SHBBSPA004 - Provide Indian head massages for relaxation

Unit code: SHBBSPA004 | Study level: TAFE
City Campus
City King St
Footscray Nicholson
Footscray Park


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.


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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.

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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