Course Title: Provide massage treatment

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: SPRT5058C

Course Title: Provide massage treatment

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4208 - Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice

Course Contact: Priya Atkinson

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4212

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Meghan Ambrens
+61 3 9925 4289

Nominal Hours: 240

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

This course is delivered concurrently with the following units of competency:
HLTREM407B    Plan Massage Treatment
HLTREM502B    Provide Remedial Massage Treatment
HLTREM 503B    Plan Remedial Massage Treatment Strategy

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to administer client basic massage treatment according to the philosophy and practices of a massage therapy framework.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTREM406B Provide massage treatment


1.    Manage treatment 

Performance Criteria:

1.1    Explain factors which may interfere with the effectiveness of the treatment
1.2    Explain the mode of administration and management of the treatment to the client
1.3    Request client to monitor reactions and contact practitioner as required
1.4    Ensure consent for treatment
1.5    Drape client to expose only the part of the body being worked on
1.6    Provide massage according to the treatment plan
1.7    Recognise reactions to treatment and promptly respond if necessary
1.8    Explain time, location and content of future sessions clearly to the client
1.9    Document recommendations


2.    Apply massage techniques 

Performance Criteria:

2.1    Apply massage techniques according to the treatment plan
2.2    Ensure massage treatment is consistent with legislative and regulatory requirements
2.3    Vary mode of administration appropriately
2.4    Adjust massage treatment according to individual client needs and reactions and the presence of complicating factors
2.5    Observe and respond appropriately to client reactions 


3.    Advise and resource the client 

Performance Criteria:

3.1    Answer client queries with clarity, using the appropriate language
3.2    Use honesty and integrity when explaining treatment plans and recommendations to the client
3.3    Use appropriate interpersonal skills when explaining treatment plans and recommendations to the client
3.4    Promote client independence and responsibility in treatment wherever possible


4.    Review treatment  

Performance Criteria:

4.1    Evaluate progress with the client
4.2    Identify and record effects of previous treatment
4.3    Review previous treatment plan
4.4    Evaluate need for ongoing and/or additional treatment
4.5    Negotiate changes to the plan with the client to ensure optimal outcomes 

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

This unit is delivered in the subject cluster: Remedial Massage Treatment.  Students will have regular face to face practical skills classes, as well as some online and work-based learning activities.  

Teaching Schedule

This unit is delivered in the subject cluster: Remedial Massage Treatment.  The following lesson schedule shows face to face classes for this subject:

9/2/11Introduction to Massage10/2/11Relaxation Massage
16/2/11The Sports Trainer17/2/11Relaxation Massage
22/2/11Relaxation Massage24/2/11Relaxation Massage Assessment
1/3/11Posterior Leg Treatment 13/3/11Posterior Leg Treatment 2
8/3/11Posterior Leg Treatment 310/3/11Anterior Leg Treatment 1
15/3/11Anterior Leg Treatment 217/3/11Treating the Back 1
22/3/11Treating the Back 224/3/11Parascapular Muscles 1
29/3/11Parascapular Muscles 231/3/11Practical Assessment of Leg & Back Massage
5/4/11Glenohumeral Joint 17/4/11Glenohumeral Joint 2
12/4/11Treating the Neck 114/4/11Treating the Neck 2
19/4/11Study Break28/4/11Study Break
3/5/11Treating the Forearm 15/5/11Treating the Forearm 2
10/5/11Practical Assessment of Upper Body Massage12/5/11Stretching  Workshop
17/5/11Friction Massage19/5/11Myofascial Trigger Points
24/5/11Myofascial Tension Technique26/5/11Practical Assessment of Thermal Therapies
31/5/11Cupping Therapy2/6/11Case Studies

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Learning materials for this unit are available on the learning hub, in the subject folder "Remedial Massage Treatment".
From time to time you will be asked to access other resources, including websites and journals. Information on these additional resources will be published on the learning hub.
Students are also required to bring 2 large towels with them to each class.  All other supplies will be provided. 

Overview of Assessment

Primary assessment involves on-going practical and applied assessment in a clinical workplace or simulated environment designed to assist the learner to integrate skills and knowledge.  Learners may also be required to demonstrate competency through completion of a range of assessments including;  quizzes, practical demonstration, submission of learning and assessment guide and assignments. Achieving competency in each assessment is required to achieve competency for the unit.

Assessment Tasks


  • This unit is assessed in conjunction with others in the subject Remedial Massage Treatment.  
  • In order to successfully complete this unit, you must be assessed as competent for each the of the assessment items detailed below.
  • Complete details, including assessment criteria, for each of the assessment tasks outlined below will be provided on the learning hub.
Task 1: Progressive Practical Assessments:
There will be 3 cert IV Practical Assessments that assess your ability to apply the skills and knowledge learned in class. These assessments will be grouped into specific regions of the body as studied in class. Dates are outlined in the teaching schedule.

Task 2: Case Study Practical Assessment:
At the end of each semester you will complete a practical case study assessment, where you will be assessed in a simulated clinic environment. You will be assessed on your ability to provide a complete initial consultation based on a simulation of a common client presentation.

Task 3: Thermal Therapies Practical Report:
At the end of semester 1 you will complete a practical class on thermal therapies. You will be required to complete the practical and write a report on your findings.

Task 4: Patient Quota:
Whilst in clinic you are required to provide massage treatments to your peers.  Each student is required to competently treat a minimum of 5 patients by the end of their last rostered clinic shift for semester 1, 2011.

Assessment Matrix

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