This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to provide body treatments incorporating body massage techniques, electrical currents, body scrubs and wraps.  It requires the ability to establish priorities with clients, synthesise knowledge of anatomy, physiology and skin, and operate specialised equipment with allied cosmetic products to design and provide body treatments addressing relaxation requirements. Body treatments 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: - communicate, follow and adjust treatment plan to provide six safe and appropriate body treatments to clients of differing age and weight; - recognise contraindications, skin diseases and disorders relevant to each device listed in Assessment Conditions and to allied body products; - provide treatments to each of the following areas as appropriate to the above clients: abdomen; arms; back; décolletage; legs; neck; - design a sequence of four treatments and product recommendations for three of the above clients to address priorities of each client; - demonstrate safe and appropriate application of each of the following: direct current (galvanic) machine to infuse products into the epidermis; high frequency machine; steamer or infra-red or hydrotherapy or G5 mechanical massager to stimulate circulation; - design, record and update treatment plans and records for each of the above clients; - treat clients effectively and minimise skin reactions; - identify risk situations that cause short or overloaded circuits and take remedial action; - 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 or territory and local health, hygiene and skin penetration regulations and requirements relevant to providing body treatments; - organisational policies and procedures relevant to providing body treatments; - manufacturer instructions for the use of electrical equipment in body treatments; - legal and insurance liabilities and responsibilities regarding treatments; - scope of practice; - factors likely to affect suitability of body treatments for client; - effects and benefits of professional body ranges and their relationship to each device or treatment step; - effects and benefits on the physical structure of the skin and on body systems; - anatomical position terminology in relation to body treatments; - structural layers of the human body; - anatomy and physiology of cells, tissues, organs; - interdependence of body systems and their relationship to a healthy body and skin; - position of major bones; - position and action of superficial muscles; - postural and skeletal abnormalities; - common disorders of body systems and their relationship to body treatments; - normal and abnormal function of skin glands and skin gland secretions; - Fitzpatrick skin types; - skin as a sense organ and relationship to each device used; - the role of endocrine glands and hormones as they relate to the sebaceous and sweat glands; - function, formation and behaviour of major skin chemicals; - normal skin responses to irritation and trauma; - ingredients in treatment products, effects and benefits to skin, potential adverse effects and those contraindicated for specific clients; - chemical formulations of body treatment products; - contraindications to specific formulations and ingredients identified in product information, and; - principles and properties of electrical currents and the technology used in body treatments.

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