Close up of hands massaging back

Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage (Level 5)

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


Course details

  • Feb 2020
  • One year
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • $6723
  • You may qualify for fee free study under Fees-Free Policy
  • Level 5
  • Hamilton Rotokauri Campus


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.


Massage New Zealand logo

View programme modules

Note: no value in the pre/co-requisite columns means there are no pre/co-requisites for that module.

Module CodeModule NameLevelCredits Pre-Requisites Co-Requisites
SPHP501Musculoskeletal Anatomy515  
SPHP503Human Body Systems 1515  
SPHP508Lifestyle, Nutrition and Health515  
SPHP513Human Body Systems 2515  
MASS501Relaxation and Wellness Massage515 SPHP501
MASS502Massage Therapeutics515



MASS503Clinical Massage Practice515



SPRT501Fitness Industry Business Skills515  

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

You can apply for this programme if you meet one of the below options.

Based on your school achievement (secondary school study)​

  • 40 credits at NCEA Level 2; including 10 literacy credits at NCEA Level 2 and 10 numeracy credits at NCEA Level 1;
  • Or a recognised equivalent.

Based on study completed after school (tertiary study)

  • Completed the Te Ara Pūtake: My Academic Pathway programme (Health pathway);
  • Or an equivalent qualification.

Based on your work experience (on the job)

If you can demonstrate relevant knowledge, skills and experience that you have gained through work experience, that will help you to be successful in the programme.​

Based on discretionary entrance

If you don’t meet any of the above options, and you think you have what it takes to complete this programme, you can apply for discretionary entrance. Your application may be accepted if you can demonstrate a good chance of success. Approval of discretionary entrance applications is decided by the relevant manager. If your application is approved, your acceptance into further programmes relies on you demonstrating success in this programme.

English language requirements

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of [5.5] in the academic band, with no individual band score& lower than [5.0]; or equivalent.

Want to see full details of the entry criteria?
Don't meet the entry criteria?


Massage pathway diagram

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.

Year 1 students starting February 2020

Date: Tuesday 11 February 2020
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, a personal device (laptop/smartphone/tablet) and 2 bath sheets.

You will need to bring ID documents for Police vetting. If you would like more information about the Vulnerable Children's Act or the safety checking process, click here.

Timetable information

All timetables are available via Timetable Net on our website.

How to find your way around

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - permits are required. Learn more about parking. Find out about discounted bus services here.

Wintec pōwhiri/nau mai, haere mai

Wintec extends a warm invitation to all new students to attend a Pōwhiri to welcome the semester ahead. After formalities, light refreshments will be served in the marae dining room, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa, Wintec City Campus.

Click here to find out where and when the next Pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course related costs

Sport items are available throughout the year. Please ​ check with your tutor if you need to purchase anything.

Additional information


Purchasing textbooks

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

Hamilton-based supplier

  • Bennetts (Bennetts has a store operating on campus at the University of Waikato, Hamilton)

New Zealand-based suppliers

General book suppliers

First aid certificate

Health status



Clinical placement

Prospectus (course guide)

The Wintec Prospectus (otherwise known as a course guide) outlines everything you need to know about Wintec. It contains information about the Wintec campuses, student life, and the programmes that are on offer.

Request an email or posted copy of the Prospectus.

The Prospectus (course guide) is available in both digital and physical formats. Click on the document below to download a copy or fill in the form below to receive a copy via either email or the post.

Request an email or posted copy of the prospectus

Need help? Want to know how to get started?

Leave your details here and we will come back to you: