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HLT52015 Diploma of Remedial Massage


Our HLT52015 diploma of remedial massage includes Strength + Conditioning and Health + Nutrition 

Our science-based Diploma has been expanded with new subjects and modalities to broaden the therapist's skill set. This elevates the course above our already established industry-leading training!

The expansion of the course's core skills is an exciting addition. The core course that covered Swedish & Pregnancy Massage, Trigger Point and Thermo Therapy, Myofascial & Positional Release Techniques (and much more!) has now been expanded with in-demand modalities of Reflexology, Shiatsu, Thai Massage as well as injury management, exercise prescription, sports taping and manual lymphatic drainageBroadening the range of modalities and skills also gives our graduates the best opportunity to succeed in clinical practice.

In addition to an extensive range of orthopaedic assessment and treatment techniques, one of the the key differentiating features of Q Academy's new Diploma in Remedial Massage for 2017 is the inclusion of health and nutrition which is ideal for students wishing to work in a clinical practice; be that operating one's own clinic or working in multi-modality clinics with Physiotherapists, Chiropractors and Myotherapists as well as strength and conditioning subjects to provide clients with strength and conditioning programs and assist in injury prevention and management.

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Course Length

Full-Time (Day): 1 Year (48 study weeks + 2 holiday weeks )
2 - 3 days on-campus - Please contact Q Academy on 1300 20 40 80 to confirm attendance days.

Part-Time (Night): 1.5 Years (72 weeks)
(3 nights On-Campus + 1 Online Lecture per week)

Please note that you will be required to complete 200 practical hours in Q Academy's student clinic treating members of the public, to earn your qualification. The days, hours and location of this is subject to availability. Clinic can be scheduled to be on either day-time or evening sessions subject to availability. We will always endeavour to make this as convenient as possible for our students, but it can not always be guaranteed that your preferred times will be available. For Brisbane students you may be required to work across our Newstead or Indooroopilly clinics.

Entry Requirements

Personal laptop for in-class learning. A sound understanding of written and spoken English is required.

Payment Options

Full Fee is $12,500 with Self Funded Payment Plans as well as Student Loan funding available for eligible students

Course Materials Fee ($100)

1) Two x Student shirts.

2) An oil bottle and holster.

3) 24/7 online access to all course learning materials. 

Compliance & Associations

Q Academy's Diploma of Remedial Massage [HLT52015] is Medibank Compliant. The course is also recognised by leading associations such as ANTA, AAMT and AMT.




Cruise the world while providing massage treatments onboard! Work in an established massage or beauty clinic to treat regular clients. 

Work alongside highly-regarded professionals in a multi-modality clinic. Be part of a team of Physiotherapists, Chiropractors and Osteopaths providing treatment services to clients!

Be in control, and become a business owner! Offer corporate and mobile massage services, or establish an at-home clinic; to determine hours and frequency of work. 

An extensive treatment scope is appealing to both clients and employers!  To compliment your Diploma, Q Academy has the following courses:

Have an even stronger point of differentiation and be sought-after by future employers! Secure a job at a multi-modality clinic by completing the following short courses:

Provide clients with a wide range of treatment options and services. Exceed client expectations as well as business growth predictions by taking the following short courses:



Income Potential: Typically earn $50,000 per anum. 

Income Potential: Typically earn $57,000 per anum.

Income Potential: Typically earn $55,000 per anum. 



