‘Sport & Health Massage’ Now Offered In Rotorua

23 Jun 2016

Those looking to become an accredited masseuse no longer need travel to Tauranga or Auckland to achieve this status, as enrolments are now open for Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic’s (WBoPP) Certificate in Sport and Health Massage in Rotorua.

Starting August 22nd at Mokoia Campus, this news marks the first adopted qualification to be added to the former Waiariki Institute of Technology’s range of study options, since the institute’s merger with Bay of Plenty Polytechnic.

“Rotorua is the relaxation and spa capital of New Zealand, and qualified massage therapists are in high demand,” says Amanda Heapy, head of department, health and sport, health studies, WBoPP.

“Finally people in our community can learn anatomy, physiology and the massage techniques required to deliver a safe and beneficial service as an accredited massage practitioner, without moving away from home.”

The only NZQA accredited qualification of its kind in the city, Ms Heapy states that the 17 week class is limited to 20 places, and encourages people to apply quickly.

“Massage can provide both psychological and physical relief; including for relaxation, stress and for injury treatment and prevention. This qualification can also be the first step to a graduate starting their own massage business.”

For local industry, the new health-focussed option couldn’t have come at better time.

“Spa therapy has been a big part of our holistic approach to healthcare for over 70 years,” says Andrina Romano, general manager, QE Health Wellness and Rehabilitation Centre, Rotorua.

With 15 full-time qualified massage therapists and a new bespoke QE Health building scheduled for 2018, Ms Romano feels the rapid and exciting growth in the local wellness sector will increase the demand for well-trained therapists.

“We’re looking forward to working with Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic to continue to raise standards in the massage profession and maintain Rotorua’s reputation for excellence in healthcare.”

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