SHBBBOS002 - Provide body massages

Unit code: SHBBBOS002 | Study level: TAFE
City Campus
City King St


This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to provide full body relaxation massages.  It requires the ability to establish priorities with clients, synthesise knowledge of anatomy and physiology and lifestyle factors to design body massage routines, and provide advice on body products and protection from environmental damage. Body massage can be a single treatment or form part of a series of treatments.


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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:

  • provide six appropriate and safe body massages to clients of differing height, weight and age suitable for the established client treatment plan;
  • explain to client effects and benefits of body massage on anatomy and physiology of the following body systems: articular and skeletal; circulatory and lymphatic; endocrine; integumentary; muscular and nervous; respiratory;
  • provide massage to treat each of the following areas as appropriate to the above clients: abdomen; arms; back; decolletage; feet; hands; legs; neck;
  • design and provide treatment routines that demonstrate appropriate selection, application and combination of the following massage movements: effleurage; friction; petrissage; tapotement; vibration;
  • gentle, passive movement and appropriate massage techniques;
  • design, record and update treatment plans using correct anatomy and physiology terminology;
  • design a series of four progressive treatments for three of the clients to address ongoing needs of each client;
  • identify major bones and superficial muscles by light palpation;
  • recognise contraindications, skin diseases and disorders relevant to body massage;
  • present self, according to organisational policy;
  • comply with health and hygiene regulations and requirements, and;
  • clean, prepare and maintain treatment area according to organisational policy.

Required reading

The qualified trainer and assessor will provide teaching and learning materials as required in the form of workbooks produced by the Polytechnic and/or via the Polytechnic e-learning system.

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