[HLT52015] Practical Components  [HLT52015] Theoretical Components 
  • Swedish Massage 
  • Remedial Trigger Point/ Neuromuscular Therapy
  • Shiatsu 
  • Sports Massage 
  • Thai Massage
  • Thermotherapy 
  • Lymphatic Massage 
  • Seated Massage 
  • Pregnancy Massage 
  • Special Needs Massage 
  • Myofascial Release (MFR)
  • Positional Release Technique (PRT)
  • Muscle Energy Techniques (MET)
  • Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) 
  • Sports Taping 
  • Therapeutic Exercise
  • Integrated Neuromuscular Inhibition Technique (INIT)
  • Strength and conditioning exercises
  • Injury Prevention and Movement Screening
  • Provide nutrition advice
  • Case Studies 
  • Clinical Experience
  • Musculoskeletal Assessments
  • Anatomy & Physiology of Body Systems

  • Planning for Indications & Contraindication for Massage Success

  • Professional Communication

  • Legal Considerations

  • Building & Running a Successful Massage Business

  • Treatment Planning

  • Working in collaboration with health professionals

  • Safe work practices

  • Infection control

  • The science of massage therapy

  • Communication and working with Diversity

  • Designing a Safe & Effective Massage Environment

  • Client Record Keeping

  • Massage History & Origins

  • Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Function

  • Body Biomechanics

         Core Subject Descriptions                                                                            


This subject sets the scene for a career in the massage industry by covering: communication, goal setting, scope of practice, medical terminology, client screening, record keeping, ethics, legal considerations, occupational health and safety and symptomology of common contraindications. Students also learn how to adapt their treatment to account for the physical changes associated with older age, disability and pregnancy                                  


This module covers cells, tissues, and each of the 11 major systems of the body and their integration and control. Manual therapy requires an in-depth knowledge of bony anatomy and muscle; this subject covers bony landmarks in detail and the original, insertion, action and innervation of 63 major muscles which a therapist could expect to be treating. The student can also expect to cover nutrition and energy systems in this module.


The full body massage sequence; 140 Swedish strokes to reduce stress, improve circulation, assist lymph function and enhance relaxation. Students learn how to treat pregnant women, elderly, young and special needs clients. Also included in this wide ranging practical component is corporate seated massage.


The Provide First Aid unit of competency provides students with the skills and knowledge required to provide First Aid response, life support, management of casualty(s), the incident and other First Aiders until emergency qualified help arrives at the scene of the accident.


Trigger points, more commonly referred to as “knots”, are a very common cause of aches and pains and associated with most musculoskeletal conditions. Neuromuscular techniques are applied to ‘deactivate’ trigger points and reduce the pain they cause. Students learn about the signs and symptoms of trigger points, what causes them, and a range of techniques to treat them in 48 major muscles.

Shiatsu techniques use fingers, thumbs and palms to apply a 'passive' and sustained pressure to key points in the body; passive as it uses body weight, not force or strength from the practitioner. The therapy can also utilise passive stretching, joint articulation and mobilisation.


This module teaches all the knowledge and skills required to stretch all the major muscles of the body, passively or 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.

Thai Massage is a form of treatment that uses deep passive stretching and slow sustained compression applied to the client. It is a great treatment that involves the client and therapist creating deep stretching and muscular release. Some clients find this to be a very uplifting and beneficial treatment. 


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.



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 ‘what’, ‘how’ and ‘why’ of Remedial Therapy. Students learn the foundation knowledge required to understand assessment and practice. Key topics include: benefits of remedial massage, scope of practice, causes of musculoskeletal dysfunction, sensory receptors and reflexes, pathophysiology, stress and adaptation syndromes, record keeping, indications and contraindications, and managing the recovery process.


This subject covers the functional anatomy of the lymphatic system (lymph, lymph vessels, lymph nodes, major node locations and watersheds). Students learn a full body MLD sequence that covers timing, direction, sequence, pressure and techniques. The MLD sequence prepares students to treat clients with oedema, lymphoedema and other lymphatic dysfunctions. Students also learn clinical assessment skills to determine indications and contraindications for MLD treatment.


Clinic is the student’s most valuable learning experience as a budding new therapist. Students plan, market, and run a public clinic within the college clinic(s). For full-time students, this begins in week 8 and requires 1 day or 2 evenings each week for the remainder of the course; 36 weeks in total. You will be able to request your clinic schedule from the available time slots each Term.  Clinic is an opportunity to put into practice all of the knowledge and skills learnt throughout the course. During clinic students practice and refine their skills under the watchful guidance and support of a Q Academy Course Coach.


