What is it like studying massage online?
Watch the video below to learn more about studying massage online. Preview the online dashboard and the course content, find out how clinical practice works and how you’ll be supported throughout your journey to become a Remedial Massage Therapist.
Why Study Remedial Massage Online?
The HLT52015 Diploma of Remedial Massage Online is the same high-quality course content and training that you have come to expect from Q Academy – just delivered online. We have completely adapted the course to suit online learning, with short 5-10 minute video lessons that are both informative and engaging. All of your assessments, knowledge checks, course notes, and reference materials are on your online student dashboard. You get complete flexibility and control with when and how you study massage.
The course contains elements on active rehabilitation, injury management, trigger point therapy, functional and orthopaedic testing as well as Swedish, sports, pregnancy, seated and Thai massage plus thermotherapy, reflexology, and nutrition. This will give you a broad range of modalities and skills, for the best opportunities to succeed in the workplace.
You can be confident that you’re earning a Nationally Accredited qualification with Q Academy’s HLT52015 Diploma of Remedial Massage Online. NetQ has different options for students to complete the final part of their study, to best suit individual needs. If you want to meet the current guidelines to be recognised by the majority of health funds to be eligible for private provider numbers, we have an option that will suit. If being able to offer health fund rebates is not a priority, and you would prefer the flexibility of minimal on-site course requirements, then we have an option that will still meet all the national training requirements. We would recommend speaking with one of our Online Career Specialists to see which option may be right for you.
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Up to 21 months, self-paced at home.
The course starts on the 1st Monday of each month, please fill out an online enquiry form to get started!
English language competency, internet connection, computer or laptop with a microphone and video camera, a printer, massage table, oil, towels and friends/family to practice on!
The online HLT52015 Diploma of Remedial Massage is divided into 12 modules.
The cost of the HLT52015 Diploma of Remedial Massage Online is $8,520 (+$109.95 materials fee). The course is divided into 12 modules, with each module costing $710.
Your course fees include access to all required course material including online manuals, assessments, and videos, plus one-on-one support from your online tutor. *The $109.95 materials fee is for a student kit, which includes an oil bottle and holster as well as 2 student shirts to wear during on-campus student clinic.
Special Needs Massage
Myofascial Release (MFR)
Positional Release Technique (PRT)
Muscle Energy Techniques (MET)
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)
Integrated Neuromuscular Inhibition Technique (INIT)
Provide Nutrition Advice
Anatomy and Physiology of Body
Planning for Indications & Contraindication for Massage Success
Building and Running a Successful Massage Business
Collaborating with Health Professionals
Safe Work Practices
The Science of Massage Therapy
Communication and Working with Diversity
Designing a Safe and Effective Massage Environment
Client Record Keeping
Massage History and Origins
Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Function
This subject sets the scene for a career in the massage industry by covering the following topics: communication, goal setting, scope of practice, medical terminology, client screening and record keeping.
This subject is essential for a professional therapist. The knowledge covered in this subject is very important during the professional career of any therapists and can help a therapist ensure the treatments they perform are done safely for the client and also for the therapist from a legal point of view.
Anatomy and Physiology – Muscles
Manual therapy requires an in-depth knowledge of bony anatomy and muscles; this subject covers bony landmarks in detail and the origin, insertion, action and innervation of the muscles which a therapist could expect to be treating.
Anatomy and Physiology – Systems
This subject covers cells, tissues, and each of the 11 major systems of the body and their integration and control. As part of the health industry, therapists are required to have a general understanding of the major systems of the body to be able to provide the right care for the clients, always following the scope of practice.
Students learn how to establish, operate, and grow a successful massage business. This subject covers best practice in sales and marketing strategies, business finance, excellence in customer service, leadership, and personal and professional development.
The full body massage sequence of 140 Swedish strokes to:
Students can you use these skills to treat: pregnant women, elderly, young and special needs clients. Also included in this wide ranging practical component is corporate seated massage.
This subject teaches all the knowledge and skills required to stretch all the major muscles of the body, passively and actively. This allows students to give clients home care options and can help with injury prevention. The use of thermal therapies (heat and ice) are also covered.
Reflexology offers students a short break from our science-based training. This subject introduces students to a traditional Eastern practice of holistic health which can be offered as a stand-alone treatment, or used in conjunction with other techniques to provide one super-treatment. Employers often favour therapists who can offer clients the broadest range of treatment skills, which we support and encourage.
The Provide First Aid unit of competency provides students with the skills and knowledge required to provide First Aid response, life support and the management of casualty(s), the incident and other First Aiders until emergency qualified help arrives at the scene of the accident.
Clinic is the student’s most valuable learning experience as a budding new therapist. Students plan, market, manage client’s recordkeeping systems and run a public clinic within the college’s established facility. Relaxation Clinic is an opportunity to put into practice all of the knowledge and skills learned throughout the relaxation part of the course. During the clinic, students practice and refine their skills under the guidance and support of a Q Academy course coach.
Remedial Massage Foundations
Key topics include:
The subject covers the knowledge related to the way the human body works (and commonly doesn’t work). The module focuses on each region in detail describing joints and functional tissues of the joints. This module will also cover common dysfunction, pathology and pathophysiology (functional changes that occur due to a disease or pathologic state). Additional knowledge expected from this subject is the knowledge of biology, chemistry and cellular function required for a Remedial Massage Therapist.
Remedial Techniques Consultation
Through this subject, students will be learning how to perform general assessments that cover the functionality of the human body. Assessment techniques include are postural analysis, gait and functional testing as well as professional communication skills to address clients.
Remedial Massage Assessments
This subject focuses on the knowledge and skills for assessment of the specific regions of the body. Range of Motion and its varieties are the main focus of this subject to teach therapists to design the most accurate treatment strategy for the presenting condition.
