Certificate in Relaxation Massage

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Programme Aims

The Certificate in Relaxation Massage (Level 4) is designed to provide students with the base of practical massage skills and theoretical understanding that they need to operate as a practitioner of relaxation massage within New Zealand. Completing this qualification will qualify the students to gain registration as a Certified Massage Therapist (CMT) with Massage New Zealand (New Zealand’s professional association for massage therapists).

Programme Outcomes

By the end of this programme students will:

  • Have developed:
    • knowledge of and competency in the safe practical application of massage methods at the level of a relaxation massage practitioner
    • knowledge of interpersonal communication and the ability to create and maintain a therapeutic relationship
    • basic understanding of anatomy and physiology relevant to the practice of relaxation massage
    • knowledge of principles of sustainability and how they relate to massage practice.
  • Be prepared for:
    • further study in massage therapy
    • self-employment as a relaxation massage practitioner
    • registration with Massage New Zealand as a Certified Massage Therapist (CMT)


  1. OPTM1 Study Skills
  2. OPTM2 Basic Massage
  3. OPTM3 Fundamentals of Massage
  4. OPTM4 Anatomy 1
  5. OPTM5 Bioscience 1
  6. OPTM6 Communication 1