As massage is instinctive, everyone has basic skills to begin with, hands to
touch and a level of sensitivity.
Training provides greater context and methodology; the why, when and how to
achieve specific results.
If you are contemplating learning massage to be of service to others, options
are to: have some massages yourself from different therapists to discover what
benefits you the most and talk to the therapist about their training.
Once you have an idea of what style of massage you want to learn, it is simply a
matter of enrolling in an institution and completing the program.
Most institutions offer a range of courses:
Learn to massage your friends and family - such a course will cover basic health
and safety, and competency to perform a range of massage techniques to give a relaxing massage
2 - 10 hours tuition.
Professional training varies widely. There are diploma courses which can be
completed in 10 hours. Such a course is elementary and provides basic massage
skills, however it can be sufficient to provide a 'foot in the door' and a start
in the industry. Ongoing study will be required to achieve a professional
By Contrast some courses take up to five years and cost many thousands of
dollars. In such a course, one would expect very high academic standards
including learning anatomy, physiology and pathology to the level of a medical
doctor as well as mastering the hands on application of the massage techniques.
With these skills a practitioner should be able to assist clients overcome
serious medical problems and work in with multi disciplinary teams.
In New Zealand, there is no legal requirement for massage practitioners to hold
an NZQA accreditation or to have undertaken any formal training.
NZ Massage Schools.
Massage – Naturally Healing
On line massage courses