This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to provide Indian head massage as part of a spa program.  It requires the ability to consult with clients, plan massage routine and massage arms, neck, shoulders, scalp and face. Indian head massage 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 operate with some level of autonomy or under limited supervision.

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 plans to provide six safe and appropriate Indian head massages for different clients; - provide Indian head massage to treat each of the following areas as appropriate to the above clients: arms, face, neck, primary chakra areas, scalp and shoulders; - design, record and update treatment plans and records for each client using correct anatomical terminology and specifying details of: client feedback, contraindications and conditions; massage routines, outcomes of previous and current treatment; post treatment lifestyle and product advice; products used; recommended future treatments; relevant medical history and medication; treatment duration, areas treated and areas not treated; treatment objectives; - design and provide treatment routines that demonstrate appropriate selection, application and modification of the following massage movements: effleurage; petrissage; Marma point; tapotement; vibration; - 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 massage treatments; - organisational policies and procedures relevant to providing massage treatments; - legal and insurance liabilities and responsibilities regarding treatments; - scope of practice; - factors likely to affect suitability of treatments for client needs; - history, origins, and traditions of Indian head massage; - features, benefits and effects of Indian head massage; - principles of body, mind and spiritual wellness; - basic aspects of Ayurveda and Ayurvedic bodywork; - Marma points application/major chakra areas as they relate to Indian head massage; - benefits of continuous treatments; - effects and benefits of Indian head massage on body systems; - common disorders of body systems and their relationship to Indian head massage; - contraindications that prevent or restrict treatment or require clearance from a Medical professional to proceed and relationship to Indian head treatments; - adverse effects to Indian Head massage and appropriate remedial action; - lifestyle factors and benefits of lifestyle changes; - sustainable operating procedures for the conservation of product, water and power, and; aftercare advice, products and future treatments to maintain client objectives.

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