Enhance your fitness career by becoming a Massage Therapist
When it comes to a rewarding and successful career, up-skilling is a fantastic way to ensure you stay current – and at the forefront of your industry.
After researching the fitness and sports industry, and taking the time to consult with our Career Partners, the Institute has developed a tailored Massage Therapist program, designed especially for the fitness and sports industry.
Become an Institute certified Massage Therapist specialising in fitness and sport
Our Massage Therapist program focuses on gaining a deeper knowledge of anatomy and physiology, giving students the skills to perform a variety of techniques, so they can administer:
- Sports massage
- Relaxation massage
- Deep tissue massage
- Trigger Point Therapy
Just imagine being able to take your clients through a PT session and then booking them in for a massage. Not only is it a great body workout for them, but it’s also a great way to boost your income by increasing client retention and adding a new revenue stream to your personal training business.
We currently run the following course at our campuses in Adelaide, Perth and Sydney.
Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice (HLT40312)
This nationally recognised qualification will give you a comprehensive understanding of the human body and physiology and can be done part-time and full-time.
The course is delivered over 56 sessions.
Sessions 1-20 – learn detailed anatomy of bones and muscles as well as locating them on the body, while learning to administer a full body relaxation massage.
Sessions 21-32 – be guided through massage for clients with special needs and learn chair massage, followed by sports massage techniques and advanced stretching techniques.
Sessions 33-46 – learn Trigger Point Therapy and massage business skills.
Sessions 47-56 – gain hands-on massage experience with real clients via our Student Massage Clinic.
"I run a portable private massage business both in and out of the gym...from the start of my Massage course I was blown away. We got straight into the massage and always had practical experience. My tip for any one going to do the course would be practice as much as you can. It will give you loads more confidence when it comes to real life clients".
Alex HepburnCertificate IV Graduate
Chris BennettChris has been in the massage industry since 1982, where he learnt Relaxation Massage and Trigger Point Therapy. Since then he has trained in numerous other modalities including Sports Massage, Tsoi Na (Tui Na - ap) (Chinese Massage), Reflexology, the Bowen Technique, the Feldenkrais Method and Remedial Massage, and has also run his own private practice. He has lectured and trained people for nearly 30 years at numerous institutions, including TAFE, University Extension, the ACNHS, the ACNM, and now the Massage School at the Australian Institute of Fitness.
Angelo PeghiniAngelo is a Remedial Massage Therapist and Personal Trainer with a long history (nearly 20 years), and passion for sports massage and injury prevention. He has enjoyed over eight years teaching others, including time at Sport Medicine Australia (WA), and six years teaching at the Massage School at the Australian Institute of Fitness. Angelo has also worked as a Therapist with various national teams such as The Springboks and Wallabies, and has many clients among international Ballroom dancing and local sporting identities. He has also been a consultant for WAIS and worked alongside many Chiropractors and Physiotherapists in the sports rehabilitation field.
Heather ChirakisWorking in the medical field for many years as a Nurse and a Physio Assistant, Heather expanded her knowledge and experience by moving into the massage industry. She completed the Diploma in Remedial Massage in 2006 and has been running her own business since. Heather has attended numerous workshops throughout her massage career developing her skills to continue her work on clients with various musculature dysfunctions. Her areas of practice ranges from relaxation, deep tissue, sports massage and with her nursing background she often works with WorkCover patients, stroke victims, multiple sclerosis, cancer patients and clients with other medical conditions. Heather has been working closely with the coaching staff from AFL Crows and Port Power providing Institute massage graduates to their team. She has also been the lead Massage Therapist for other professional sporting groups such as Adelaide United Foot Club and the Adelaide 36's Basketball.
Georgina TurelliGeorgina continued her enjoyment of learning about the human body after finishing her degree by enrolling in a relaxation massage course at NHA. By the end of the first week she had then organised to study a double diploma by the end of year. With modalities ranging from deep tissue sports massage to Myofascial release and Craniosacral therapy to Anma and Thai massage she has a wide range of skills to deal with all sorts of musculoskeletal dysfunctions. Adding on to her skill set she is currently enrolled to complete a Diploma of Reflexology as well as a Holistic Health Coaching Course. Experience in working in a variety of multiple disciplinary clinics has helped to build a well-rounded therapist with many experiences to share with eager students.
Sheldon joins us from the east coast of Canada, where he competed in Athletics at a representative level.
His industry experience spans across 7 years and specialises both in physical & manual therapies. As a clinical soft tissue therapist Sheldon has worked with Allied Health Professionals including Osteopaths and Chiropractors in the pre/rehabilitation.
His role as a Sports Massage Therapist with JRM Australia has given him the opportunity to work with professional sporting teams such as the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Canterbury Bulldogs, Wellington Hurricanes, Canterbury Crusaders and New Zealand All Blacks to name a few.
A keen martial artist, Sheldon holds a 1st Degree Black Belt and is registered with the World Taekwondo Federation in Seoul, South Korea. Outside of the Institute Sheldon stays active by chasing his son Lucas through the developmental joy that is...parenthood!
Scott has worked as Remedial Massage Therapist for over 5 years. He gained his experience in multidisciplinary health clinics, working alongside Chiropractors and Physiotherapists as well as providing massage expertise to several professional sporting teams (rugby league, basketball, soccer). Scott has extensive experience in deep tissue remedial and Trigger Point Massage as well as injury rehabilitation..
Scott has a passion for the health and fitness industry and absolutely loves sport and being active. He has a background in rugby union and is still playing competitive cricket.
Scott says he loves learning about the cool stuff the body can do and enjoys sharing his passion and experience with others.