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HLT52015 Diploma of Remedial Massage

Healing touch is one of the oldest, most instinctual and powerful methods of caring available for human beings. Massage involves the stimulation of the superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, using various techniques to enhance function, aid in the healing process and promote relaxation and well-being. Massage involves working and acting on the body with pressure or moving on muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, skin, joints, other connective tissue, as well as vessels, or organs of the gastrointestinal system. Massage can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearms, and feet.

This nationally recognised, Industry endorsed massage course has been designed to give you the required knowledge and skills to practice as a Massage therapist.
The course encompasses a variety of massage techniques and areas including

  • passive joint movement techniques
  • passive soft tissue movement
  • effleurage longitudinal stroking
  • transverse gliding
  • cross over stroke
  • kneading/petrissage
  • friction techniques
  • compressive technique
  • percussion
  • temperature therapy
  • deep tissue massage
  • myofascial  tension technique
  • manual  lymphatic drainage,
  • trigger point release techniques
  • stretching techniques
  • specialised remedial massage treatment.

In addition to massage techniques, many other subject areas related to practice as massage therapists such as Anatomy and Physiology, Introduction to BioMedical Sciences, Communication, Law and Ethics, Work Health and Safety, Infection control, Nutrition, Marketing and business planning and First -Aid are also covered.

Mode of delivery

All the theory based units will be delivered via AIHFE virtual campus mode where the students can attend from any destination to by using their internet. The lecturers and tutorials are delivered in real time on a structured timetable so that students get an opportunity to ask questions from their teachers and interact with other fellow students. All the practical components are delivered face to face on the AIHFE campus.

Financial assistance

Domestic Students may be eligible to apply for Austudy/Abstudy assistance.  Students may also pay the course fees by installments without incurring any interest.

General Entry Requirements for AIHFE Diploma and Advanced Diploma Courses

For Advanced Diploma and Diploma courses, the applicants will need to have completed the Western Australian Certificate of Education (Year 12) or equivalent or satisfactory completion level 4 Australian Qualification or an equivalence. Mature age students with life experience may also apply for the course provided they meet literacy, language, and numeracy skill requirements.

Career Prospects

Most of the graduates set up in private practice or work in multi-disciplinary clinics along with other health care professionals such as physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths. Graduates can then share the overhead of running the business and also benefit from mutual referrals. This qualification reflects the role of remedial massage therapists who work with clients presenting with soft tissue dysfunction, musculoskeletal imbalance or restrictions in range of motion (ROM). Practitioners may be self-employed or work within a larger health service.

Unique Student Identifier requirement (USI)

The USI must be provided by all students applying for the course and this should be provided in the application form. If you need any assistance in obtaining your USI please contact the college administration.

College Policies and Procedures

All the prospective students are requested to view the college policies prior to enrollment. Policies can be accessed on the website under policies, procedures, and forms located at the bottom of the home page under the heading Navigation.


For full fee structure please contact the the college by email, info@aihfe.edu.au or registar@aihfe.edu.au


The course is designed to be delivered over a one-year period on a full-time fast-track basis requiring about 30-40 study per week, or on a part-time basis within two years. Most of the theory units will be delivered via our interactive virtual campus mode and the practical training will be delivered in the student clinic.

Students are required to complete 200 hours of massage practicals under the supervision of a qualified therapist to be eligible for their qualification.

If you need any assistance with your study plan, please contact us on 08 94173553 or send us an Email to registrar@aihfe.edu.au. Students will be enrolled in the AIHFE subjects that are mapped against the unit of competencies of the nationally recognised qualification.

For Full time fast-tracked schedule click here

To see the mapping of the unit of competency with AIHFE subjects click here.


  • Your qualification is nationally recognised (Australia wide) through Australian Qualification Framework.
  • Monitored and regulated by Australian Skills Qualification Authority, the government regulator of the Vocational Education and Training Sector.
  • Approved by Department of Human Services to receive financial assistance for full time eligible Australian students (Austudy/Abstudy).
  • Industry recognition which enables our students and graduates to apply for membership of professional bodies such as Australian Natural Therapists Association and other massage therapy associations.
  • Eligibility to apply for membership of American Association of Drugless Practitioners.
  • Accredited by British Complementary Medicine Association.