Diploma in Therapeutic Massage (NQF level 6) – 2 years full time


Therapeutic Massage is the mobilisation and manipulation of soft tissue (such as muscles and fascia) to restore normal biomechanical/functional use. Therapeutic Massage can be applied to assist in the treatment of tension, pain relief, and musculoskeletal problems. Regular massage can lead to improved circulation, the mobility of joints and general well-being.

Therapeutic Massage is an integral part of the healing process of injuries as it aids in the recovery phase of injury and can also provide benefit to a patient suffering from the negative effects of stress and tension or an athlete that wishes to enhance their sports performance and prevent injury.

Massage techniques taught within the qualification ranges from techniques for a gentle relaxing massage to deeper techniques like Trigger Point therapy and Myofascial Techniques.

This qualification falls under the Allied Health Professionals Council of South Africa (AHPCSA) and is governed by the Allied Health Professions Act. Upon completion of the qualification, the student is required to register with the AHPCSA after which a practice number can be applied for.

Career Opportunities

Own business or practice, hospitals, medical clinics, stress clinics, semi-medical services at sports clubs and retirement villages. Therapeutic massage therapists are highly sought after for luxury passage liners, international health destination and wellness centres.


Therapeutic Massage Practical and Theory, Anatomy and Physiology, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology, Nutrition and Dietary Supplements, Occupational Health and Safety and Legislation (Jurisprudence), Practice Management, Patient Care, Business Practice and more.