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.

Unit details

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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: - 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.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - state, territory, and local health and hygiene regulations and requirements relevant to providing body massages; - organisational policies and procedures relevant to providing body massages; - legal and insurance liabilities and responsibilities regarding treatments; - scope of practice; - effects, benefits and application of each type of massage movement and technique; - effects and benefits of massage on body systems; - anatomical position terminology in relation to body massage; - interdependence of body systems and their relationship to massage; - classification of joints and types and ranges of motion; - position of major bones; - position and action of superficial muscles in relation to body massage; - common disorders of the following body systems and their relationship to body massage; - gross skin anatomy and physiology and differences in skin depending on body location; - skin as a sense organ; - contraindications that prevent treatment or require clearance from a medical professional to proceed and relationship to body massage; - contraindications that restrict treatment and appropriate modifications to massage; - appearance and limitations of body massage in skin disorders and diseases; - physiology of adverse reactions to body massage and appropriate remedial action; - lifestyle factors and benefits of lifestyle changes; - sustainable operating procedures for the conservation of product, water and power, and; - effects and benefits of aftercare advice, products and treatments relevant to body massages.

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