This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to provide full body massages with hot and cold stones.  It requires the ability to establish priorities with clients, and synthesise knowledge of anatomy and physiology, skin science and lifestyle factors to select pre-heated stones, design massage and provide the treatment. Stone massage therapy can be an individual treatment or form part of a series of treatments.

This unit applies to beauty and spa therapists who work in day, destination and resort spas and beauty salons. In this environment they work in a team but are responsible for individual client recommendations and treatment.

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 plans to provide six safe and appropriate stone therapy massages for clients of differing height, weight and age; - design, record and update treatment plans and records for each client using correct anatomical terminology; - maintain temperature of stones to suit each client's temperature tolerance; - sequence stone therapy routine to maximise benefits for each client; - adapt massage routine to stone therapy and each client needs; - present self, according to organisational policy, and; - comply with health and hygiene regulations and requirements.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - state or territory and local health and hygiene regulations and requirements relevant to providing stone therapy massages; - organisational policies and procedures relevant to providing stone therapy massages; - legal and insurance liabilities and responsibilities regarding stone therapy massages; - scope of practice; - factors likely to affect suitability of treatments for client needs; - effects and benefits of: each type of massage movement and technique; each type of stone; variations in stone temperature; stone placement and sequencing; - effects of stone therapy on body systems; - common disorders of body systems and their relationship to stone therapy massage; - 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; - gross skin anatomy and physiology and differences in skin depending on body location; - role of skin; - skin as a sense organ; - history of stone therapy massage; - properties of different materials for stones; - contraindications that prevent or restrict treatment or require clearance from a medical professional to proceed and relationship to stone therapy massage; - 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 future treatments to maintain client stone therapy massage objectives.

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