Recognize The Full Potential Of The Healing Benefits of Massage Therapy.

Basic Relaxation Massage Diploma


Our Basic Relaxation Massage Diploma instructors live, eat and breathe massage. Over the course of our Basic Relaxation Massage Diploma, our instructors take students through a fantastic journey, learning about massage and the body, entirely from a massage point of view. Content includes Swedish Relaxation Massage as the foundation, as well as an introduction to therapeutic techniques.

The curriculum is designed to inspire students to recognize the full potential benefits of the healing massage the impact it can have on our modern world. Once you get a taste of what you can do for people, you will want to complete the 2nd year Advanced Therapeutic Massage diploma as well. Students who ONLY complete the Basic diploma find it increasingly difficult to obtain employment, and find it hard to receive work in other provinces outside Alberta.

Upon successful completion of all requirements, students will receive a Diploma in Massage Therapy (1008 Hours).

Diploma structure.

The Basic Relaxation Massage Diploma is a blend of distance and classroom learning, with a hands-on, practical component. In between the once-a-month classroom sessions, students must complete home study assignments, correspondence work and practical work experience.

Classroom instruction: Students must attend 7, 2-day classroom tutorials spaced approximately 4 weeks apart. Each day is divided into 2 classes: ½ day of academic instruction and ½ day of massage treatments. At the start of every weekend of classroom instruction (with the exception of the first class), students must write an examination consisting of the material taught in the previous month including all assigned home study for that month. If the student does not complete the materials as assigned they will be unable to successfully complete the exam. Classes take place on both Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM.

Home study assignments: These are assigned at the end of each weekend of classroom instruction to be completed prior to the next class. They provide reinforcement and expansion of the concepts presented in class.

Correspondence lessons: These are supplied at the end of each weekend of classroom instruction. The student is required to complete and submit the correspondence lesson at the next scheduled class. These lessons provide the student with the ability to improve their critical thinking and reading skills, and to prepare them for the independent nature and business of massage therapy.

Practical work experience: Students must obtain the required hours of supervised work experience within a specific time frame.


Tuition Costs:

  • $9,600.00
  • Tuition
  • $575.00
  • Books
  • $325.00
  • Supplies
  • $10,500.00
  • Total

[For international students there is a non-refundable application fee of $500.00]

Diploma dates.

Applications are now open for Calgary, Red Deer and Cold Lake

Fall 2022

Start Date: September 10, 2022.

Applications are now open for Calgary

Summer 2022

Start Date: July 23, 2022.

The courses you will take are:


Ethics and Business Course

This course will provide students with the foundational knowledge of ethical business practices within a massage therapy setting. Topics in this course include maintaining professional boundaries, compliance with federal and provincial requirements and communicating professionally with clients. Students will complete the course by creating a personal business card and a client-facing massage therapy brochure or website.



This course examines the major structures of the human body as they pertain to massage therapy. Students will learn to identify and locate major bones and landmarks as well as learn the major muscles along with their location and function.



This course introduces students to physiology of the human body. Students will examine how the body functions through body systems such as skeletal, muscular, respiratory, and integumentary systems. As a massage therapist, understanding body systems will assist in massage treatment and techniques.

Medical and Massage Terminology

The ability to understand and correctly use medical and massage terminology is a necessary skill when writing treatment plans, collaborating with others in the healthcare field and when talking to clients. This course also explores massage modifications for various conditions and pathologies.

Practical Massage

This course introduces students to performing relaxation massage. Hands-on demonstrations as well as in-class practice, students will develop their practical massage skills. In addition, topics such as self-care and ergonomics will be examined. The course is created to prepare students for their 56-hour practicum during the last two

Entrance requirements.

Standard Admission:

  • Alberta high school diploma or equivalent verified by transcript or DAR
  • Provide a CRC
  • Provide an Immunization disclaimer

Mature Admission:

  • Be at least 18 years of age prior to admission (19 if out of province)
  • Provide a CRC
  • Provide an Immunization disclaimer
  • Successfully complete the MCG Career College admissions test

Doctor’s note

  • Applicants must submit a clearly legible doctor’s note indicating that the student is physically capable of meeting the demands of a career in massage therapy.

Rules and regulations


Upon successful completion of the Basic Relaxation Massage Therapy Diploma, graduates will be qualified to obtain employment in health clubs, gyms, spas, resorts, and clinics with other health care and alternative health care professionals. They will also be capable of being self-employed either full or part-time in the field of relaxation massage.

The composition make-up of this diploma will set all students up for success as massage therapists, yet student are encouraged to move on the second-year, Advanced Therapeutic Massage Therapy diploma to advance their knowledge and earn the hours required to become Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs).


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