Remedial Massage Techniques
This subject is the foundation of students’ Remedial Massage skills and one of the most comprehensive in the course. Students learn a variety of treatment techniques to be performed on soft tissues, in particular muscles. The techniques covered during this subject include myofascial release (MFR), neuromuscular techniques (NMT), positional release techniques (PRT), and muscle energy techniques (MET).
Remedial Health Information
Health is so much more than what’s happening on the outside of the body. As experts in physical health, students learn to recognise the need for clients to address any issues with diet and eating behaviours which may be contributing to their poor health. This subject provides students with the knowledge to confidently give advice and recommendations about nutrition to improve the health and wellbeing of their clients. Clients who eat well, feel well.
Clinic is the student’s most valuable learning experience as a budding new therapist. Students plan, market, manage client’s recordkeeping systems and run a public clinic within the college’s established facility. Remedial Clinic is an opportunity to put into practice all of the knowledge and skills learned throughout the course. During the clinic, students practice and refine their skills under the guidance and support of a Q Academy course coach.
This subject reflects professional clinic scenarios and presentations allowing the students to put into practice all their knowledge and skills in a supervised and controlled manner.
As this is an online massage therapy course, majority of your learning will be completed online. You will therefore require a computer or iPad/tablet (with a camera) and internet access for the full duration of the course.
We also recommend that you have a good quality massage table to practice on. If you don’t already have one, we can recommend Athlegen or Firm ‘n’ Fold. Your trainer can provide you with more advice if you would like to know more. Of course, you will also need some people to practice on. Finding people who are willing to receive a free massage… that’s the easy part!
It is a requirement that students complete supervised massage treatments and assessments to earn their qualification. It is our preference that you complete 100% of your training hours from a Primary Clinic (Brisbane, Gold Coast & Sunshine Coast). However, if you do not live locally, you can complete some of your training hours at a Primary Clinic and the remainder at a Secondary (North Sydney & Melbourne) or Virtual Clinic. It is a requirement of the course that you complete at least 1 day of Relaxation and 3 days of Remedial treatments and assessments at a Q Academy Primary Clinic.
Please note that you must have completed your relevant learning modules and assessments prior to commencing your clinic hours. We also request that you make arrangements at least 2 months prior to when you are due to start treating in clinic, to ensure there is space available.
All of the course content is presented in a digital manual, and classes presented in short video format by an experienced trainer and assessor. You will be taken through both the practical and theoretical material in an easy to follow, logical sequence.
You will also receive one-on-one sessions with a trainer and assessor via Skype, which will help you prepare for practical and theory assessments. You will have the ability in these Skype sessions to ask any questions, demonstrate your learnings and treatments, and receive real-time feedback, without ever needing to leave the house.
Your course fees include access to all required course material including online manuals, assessments and videos. Your $109.95 materials fee is to cover your student kit, which includes an oil bottle and holster as well as 2 student uniform shirts for you to wear during your on-campus clinic module.
The HLT52015 Diploma of Remedial Massage online is sold in twelve modules, with each module costing $710. The total cost of the course is $8,520 (+$109.95 materials fee).
There are two loan options available to interested and eligible students: through the Government’s VET Student Loan Scheme (VSL) or a commercial loan option through MacCredit. Click the buttons below to learn more!
It is a requirement that you complete supervised clinical practice hours. This is a requirement of the course to prove that you have understood all of the content, and to refine your skills in a work-simulated environment.
It is our preference that you complete these hours at a Q Academy Primary Clinic (Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast). If this is not the most convenient option for you, you can complete part of clinic hours at one of our Primary Clinics, and the remainder at a Secondary Clinic or a Virtual Clinic. Please note that all students must complete at least 4 days of treatments and assessments at one of our Primary Clinics, and the remainder can be completed through a Virtual or Secondary Clinic.
If you want to meet the current guidelines to be recognised by the majority of health funds to be eligible for private provider numbers, we have an option that will suit. If being able to offer health fund rebates is not a priority, and you would prefer the flexibility of minimal on-site course requirements, then we have an option that will still meet all the national training requirements. We would recommend speaking with one of our Online Career Specialists to see which option may be right for you.
Brisbane CBD: 20 Chester St, Newstead, QLD 4006
Gold Coast: Level 1, Robina Town Centre, QLD 4230
Sunshine Coast: 64C Aerodrome Road, Maroochydore, QLD 4558
Sydney North: Healthspace, 45/117 Old Pittwater Rd, Brookvale, NSW 2100
Melbourne: Contagious Enthusiasm, 362 Hampton Street, Hampton, VIC 3188
Melbourne: Contagious Enthusiasm, 75 Parkers Road, Parkdale, VIC 3195
Want to trial a free online short course?
If you’re interested in becoming a massage therapist, but are unsure if online study is right for you, why not try a short video lesson? Experience what it’s like to learn online with Q Academy, and pick up a few quick skills to treat your partner, friends or family.
Remedial massage is performed for the treatment of muscle tension or chronic pain and may be used to treat a range of conditions. These include sports injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, tension headaches, and neck pain. A qualified remedial massage therapist is able to assess an issue, determine possible causes of the pain, and tailor a treatment plan based on an individual’s particular needs. Our remedial massage course covers a number of techniques, including Swedish and pregnancy massage, trigger point, and thermotherapy, myofascial and positional release techniques, as well as expanded modalities like reflexology and injury management.
If you are interested in enrolling in our remedial massage therapy course, it is important that you have a sound understanding of written and spoken English. We also ask that you are able to provide your own personal laptop for in-class learning. The rest of the course materials will be provided for a fee. These materials include student shirts, an oil bottle and 24/7 online access to all learning course materials that you’ll need.