Diploma of Remedial Massage Course (HLT52021)

Boost Your Massage Therapy Skills in Melbourne or through our FLEXI Program


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ACFB’s Melbourne-based (HLT52021) Diploma of Remedial Massage course will strengthen your knowledge and massage therapy skills, making you a highly sought-after therapist in the massage industry!

Why are we so confident? Because at ACFB, you receive remedial massage education that few other training providers in Victoria can match. Our highly qualified staff are industry leaders who provide award-winning training and support, which is why we were voted a previous winner of the Victorian Small Training Provider of the Year by the Department of Education.

Studying a (HLT52021) Diploma of Remedial Massage with ACFB ensures you get the best possible practical training and education to begin your remedial massage therapist career! Our award-winning training will equip you with the latest knowledge and advanced remedial massage techniques, guaranteed to increase your employment opportunities and help you become an industry leader.


Why is NOW an important time to study?

There has never been a more important time to think about how you are going to strengthen your future. Whether you are looking for an additional income or a new career, the possibilities a career as a Remedial Massage Therapist can provide are endless.


Do you need a course that will fit around your busy lifestyle?

ACFB’s On-campus FLEXI program may be what you are looking for.  You can start straight away; it’s flexible, self-paced and can fit around any lifestyle while still being practical and engaging!  And, you can still apply for a Health Care Provider Number once you Graduate!

Don’t miss this opportunity; call us on 1300 002 232 to find out how it will work for you and take the first step towards a rewarding career in remedial massage!


Detailed Course: What You Will Learn and Provide After Graduating from the Diploma of Remedial Massage Course:

  • Relaxation massage techniques, Lomi Lomi and Reflexology, Seated masssage
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Sports massage and stretching techniques
  • Deep Tissue Massage (DTM)
  • Myofascial Release (MFR)
  • Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)
  • Trigger Point Therapy (TRP)
  • Muscle Energy Techniques (MET)
  • Positional Release Techniques (ART)
  • Active Release Techniques (ART)
  • Physical Assessment and Corrective Exercises
  • Orthopaedic and functional assessment techniques and injury prevention
  • Corporate massage and regional treatment techniques
  • First aid
  • And much more!

We focus on providing students with a great mix of theoretical knowledge and practical hands-on work experience, giving you the skills and confidence to perform your role as a massage therapist to a high standard.

Real Life Practical Experience

As part of our ongoing commitment to preparing our students for the industry, in 2008 ACFB opened a full-time Student Massage Clinic at our Mitcham campus. When you study at ACFB, our clinic will bring together your skills and knowledge in a fully supervised and supportive environment. The clinic is open to the general public from Monday to Saturday and some evenings and you are able to put in your availability to suit your lifestyle commitments.

To give you an idea of how popular our students clinics are, we have an average of 500+ clinic sessions a month, and a database of over 10,000 clients so you will be able to get a great deal of experience when you study. Which in-turn provides you with the confidence and knowledge to start your new career once you graduate!

What is Myofascial Release?

Myofascial release refers to a physical therapy technique often implemented to alleviate myofascial pain syndrome, a chronic discomfort triggered by tightness and sensitivity in the myofascial tissues enveloping and sustaining the body’s muscles. Pain typically originates from certain trigger points within these tissues.

The therapy aims to ease tension in the trigger points, subsequently reducing pain. Due to the difficulty in pinpointing the exact trigger point causing the discomfort, the myofascial release therapy is generally applied over a broad muscle and tissue area.

In our Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy Course, we equip our students with the knowledge and practical skills to successfully apply myofascial release techniques, among others. Our expert trainers ensure a holistic approach that combines theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience, fostering the competence and confidence to support clients in their journey towards improved health and mobility.

What Constitutes a Lomi Lomi Massage?

A Lomi Lomi massage, also known as a Hawaiian full body massage, represents a unique approach to massage therapy that uses a mix of instinctual techniques, coupled with controlled breathing, to open up energy pathways and alleviate tension. Using their hands and forearms, therapists employ long, rhythmic, sweeping strokes to massage the body, often focusing on multiple areas simultaneously.

The Lomi Lomi technique aids in enhancing circulation, flexibility, and immune response, while also working to reduce blood pressure. The comprehensive practical training and advanced remedial techniques taught at ACFB ensure students gain the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively execute a Lomi Lomi massage among other techniques. In turn, these skills make our graduates highly sought-after therapists in the massage industry.

What Is Trigger Point Therapy?

