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Introductory Massage Course

Introductory Massage Certificate Course


This recreational (Swedish/ holistic massage) introductory massage course introduces you to the wonderful world of  massage as a career taster and/or to treat friends and family.

Lessons include an explanation and demonstration of the techniques, tips on health, safety and application with guidance and correction as needed.


An introductory massage course enabling students to give safe and effective massage application for relaxation, therapy and pain relief including:

  • Health and safety.
  • Client management and draping.
  • Massage theory.
  • Massage mediums and principals of aromatherapy.
  • Full body massage techniques.
  • Instruction and practice on how to perform a holistic full body massage including feet, head and face. (Front torso massage is optional.)

Personal tuition – 8 hours massage  instruction and guided practice on voluntary models.

  • Lesson one 90 minutes
    Covers health and safety, theory, massage mediums, massage to the back and shoulders.
  • Lesson two  90 minutes
    Review of massage to the back plus the legs, feet and basic reflexology.
  • Lesson three 90 minutes
    A review of the previous lessons then including front torso, arms and hands – full body as time allows.
  • Lesson four 90 minutes
    Full body with more time spent on, arms, hands, head and face.
  • Lesson five 60 minutes
    Putting together a full body massage.
  • Lesson six 60 minutes
    A full body review.
  • Course fee $430.00 including the online class manual.
  • An optional one hour massage from the tutor to experience what you are doing to others is an additional $50.00.
  • Attendance notes – more info

Class format with 2 students
Explanation – Demonstration and guided practice as above.

  • Lesson one 90 minutes
    Covers health and safety, theory, massage mediums, massage to the back and legs with students practising on each other.
  • Lesson two  90 minutes
    Review of massage to the back neck and shoulders & backs of the legs with students practising on voluntary models.
  • Lesson three 90 minutes
    A review of the previous lessons plus the feet, basic reflexology and fronts of the legs with students practising on voluntary models.
  • Lesson four 90 minutes
    A review of the previous lessons plus body front, arms and hands  with students practising on voluntary models.
  • Lesson five 2 hours
    A full body review with students massaging each other.
  • Course fee $230.00 including the class manual. (Repeating Students $100.00)
  • Attendance notes

You will spend almost half the class being massaged and the other half massaging which makes this a relaxing and educational evening out.

Private Course fee $430.00 including the class manual.

Class format with 4 students
Lessons are two hours in duration and are held and available for your own group with schedule to suit.

  • Lesson one
    Covers health and safety, theory, customer care, massage mediums, cause and treatment of aches and pains. Practical massage techniques to the back.
  • Lesson two
    A review what has been covered and learn more back, neck and shoulder massage techniques.
  • Lesson three
    A review of back massage, back legs and feet.
  • Lesson four
    Review plus front legs and torso (belly and chest optional).
  • Lesson five
    Front body review plus arms, neck, head and facial massage.
  • Lesson six
    Putting it all together as a full body massage.
  • Public Course fee $230.00 including the class manual. (Repeating Students $100.00)
  • Enquiries; Ph 03 980 4646 or Email Registration


  • Differences between this course and courses at other institutions:
    • This course is more comprehensive than most.
    • Classes are all hands on.
    • You get to see, hear, do and feel everything about the massage.
    • Many have used this experience to begin work in the industry.
    • Price; Our competition asks over $2000.00 for similar courses.
    • Why does this course cost less?
      Because it’s a home based community service and not for profit.
    • Attendance notes
  • You do not need any books, to support your learning, a 52 page ring bound class manual or a lifetime membership to our on line student manual is included in the $230.00 fee.
  • Massage tables, oils and everything necessary are supplied for lessons.
  • Students learning with personal tuition will find the above lesson plan slightly condensed.
  • All students completing the course receive a certificate as a PDF file emailed to you, or it may be printed for you to collect at a cost of $5.00.
  • A massage table is recommended for your practise, you can sometimes get good 2nd hand, and new from Aurora Tables from 200$
  • Certification

Students say:
“Thanks for the introductory course I really enjoyed it :)” Shelley
“A relaxing evening out” Jane
“I always sleep well after this class” Alister
“An excellent, comprehensive all round course”. Fiona.
“Thanks for great evening and I am looking forward to the next class” Gary
“I’d like to take this opportunity in thanking you for the beginners course. I truly enjoyed myself on both giving and receiving massages and certainly learnt a lot. I look forward to attending the intermediate course next year.” Lynley
“Thanks for the certificate, I really enjoyed the course.” Julie
“Such an amazing course and great value for money, you don’t charge anywhere near enough for the amount you give” Jay.

9 comments to Introductory Massage

  • Lucy

    Hi, a brilliant course David. Thanks ever so much

  • Adan Traxson

    Hi, A brilliant course and I thought I’d never remember half of what we were taught, but thanks to the videos and regular practice I’m learning new things

  • Ana Prasek

    Hi David, I did this course two years ago and absolutely loved it. I hope to be back in Christchurch later this year and take a refresher or perhaps learn some more.

  • Shelley

    Hi David, thanks for such a wonderful course and after practising on some friends for a couple months, they started recommending their friends and now I’m massaging three or four people a day with a nice income. Thanks again

  • Adrian

    Thanks for the brilliant course, I loved that I was being massaged as I was learning so I can actually feel the improvements everyone was making as the week spent by

  • Victoria

    Thank you for teaching me – learning has been beneficial to me in so many ways beyond being able to give massage.


  • Great write ups, Alina Tudor.
    Board Certified Licensed Massage Therapist
    Certified Kinesis Myofascial Integration practitioner.
    Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, is an Atlantic Coast town.

  • Janet

    Thank you so much David, I learnt so much. I also enjoyed your company, your gentle coaching and your compassion.
    Thanks you so much.

    Regards Janet

  • Judy

    Hi, I did this course back in all 2015 and it was absolutely fantastic. David is a brilliant teacher who tells life exactly how it is.

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