Hello, welcome to an overview
of the world's oldest healing art.
The history of massage runs back over thousands of years, but over the past 30 years
therapeutic massage has
grown from a fringe recreational activity into a an accepted recreational
and healing discipline. Already many medical clinics,
physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors and
others have remedial massage therapists as a part of a
Anyone who has received any massage sincerely performed,
Receives the benefits of relaxation and a sense of greater wellbeing as;
the refinement of our basic human instinct that, if
it hurts, we rub it better.
There hundreds or
recognised massage systems.
As a definition,
"massage" is any method of rubbing,
stroking or therapeutic touch applied to the body.
Massage is the refinement of our basic human instinct
that, if it hurts, we rub it better.
The range of massage systems
ranges from the subtle etheric treatments as found in
Reiki and Energy Healing, to sports massage, remedial
and deep tissue treatments to affect many physical
Who Can Massage?
Anyone can setup a massage practice in New Zealand. There is no
legal requirement other than a practitioner abides by NZ consumer
law and the 'fair trading act' however if you are going to have a
massage, we advise you seek out someone who has had professional training.
In New Zealand there are none, the massage industry is peer regulated by several
collectives of therapists with no government control or regulation. The industry
is hugely disadvantaged by the fact that many brothels trade as 'massage parlours' and massage is still used as a
cover for the sex industry.
Effects of Massage
Relaxation, increasing a sense of well being, a release of toxins
into the blood stream which may result in feeling tired for a day or
two. Improving muscle tone, assisting weight loss, cellulite
reduction, faster recovery from illness and injury -
Risks in Having Massage
The Australian media (Nov 2006) reported that up to three people
per week are admitted to Australian hospitals due to injuries
received during massage treatments. This is unheard of in New
Zealand and there are two explanations:
Some Recognised Associations are:
That Australian medical establishment are anti massage and have
put out this information to mislead and promote a fear of massage.
That the level of training in Australia is not as good as the
training available in New Zealand and other places.
Massage is considered risk free provided you specify what you require and for
your comfort during your initial booking and consultation.
Massage Education in New Zealand:
- The New Zealand Charter of Health Practitioners Incorporated
2 Airborne Road
North Shore Auckland
- Thai Yoga Massage Association of New Zealand
- Reflexology New Zealand
National association for reflexologists
- Holistic Bodywork Manual
A comprehensive online educational facility with correspondence courses,
public and private classes in Christchurch
- Southern Institute of Technology
Invercargill & Queenstown
- The Quiet Mind Body Shop
Learn to massage for home or business with personal tuition and small public classes
- Christchurch College of Holistic Healing
183 Shaw Avenue, New Brighton,
Christchurch, New Zealand
- Holistic Health Training Ltd
- Aromaflex International Aromatherapy School
- The Wellington School of Massage Therapy
- Bay of Plenty Polytechnic
- Naturopathic College of New Zealand
- Lotus Holistic Centre
- Eastern Institute of Technology
Napier & Hastings
- Sunshine Network New Zealand
- Wellpark College of Natural Therapies
- New Zealand College of Massage
Newmarket, Auckland 1023
Institutions may apply to be added to this list,
with your information and a request to be added to this page.
A reciprocal link form your website is appreciated.
The New Zealand Qualification Authority is the government sponsored monopoly
over all educational systems in New Zealand where there is no legal requirement
for massage practitioners to hold an NZQA accreditation.