Trigger point therapy, part of a remedial massage therapist’s repertoire, focuses on the neuromuscular system with an aim to expedite recovery from injury, rectify muscular imbalances, and alleviate pain. In this therapy, pressure gets applied to muscle ‘knots’ or areas of tightness, following a muscle stretch. The goal here lies in alleviating muscle tension and fostering healing.

Trigger point therapy amis to ‘reprogram’ the neuromuscular system. Following a muscle injury, inflammation happens, causing pain, leading you to protect the muscle to avert further damage. By applying pressure, trigger point therapy decreases this pain, allowing muscles to revert to their normal state. This aids in healing as inflammation diminishes, leading to reduced pain and tightness.
Trigger point therapy proves advantageous for conditions such as muscle injury, muscle tightness, carpel tunnel syndrome, and repetitive strain injury. When you undertake the Diploma of Remedial Massage course at ACFB, you acquire comprehensive knowledge about techniques like trigger point therapy, ensuring that you are well-equipped to meet the demands of the massage industry.

What Is Lymphatic Drainage Massage?

A Lymphatic Drainage Massage, often referred to as Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD), provides relief from swelling that occurs due to the lymphatic system’s disruption caused by medical treatment or certain illnesses. This massage technique gently manipulates specific body areas to facilitate the movement of lymph towards regions with functioning lymph vessels.

This therapeutic approach is particularly useful for mitigating painful swelling in limbs affected by lymphedema, commonly experienced by individuals recovering from surgeries like breast cancer procedures. Lymphedema is a condition where tissues accumulate fluid left behind by the cardiovascular system supplying blood to tissues and organs.

This excess fluid, known as lymph, is typically collected by the lymphatic system and returned to the heart through a network of lymph vessels and nodes. When the lymphatic system is disrupted, lymph accumulates in your limbs, resulting in swelling.
Through Manual Lymphatic Drainage techniques, a massage therapist can move lymph from your tissues to your lymph nodes, effectively alleviating tissue swelling. For those studying at ACFB, the Diploma of Remedial Massage course incorporates detailed education on Manual Lymphatic Drainage, among other advanced remedial massage techniques.

What Should I Wear for a Massage Session?

Deciding on what to wear to a massage is all about prioritising your comfort. Opt for loose, easy-to-remove clothing, much like your gym attire. This consideration makes the process of changing into your massage session attire simple and ensures you remain comfortable post-session, especially as some residual massage oil might linger on your skin.

Do note that while some clients prefer being entirely unclothed for a massage—especially for full-body sessions—it is not a requirement. You should undress to your level of comfort, and it’s perfectly acceptable to retain your undergarments. During the treatment, a professional therapist—like those trained in the Diploma of Remedial Massage Course at ACFB—will keep you sufficiently covered with a blanket or a large towel for your comfort. Your privacy and comfort are paramount, and therapists will navigate the cover so that you never feel exposed during the session.

Before commencing the session, if you’re opting to wear underwear, the therapist may offer you disposable underwear to prevent any oil from staining your clothing, especially during a full-body massage. Always remember, every decision related to your session is entirely up to you.

Why choose ACFB?

Like with all good training, it needs to be comprehensive! We don’t gloss over anything and we ensure you have detailed knowledge and skills in all aspects within your course – And this is what will set you apart in the industry!

You can choose to study your (HLT52021) Diploma of Remedial Massage course either On-campus or On-campus FLEXI if you have a busy lifestyle. Both allow you to apply for a Health Care Provider Number upon successful completion of the course. Our highly trained instructors ensure you receive the best possible training that can be matched by few other providers. Our remedial massage course is designed to ensure our graduates get the necessary education and skills to forge a successful career in the massage industry.

Interested? If so, call us today on 1300 002 232 to find out more about ACFB’s (HLT52021) Diploma of Remedial Massage course.

Delivery Options


If you have the ability to attend classes, then On-campus study is your best option!

Enjoy nice small classes, a mixture of theory and practical in each class and be guided by a team of highly qualified and supportive trainers.

  • Next Class – August 2024 – Mondays & Wednesdays (9:30am – 4:30pm) Accepting Enrolments!!

Duration – 12 months of classes + additional time to finalise your student clinics.


On-campus FLEXI

If you have a busier lifestyle, yet are motivated and good at managing your time, then our On-Campus FLEXI program will be great for you.

You attend practical workshops for each topic that are delivered multiple times each month. You then review the course material and detailed films, complete any theory assessments and practice at home. Once you are confident in the topic you book in for a practical demonstration.

