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Study Massage Therapy at SIT

Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy is a rewarding career, with the flexibility to work as part of a team or even run your own business. Massage therapists manipulate soft tissue to treat health problems, improve physical performance, and help people relax.

SIT offers massage qualifications from Diplomas and Degrees to Postgraduate levels covering sports, relaxation or therapeutic/remedial massage. All our courses are internationally recognised with NZQA accreditation.

Our small class sizes enable us to offer a true ‘hands-on’ approach to massage therapy education. We now offer Blended Delivery (Distance Learning with 3 Invercargill on-campus workshops for approximately 4-5 days) for our Year 3 of the Bachelor of Therapeutic and Sports Massage.

Learn more about becoming a Massage Therapist


At present in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, all students applying for entry to a health related /social services  programme are highly recommended to be vaccinated against COVID-19. All health sector organisations engaging health care workers have obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 to take all reasonable steps to eliminate, or otherwise control, the risk of COVID-19 transmission in the workplace.  The NZ government has mandated the vaccine for frontline health care workers. As a result the health care providers we work with are requiring their staff, including any students on placement, to be vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination. If you are unvaccinated or if you choose not to disclose whether or not you are vaccinated or to provide evidence if asked, then this will have an impact on healthcare placements that you can be allocated to as part of your undergraduate health programme and will have an impact on successful completion of the programme.


Employment agencies  accessed by students of  programmes of study other than health/social services  may also choose to only accept those students for placement  who are  vaccinated against Covid 19. On this basis SIT cannot guarantee placements for unvaccinated students and therefore cannot guarantee  programme successful completion for those students who choose not to  be vaccinated against Covid 19.

Available Courses

Available Courses in
  • Invercargill
  • Gore

Massage New Zealand

massage_SITSouthern Institute of Technology (SIT) is an affiliate member of Massage New Zealand (MNZ).  MNZ promotes the profession of massage and supports the quality massage therapy education offered at SIT.  MNZ is the only massage therapy specific membership body in New Zealand for professional massage therapists.  It also promotes massage therapy and the ongoing development of the massage industry in New Zealand, through educating the public about the benefits of massage therapy for health and wellness.

NZ Massage Therapy Research Centre

New Zealand Massage Therapy Research CentreThe NZ Massage Therapy Research Centre (NZMTRC) was established in 2009 by SIT to foster massage therapy research in New Zealand. The NZMTRC aims to promote research and teaching across the wider massage community and provide access to New Zealand based research findings. 

How does blended learning work?

"I like the credibility it brings and I always wanted a degree"

Bachelor of Therapeutic and Sports Massage -  BTSM graduate survey

"The BTSM has a good reputation with a great learning environment."

Bachelor of Therapeutic and Sports Massage -  BTSM graduate survey

"degree-based education opens many doors and has given me many useful skills both on a personal and professional level"

Bachelor of Therapeutic and Sports Massage -  BTSM graduate survey

"It was wonderful to be in a programme where the theory linked directly to the real world, and where a large part of my education was applying what I was learning in clinics and community placements"

Andrea Roebeck - Bachelor of Therapeutic and Sports Massage graduate