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.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
Unit code:


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.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - state or territory and local health and hygiene regulations and requirements relevant to aromatherapy massages; - organisational policies and procedures relevant to aromatherapy massage; - legal and insurance liabilities and responsibilities regarding treatments; - scope of practice; - factors likely to affect suitability of treatments for client needs; - effects and benefits of: each type of massage movement and technique; blended oils, and; massage on body systems; - effects of aromatherapy treatments on body systems; - anatomical position terminology in relation to aromatherapy massage; - common disorders of body systems and their relationship to aromatherapy treatments; - anatomy and physiology of skin structures as it relates to aromatherapy massage; - care, handling and storage of oils; - ingredients in mixed oils and their effect on skin and possible contraindications in combining oils with other products; - contraindications that prevent treatment or require clearance from a medical professional to proceed; - contraindications that restrict treatment and appropriate modifications to treatment and use of oils; - appearance and limitations of aromatherapy treatments in skin disorders and diseases, and; - reactions to aromatherapy massage and appropriate remedial action.

Where to next?

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following courses. Refer to the course page for information on how to apply for the course.

VU takes care to ensure the accuracy of this unit information, but reserves the right to change or withdraw courses offered at any time. Please check that unit information is current with the Student Contact Centre.