The world's oldest healing art

ancientWe instinctively rub our achy and sore bits and it's from there that the science of massage evolved. These pages discuss the sociology and technology of massage in relation to how we see ourselves and in time will put up some descriptive pages on how to safely perform massage.

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 an accepted recreational and healing discipline.  Already many medical clinics, physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors and others have remedial massage therapists as a part of a multidisciplinary team.

Anyone who has received any massage sincerely performed,
Receives the benefits of relaxation and a sense of greater wellbeing as;
Massage is 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 conditions.

Important pages on theory, health and safety if you chose to try:

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.

Massage Regulations

mass1In 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 - massage benefits.

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:

  1. That Australian medical establishment are anti massage and have put out this information to mislead and promote a fear of massage.
  2. That the level of training in Australia is not as good as the training available in New Zealand and other places.
  3. 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:

  • Southern Institute of Technology
    Invercargill & Queenstown
  • The Quiet Mind Body Shop
    Learn to massage for home or business with personal tuition.
    Mairehau, Christchurch
  • 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
    New Plymouth
  • Lotus Holistic Centre
  • Eastern Institute of Technology
    Napier & Hastings
  • Sunshine Network New Zealand
    Thai Massage
    Papakura Auckland
  • Wellpark College of Natural Therapies
  • New Zealand College of Massage
    Newmarket, Auckland 1023

Some Massage Associations are:

  • Natural Health Practitioners New Zealand
    PO Box 31 396, Milford, Auckland 0741
    New Zealand
  • Thai Yoga Massage Association of New Zealand
  • Reflexology New Zealand
    National association for reflexologists

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.


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