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If you enjoy taking a “hands on” approach to helping people and are interested in a satisfying career in natural therapy, then a career in massage made be just what you’re looking for. As more New Zealanders discover the benefits of natural therapies, massage therapists are in increasing demand, with opportunities available in both conventional and alternative health treatment facilities.
Traditionally, career opportunities for massage therapists in New Zealand were primarily limited to sports massage, remedial massage and relaxation massage. Whilst there are still abundant career opportunities in these areas, there is even a broader range of opportunities for massage practitioners today as New Zealanders discover the wisdom of other cultures and their therapeutic traditions. In addition, specialist massage therapies are in demand that evolve from Western therapeutic traditions or a synthesis of traditions. Some of these include:
Some massage therapists choose to specialise in one massage technique or therapeutic discipline (such as sports or pregnancy), while others branch out and explore other opportunities.
Massage therapy is not a registered health profession in New Zealand. Therefore, there are no legal requirements for becoming a massage practitioner. However, private and public employers look for proof of relevant skills and experience in the field. If you’re serious about a career in massage, it is best to start by taking a certificate or diploma level course in massage training and related disciplines at a recognised, accredited institution.Upon successful completion of your massage course, you should be able to qualify for acceptance into a professional association (such as Massage New Zealand).
As in any profession, the more you know and the greater the level of expertise you can offer, the greater your chances of success. More than just financial success, though, a career in massage can offer the greater success of knowing you are helping others whilst doing something you love at the same time.