This subject is the foundation of students' Remedial Massage skills and one of the most comprehensive in the course. Students learn in excess of 200 assessment and treatment techniques, including myofascial release (MFR), neuromuscular techniques (NMT), positional release techniques (PRT), muscle energy techniques (MET) and therapeutic exercise. Students learn the anatomy, functional biomechanics and pathophysiology for each body region; vertebral column, pelvis, hips, knees, ankle, foot, shoulder, elbow, and wrist.



Prevention is better than cure. Soft tissue dysfunctions are commonly believed to be the cause of injury. As an expert in the assessment and treatment of soft tissue conditions which cause pain and dysfunction, injury prevention becomes the foundation of what students will do. This subject gives students the knowledge and skills to identify the physical challenges associated with occupational and recreational activities, and intervene before they become problematic. For clients who become injured, correct management is essential to get them back on track as quickly and safely as possible. Armed with the best-practice knowledge of injury management, this subject puts you in an ideal position to be working alongside and assisting primary medical practitioners, in rehabilitating clients from injury, trauma and surgery.


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.


A strong body is a healthy body. Strength and conditioning isn’t reserved just for sports people. Becoming stronger, fitter and more mobile as we age is fundamental to maintaining our physical health. This subject provides students with the skills and a training framework to provide their clients with safe and effective exercise programs to build and maintain a strong, healthy body.


This is a subject that would greatly interest students wanting to work with active individuals, athletes or sports people. Reducing the risk of injury, athletic preparation, pre-game treatment for performance enhancement, and post-game recovery strategies are all covered. The knowledge and skills gained from this subject will make students an integral member of a team of experts, helping active individuals perform at their absolute best.


Units of Competency  
Core Units

CHCCOM006: Establish and manage client relationships

CHCDIV001: Work with diverse people

HLTMSG001: Develop massage practice

HLTINF004: Manage the control of infection

HLTWHS004: Manage work health and safety

CHCLEG003: Manage legal and ethical compliance

HLTMSG002: Assess client massage needs

HLTMSG004: Provide massage treatment

CHCPRP003: Reflect on and improve own professional practice

CHCPRP005: Engage with health professionals and the health system

HLTMSG003: Perform remedial massage musculoskeletal assessments

HLTAAP003: Analyse and respond to client health information

HLTMSG005: Provide remedial massage treatments

HLTAID003: Provide first aid

HLTMSG006: Adapt Remedial Massage practice to meet specific needs

HLTMSG008: Monitor and evaluate remedial massage treatments

Elective Units

BSBSMB404: Undertake small business planning

HLTREFF002: Provide reflexology for relaxation

HLTHPS010: Interpret and use Information about Nutrition and Diet

SISSSTC301A: Instruct strength and conditioning techniques

HLTMSG007: Adapt remedial massage practice for athletes



Duration and Study Load

As a full-time course at a Diploma level, students will be required to partake in a number of activities that allow individuals to apply integrated technical and theoretical concepts in a broad range of contexts to undertake advanced skilled work. 

The course will require learners to complete a range of study hours, both on-site and external, including directed and self directed activities and tasks. There is an expectation that students will also undertake self assessment and planning of nominal study requirements relevant to their own abilities to achieve an appropriate skill level.

Q Academy will help students throughout the study process, however it is important students come into study with realistic expectations.

The duration of study is over a year full-time with study breaks throughout the study terms. Students should expect a full-time study load during this period to complete the qualification successfully. 


Q Academy Tuition Fee

Standard Fee: $12,500

 - Payment Plans available to self fund by Term (4 Terms x $3,125 /Term)

 - Student Loan funding now available directly through Q Academy for eligible students.

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