This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to establish the foundations of massage practice, evaluate what makes a sustainable practice and then to develop an approach to own practice.  This unit applies to massage therapists.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - used critical thinking skills to: review and reflect on information from a range of sources about massage practice, and; evaluate and articulate requirements for sustainable massage practice; - communicated key messages about massage therapy to meet the information needs of at least 3 different individuals or groups, and; - developed goals for own practice that reflect the values and philosophies of massage therapy.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - historical development of massage; - different types of massage treatments and their key features and purpose, including the difference between relaxation and remedial massage; - key features of complementary therapies used in conjunction with massage, including: aromatherapy and reflexology; - key features of allied health services and their relationship to massage, including: physiotherapy, osteopathy, chiropractic, exercise physiology, dietetics and naturopathy; - place of massage practice in the broader health care system; - professional massage networks and industry bodies; - different models of professional massage practice and their employment opportunities; - components of sustainable practice, and; - legal and ethical considerations (national and state/territory) and how these are applied in individual practice.

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