It’s flexible and self-pace, and you can start straight away!! – Contact our team to get started!

Duration – Between 10 to 21 months (maximum of 21 months)


ACFB is committed to ensuring all students have the highest advantage to succeed in the industry. This is why both study options meet and exceed the minimum education standards that will allow you to apply for a Health Care Provider Number upon successful completion of the course.


The following 21 units are included in this course:

Unit Code Unit Description
BSBSESB401 Research and develop business plans
CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance
CHCCOM006 Establish and manage client relationships
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice
CHCPRP005 Engage with health professionals and the health system
HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status
HLTAAP003 Analyse and respond to client health information
HLTAID011 Provide first aid
HLTINF004 Manage the prevention and control of infection
HLTREF002 Provide reflexology for relaxation
HLTMSG009 Develop massage practice
HLTMSG010 Assess client massage needs
HLTMSG011 Provide massage treatment
HLTMSG013 Perform remedial massage musculoskeletal assessments
HLTMSG014 Provide remedial massage treatments
HLTMSG015 Adapt remedial massage practice to meet specific needs
HLTMSG016 Apply principles of pain neuroscience
HLTMSG017 Apply remedial massage clinical practice
HLTMSG018 Adapt massage practice for athletes
HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety


We at ACFB ensure you receive professional industry mentorship from expert trainers throughout your Diploma of Remedial Massage course. To help foster peer relationships and support, we also provide you with access to an interactive student eLearning portal for easy access to course material, detailed films, student forums and assessment submission.


There are NO previous qualifications needed for you to enter this course. Any person wishing to enrol in this course will need to be academically suited to study by having:

  • an exit level 3 or higher in their Core Skill knowledge through a Core Skills Assessment,
  • a previously completed Certificate IV or higher qualification or
  • Year 12 (VCE) certificate or equivalent.

And ACFB needs to reasonably believe that the student will be able to undertake the course.


Practical Hours

A minimum of 200 hours of clinic work, which is made up of supervised clinic  and timetabled consultations and incorporated clinic work.


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

If you have previous qualifications and/or experience that you believe cover parts of the course’s current contents, please read carefully and complete the Stage 1 RPL/RCC Form below and send it to ACFB’s Program Manager: [email protected].

Stage 1 RPL/RCC Form

  • Relevant evidence must be provided to support your request for RPL.


How to Enroll in the Diploma of Remedial Massage Course

Ready to start your journey in becoming a skilled remedial massage therapist? Call us now on 1300 002 232 or simply click the ‘Enquire Today’ button to take the first step toward a successful career in the massage industry.

Career Pathways

By completing ACFB’s (HLT52021) Diploma of Remedial Massage course, you will be able to further your studies and enroll in the 22316VIC Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy.


Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of the (HLT52021) Diploma of Remedial Massage course, you will have acquired the advanced theoretical and practical knowledge to become a qualified Remedial Massage Therapist. Graduates will be able to:

  • Start up or further develop their own business
  • Work within a multi-disciplinary clinic
  • Work with various client populations groups
  • Liaise and collaborate with allied health providers
  • Work freelance or in-house at an elite sporting club



ACFB is a Registered Training Organisation through the Australian Skills and Qualification Authority (ASQA) TOID – 21150

This course is Nationally Recognised as listed on training.gov.au and has the following Nationally Recognised code – HLT52015

A previous recipient of the Victorian Small Training Provider of the Year by the Department of Education means studying a Diploma of Remedial Massage with us ensures you get the best possible training and education to start your new career!

Course Fees

ACFB’s award-winning courses are competitively priced because we try to make it easier for you to start your new career. You may even be eligible for government funding. Below are course fee options for the (HLT52021) Diploma of Remedial Massage course training.


Our Course Fee Options for Diploma of Remedial Massage (HLT52021) Training:

  • Skills First Funding – Get your Massage Course Government Funded! Click here to see if you are eligible. Skills First Funding is provided by the Victorian and Commonwealth Government.
  • VET Student Loans – Offered by the Australian Government to help eligible students pay their tuition fees. Learn more here.
  • Student Scholarship Program – A way you can gain more practical experience and reduce your course fee.
  • No deposit and No interest instalment plans available – If you don’t want a loan, you can simply put your course fees on an instalment plan.
  • Austudy Approved

2024 Schedule of Tuition Fees

Contact ACFB on 1300 002 232 for more information about our course fees for the Diploma of Remedial Massage and other available courses.

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