distance education program

Earn your Certificate in Relaxation Massage in one year.


Recommended as a one-year Distance Education Program, students attend three-day seminar weekends each month onsite at Wellington College in Winnipeg, supplemented by Wellington College's theoretical manuals and online Moodle component. This program provides the student with adequate knowledge and ability to perform relaxation massage. Completion of this level may also allow you to work in spas and beauty salons.

This course is a prerequisite for the Advanced Remedial Massage Therapy Diploma.

Because the College has found that demands are often greater on students with families and full-time jobs, it is recommended that students in these situations consider completing the course over two years.

Program Goals & Objectives
The Basic Remedial Massage course was designed for those who wish to study massage for their own interest or to perform massage for relaxation. Graduates of this program will have a basic understanding of anatomy, physiology, pathology and clinical skills andbe proficient at applying massage for relaxation purposes. Completion of this course does not make your massage services reimbursable by all insurance programs.

Job Market

Some professional associations recognize Basic Remedial Massage as adequate for membership in their organizations. With this course, graduates can practice in some provinces as ‘body workers.’ Their clients, however, will not receive reimbursement for massage services from private insurance companies.

For students who choose to practice massage outside Canada, this course provides adequate knowledge tonmeet board exams in the United States. This course is also adequate to work in a chiropractic or physiotherapy clinic.

Program Delivery

Distance education requires students to be good managers of time. The program is a combination of self-directed learning and regularly scheduled seminars, followed by test papers. At each seminar, students receive lectures and practical presentations. Because a portion of study is completed outside the classroom, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that assignments are completed and lectures prepared for.

Instruction is provided through practical demonstration combined with theoretical lessons, including theory of massage, anatomy, physiology, client recording, practice management and other related subjects. Distance Education provides theoretical study, making classes a time for clarification and instruction.

At orientation, students will receive their first study section. Along with texts, students will also receive a study guide that replaces instructors in normal classroom situations. The lesson material acts as a comprehensive guide through all the required study areas.

Students are required to attend regularly scheduled seminars every four weeks. Students will also participate in one evening Internet class per week for two to three hours.

The College issues lessons that are completed using approved textbooks and literature. Assignments are completed at the end of each lesson and turned in to instructors on seminar weekends. Students must also sit for monthly unit exams, which are completed under the observance of a proctor who is approved by the College. Exams are based on information covered to that date.

Clinic and Outreach Requirements

Students must also complete four hours per week for 30 weeks of observed clinical experience. The clinic is open weekdays from 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Students who reside outside the Winnipeg area may complete this requirement through participation in an authorized massage, chiropractic or physiotherapy clinic in their area.

Exposure to conditions and pathologies are addressed by having students participate in outreach opportunities. Students complete a rotation through different outreach environments, exposing them to the types of conditions they would likely see in their practices. Outreach with the College occurs on Tuesday or Thursday afternoons. For students living outside Winnipeg, alternative settings can be arranged.

Group Tutorials

To assist learning away from class, it is suggested that students organize study groups. These supportive groups act as an avenue for clarification of readings and assignments.

Time Commitment

Students who choose Distance Education control the time required to adequately cover and complete the course curriculum. However, there are a number of mandatory requirements:

  • attendance at one, two-day orientation seminar
  • attendance at 12 regularly scheduled three-day seminars
  • attendance at two, one-day workshops
  • participation in clinical application
  • participation in online classes on Wednesday evenings

Students who do not hold valid CPR level C and/or standard first aid certificates must obtain them by September 30 (CPR and first aid courses are available through the College).

Please note that the Distance Education program is not considered part-time. The College recommends that students with large demands on their time should reduce the course load and extend their studies. This will make the course longer, but it will reduce stress and better assure success.

Variance from Full-time Practical Lab

(PMAS 100)

Students must complete lab hours that are authenticated by the College.

Examination Requirements

Students are required to complete closed book assignments (CBA) following each monthly seminar. Exam packages contain questions pertaining to the topic areas recently covered in lectures. The length of time it takes to complete these exams is dependent on the student; however, the maximum time required in any examination period is generally three hours. For students living more than one hour outside the city, the College will help to locate someone in the area who will observe exams. Exams will be mailed or e-mailed directly to the authorized observer who will then mail them back to the College after completion.

As well, all students are required to complete practical and written exams at the College, outside regularly scheduled seminars, regardless of where they reside.

These will occur in January and June.


Grading in Basic Remedial Massage is based on many components, including assignments, group projects, class participation, unit exams, attendance, midyear exams and final exams. Marks are accumulated throughout the year according to a formula devised by the College. At the beginning of classes, instructors will provide a breakdown of the evaluation method for every subject.

Theoretical Evaluations

To move up from Year 1 to Year 2, students are required to attain a passing mark of 70% in all classes and topics. A 75% average must be maintained in order to pass the program.

Practical Evaluations

Students are evaluated four times during each year of the program. Marks are not awarded in practical application classes; instead, students are rated on a scale of one to five. To obtain a pass, students must achieve a rating of three or higher in 75% of the areas evaluated. The scale will be discussed in detail at orientation.


While the Certificate in Relaxation Massage is a Distance Education program, students who complete the first year of the Diploma in Remedial Massage Therapy through the Full Time Program can also receive their certificate.

Please note that due to the Government of Manitoba International Education Act (2016), Wellington College is not allowed to accept International Students at this time. You must first become a Permanent Resident or Citizen of Canada to enrol in our programs.