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The world's oldest healing art

ancientThe 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.

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 facts.

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:

  • Holistic Bodywork Manuals
    A comprehensive online educational facility with correspondence courses, public and private classes in Christchurch
    Website
  • Southern Institute of Technology
    Invercargill & Queenstown
    Website
  • The Quiet Mind Body Shop
    Learn to massage for home or business with personal tuition and small public classes
    Mairehau, Christchurch
    Website.
  • Christchurch College of Holistic Healing
    183 Shaw Avenue, New Brighton,
    Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Holistic Health Training Ltd
    Nelson
    Website
  • Aromaflex International Aromatherapy School
    Website
  • The Wellington School of Massage Therapy
    Website
  • Bay of Plenty Polytechnic
    Tauranga
    Website
  • Naturopathic College of New Zealand
    New Plymouth
    Website
  • Lotus Holistic Centre
    Hastings
    Website
  • Eastern Institute of Technology
    Napier & Hastings
    Website
  • Sunshine Network New Zealand
    Thai Massage
    Papakura Auckland
    Website
  • Wellpark College of Natural Therapies
    Auckland
    Website
  • New Zealand College of Massage
    Newmarket, Auckland 1023
    Website

Some Massage Associations are:

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

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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