Course Title: Provide massage treatment

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: SPRT5094C

Course Title: Provide massage treatment

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4319 - Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice

Course Contact: Joshua Davies

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4294

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

André Martin
Contact Phone: 9925 8367
Contact Email:

Sonny Shoduri
Contact Phone: 9925 4212
Contact Email:


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




Course Description

This course 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:

HLTREM406C 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

All class learning materials, notes and other key learning resources can be accessed via myRMIT at
A combination of activities will support student’s learning in this course, such as:
• Face-to-face &/or online lectures to cover theoretical and practical concepts for each topic in the course
• Students will learn to apply their skills and knowledge to work integrated learning (WIL) in the student & clinical practice environment, during simulations and classroom based learning
• Work experience &/or placements observation of performance in the workplace will be a valuable part of your learning experience
• Tutorial activities (individually and in teams) to discuss, debate, critique and consolidate your ideas and extend your understanding around key concepts within specific topics
• Online discussions and activities to support and collaborate with other students in your course and debate and discuss ideas
• Utilise and develop critical research and cognitive skills to find credible sources of health information
• Self-directed study time (eg. readings or activities around theory) to enhance and strengthen your knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts
• To further facilitate learning students are strongly encouraged to use a range of communication tools between themselves and their course instructor as well as between themselves and fellow students by using the online learning platform
• It is strongly recommended that students partner up with fellow students in order to practice assessment, treatment and palpation techniques

Teaching Schedule


Massage 1 – Relaxation  Massage






AM Session


PM Session







Basic massage techniques, their benefits, the effects of massage therapy and contraindications for massage. Setting up for massage and selecting oils.


Indications for massage, Allied Health Practitioners, case study activity and investigation activity. Relaxation massage techniques: Back and buttock sequence.








Revision of previous session’s content. Practicing back and buttock massage sequence, history taking - ASTER.








Demonstration of relaxation massage: Posterior & anterior leg massage sequences. Discuss timing of massage sequences.








eAlth Traing and mock clinic



Practicing putting sequences together: back, buttock, posterior & anterior legs. Demonstration of chest massage sequence




Putting it all together: back, buttock, posterior & anterior legs. Students are to practice performing all massage sequences to date.


Demonstration of relaxation massage: Foot, arm and hand massage sequences.









Demonstration of relaxation massage: neck and shoulders routine.


Putting it all together: Students to practice all massage sequences to date.




Pregnancy and massage. Demonstration of relaxation massage: Face and scalp







Stretching workshop. Discussion of practical exam - assessment criteria









  Massage 2 – Therapeutic  Massage



AM Session


Subject outline and expectations. Definition of Therapeutic Massage principles and the history & philosophy of particular sequence taught

Practitioner Self Care

Demo of FB Therapeutic sequence


Therapeutic Massage sequence – back


back revised

Therapeutic Massage sequence – back of legs


Back & back of legs revised

Therapeutic Massage sequence - turnaround + front of legs + feet  & stomach


turnaround + front of legs + feet & stomach revised 

Therapeutic Massage sequence arms, head, neck & shoulder


Full body Therapeutic Massage sequence revised

Assessment practice – full body therapeutic sequence


Assessment practice – full body therapeutic sequence


Assessment: Full body therapeutic sequence

 Massage 3 – Sports  Massage




PM Session


-       Introduction to subject, the sports medicine team, the components of basic sports massage.


-       Basic pre-event sports massage techniques and sequence -  their benefits, the effects of massage therapy and contraindications for massage

-       ­PNF stretch


-       Post-Event massage and training massage techniques


-       Post-Event massage and training massage techniques contd. Including MFTT and stretching


-       Training Massage – Introduction to trigger points – Back, neck & shoulders


-       Training Massage – Arms & legs


-       Putting it all together: pre-event and training massage sequences and techniques. Students are to practice performing all massage sequences to date.


 Practical Assessment: Demonstration Sports Massage Sequence




Public Holidays
Labour Day Holiday 9 March
Easter Break            2 - 8 Apr
Queens Birthday      8 Jun

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Biel, A 2005 Trail guide to the body, 3rd edn, Books of Discovery, CO, USA



Other Resources

Overview of Learning Resources

Students will be expected to utilise a range of recent and appropriate library, electronic, text and other resources.
Students will be provided with resources and tools for leaning in this course through myRMIT.
Readings given in class times and relevant literature as it comes to hand are important in order to maintain an up to date knowledge of the industry.

