This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to prepare for and provide massage treatments using a defined range of techniques and sequences. This unit applies to massage therapists providing general health maintenance treatments. It does not include remedial massage techniques.

The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

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: - performed the activities outlined in the performance criteria of this unit during a period of at least 80 hours of massage client consultation work; - prepared for and managed at least 40 massage treatment sessions - clients must include males and females from different stages of life with varied presentations, and; - used all of the following massage techniques: effleurage; frictions; kneading; longitudinal gliding strokes; petrissage; compressions; tapotement; vibrations.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - massage techniques and how to apply them; - endangerment sites, where they are and the limitations of touching these depending on scope of practice; - potential reactions during treatment and how to respond; - potential reactions following treatment and appropriate client advice to provide; - methods of monitoring treatment progress; - types of advice and resources that can be provided to clients for their use outside the clinical environment, and; - documentation requirements for recording treatment details.

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