This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to provide wet and dry spa therapies to meet client needs.  It requires the ability to consult with clients, and select, provide and review hydrotherapy, wraps, herbal packs, sauna and other signature spa treatments. Spa therapies can be an individual treatment or form part of a sequenced series of treatments.

This unit applies to beauty and spa therapists who work in day, destination and resort spas. In this environment they work in a team but make independent treatment decisions and have knowledge across a range of spa products and treatments.

Unit details

Study level:
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 spa treatments for different clients selecting treatments suitable for the established client treatment objectives; - design, record and maintain treatment plans for each client specifying details of: contraindications; spa treatments; routine and sequence; outcomes of previous and current treatment; post treatment information and advice; products used, relevant medical history and medication; treatment duration and future treatment recommendations; treatment objectives; client feedback; - maintain the spa environment before, during and after each treatment; - recognise and manage contraindications and adverse effects to treatment as listed in knowledge evidence; - present self, according to organisational policy, and; - provide aftercare advice and suggest complementary products and treatments to maintain client spa treatment objectives.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - state or territory and local health and hygiene regulations and requirements relevant to providing spa therapies; - organisation policies and procedures relevant to providing spa therapies; - legal and insurance liabilities and responsibilities regarding spa treatments; - scope of practice; - anatomy and physiology of the skin and body as they relate to spa therapies; - features, benefits and application of each type of wet and dry room spa therapies; - ingredients of organisation spa treatment products and their effect on skin; - contraindications that prevent or restrict treatment or require clearance from a medical professional to proceed and relationship to spa treatments; - adverse effects to spa treatments and products and appropriate remedial action; - basic nutrition and relationship to healthy skin and body; - mode of administration; - sustainable operating procedures for the conservation of product, water and power, and; - aftercare advice, products and future treatments relevant to spa therapies.

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