SHBBBOS004 - Provide aromatherapy massages

Unit code: SHBBBOS004 | Study level: TAFE
City Campus
City King St


This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to provide aromatherapy massages using blended aromatic plant oils.  It requires the ability to establish priorities with clients, and synthesise knowledge of anatomy and physiology, skin science and lifestyle factors to select aromatic oils and massage techniques to meet client needs. Aromatherapy massage can be a single treatment, or form part of a series of treatments.

This unit applies to beauty and spa therapists who work in beauty salons, massage clinics and spas. In this environment they work as part of a team but make independent treatment decisions. They have knowledge across a range of aromatherapy massage techniques and blended oils.


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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 safe and appropriate aromatherapy massages to different clients that meet one or more of the following established client objectives;
  • explain to clients effects and benefits of blended oils listed in knowledge evidence and recommended aromatherapy treatment on body systems;
  • design, record and update treatment plans and records for each of the above clients using correct anatomical terminology;
  • design and provide treatment routines that demonstrate appropriate selection, application and combination of the following aromatherapy massage movements: effleurage; friction; petrissage;
  • provide aromatherapy massage treatments that demonstrate appropriate variation in rhythm and repetition of movements;
  • design a series of four treatments for three of the above clients to address ongoing needs of each client;
  • present self, according to organisational policy;
  • comply with health and hygiene regulations and requirements, and;
  • clean, prepare and maintain treatment areas 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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