered regarding offences may be shared with a host organisation for the purposes of a practicum placement. Any gaps in the information provided by the applicant for any of the above may be followed up with a formal interview and/or further referee checks. Any unsatisfactory result arising from any of the above may result in the applicant being precluded/declined entry to the programme of study.

    English language requirements

    International applicants must provide evidence that they have the necessary English language proficiency and are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) Academic band score of 5.5, with no individual band score lower than 5.0 from one test taken in the last two years, or equivalent described in NZQA Rules.

    Do not meet the entry criteria or need more information?


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    To check what you need to gain entry to a course, review the entry criteria available on each programme page. These assist you in understanding what qualifications or experience are typically required to gain entry. You can contact our team at or 0800 2 Wintec at any time for further guidance.

    Your first day

    Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our welcome page.

    Semester 1 2024

    Whānau evening
    Date: Monday 19 February 2024
    Time: 4pm-6pm
    Venue: Q Block foyer, Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance, Rotokauri Campus

    Induction day
    Date: Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 February 2024
    Time: 9am-3pm
    Venue: Q Block foyer, Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance, Rotokauri Campus

    What you will need

    Please bring a pen and notebook on your first day, and we recommend that you bring a personal device that can connect to the internet (laptop, smartphone, tablet etc).

    You will also need to bring ID documents for Police vetting. Please click here for more information about the Vulnerable Children's Act, the safety checking process, and what forms of ID you need to bring.

    Timetable information

    All Wintec timetables are available online here.

    How to find your way around

    Campus maps can be found here.

    Parking and bus information

    Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - payment and permits may be required. Learn more about parking and find out about bus services here.

    He reo pōwhiri, your official welcome to Wintec

    Tēnei te mihi mahana ki a koe e piki nei, e kake nei ki te Kuratini o Waikato.

    You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. The pōwhiri is a welcoming ceremony involving mihimihi (speeches), waiata (singing), and will conclude with kai timotimo (light refreshments). Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

    Click here to find out when the next pōwhiri will be.

    Paying for your study

    Course-related costs

    During this programme, you will need the following:

    • A scrub top ($35-$40)
    • Two bath sheets and a hand towel (please note, if you wish to use an island sarong instead, please ensure that the length is similar to a bath sheet)

    Additional information


    A list of all readings and required texts will be provided to you during induction.  

    Purchasing textbooks

    If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

      New Zealand-based suppliers

      General book suppliers

      First aid certificate

      Health status



      Clinical placement

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