As part of your enrolment into this program you will be required to purchase the following additional materials. You will be required to bring these materials to EACH class. Failure to bring these items to class will result in you not be able to participate. Please ensure that you bring:


2 x Bath Sheets

1 x Bath Towel (for use as your pillow)

2 x Hand Towels

It will be necessary to practise techniques in your own time between classes. It is imperative that you pair up with a "study-buddy" or two as it becomes obvious who has, and who has not practised. For this purpose, we highly recommend that you purchase a portable massage table.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course forms part of the Cert IV in Massage Therapy Practice.
Assessment is typically based around written and/or online tests, assignments, reflective journals, evidence portfolio’s, logbooks and/or practical demonstrations.
Assessment may also take place in a simulated work situation such as a supervised student clinic.
Competency based training requires the student to be in attendance in order for assessment to be undertaken.
Assessment is undertaken through successful completion of all assessment activities and classroom, project & industry participation.
Assessments are spaced across the duration of the course, in order for your teacher to provide you with progressive feedback.
Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
An RMIT assessment charter ( summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document, the Assessment policies and procedures manual (;ID=ln1kd66y87rc).

Assessment Tasks

Attendance and participation:
Competency based training requires the student to be in attendance in order for assessment to be undertaken.
Final assessment in this course is a combination of a number of "formative" assessments.
To achieve competency in this course students need to successfully complete and achieve sufficiency in ALL of these formative assessments.
Please refer to RMIT’s assessment policy for more details: (unresolved)
Should a student be unable to attend an assessment or require an extension to a due date please refer to the following webpage:

Direct credit transfer and RPL:
Direct credit transfer is available to students who have already completed the same or similar courses. Recognition of prior learning is available to students who have relevant prior skills or experience. Please refer to;ID=8u7jborsx9dy (unresolved)

Work submitted for assessment:
Assessments that require work to be submitted must be handed in by the due date designated by the course instructor.
Details of the due date for each assessment item are included in this course guide and are in the Course Schedule in myRMIT (Blackboard).
Students are expected to prepare all assignments and other written work in a professional manner. More information on general academic study and writing skills can be found on the “Learning Lab”
All work submitted for assessment must be submitted electronically.
Harvard style is used for all referencing and for bibliography.
Care must be taken to reference all work correctly and to avoid plagiarism. Be sure not to plagiarise unintentionally.
Students must keep a copy of all submitted assessments including electronic copies.

Penalties for late submission:
All assignments will be marked as if submitted on time then the mark awarded will be reduced by 10% for each day (or part of a day) it is late, unless an extension is approved.
Assignments that are late will not be marked and will be awarded zero marks (unless prior extension has been requested and approved. Please refer to

Assessment Result Information:
All students will receive a CA (Competentency Achieved for the assessment), an NYC (Not Yet Competent for the assessment) or a DNS (Did Not Submit for the assessment).
Students must receive CA grades for all assessments in order to receive an overall competent mark for the course.

This course is subdivided into the following course topics which are assessed as follows:

Massage 1 - Relaxation Massage:   Demonstration of a one-hour full body relaxation massage in RMIT week 15. Assessment is based on time management, posture, draping, bolster positioning, order of sequence using the basic massage strokes taught during the semester.

Massage 2 - Therapeutic Massage:  Demonstration of a one-hour full body sequenced massage in RMIT week 23. Assessment is based on sequence, demonstration of therapeutic techniques, time management, posture, draping, bolster positioning, order of sequence taught during the semester.

Massage 3 - Sports Massage :  During RMIT weeks 16 to 23, students are required to participate in all classroom activities including taking turns as a model for the demonstration of the massage techniques. Students will be observed on their practising of the techniques as demonstrated.

In addition to the above assessments, students will be required to demonstrate the practical application of theoretical concepts learnt in the student clinic. The practical components of this course will deal with the underpinning knowledge required in muscular nomenclature referred to as Musculoskeletal Anatomy. There will be several oral assessments where students must palpate and explain the locations and actions of muscles. In addition, students may show competency in practical massage courses by practicing and then demonstrating their required knowledge and skills to their peers or on their course instructor. Instructors will use a checklist and identify skills and knowledge as the student demonstrates massage therapy techniques over time. Once students are deemed competent in their massage techniques they will practice their skills on clients or fellow students in a simulated clinic. This course will strongly emphasise the business and communication aspects of other courses within this program.

In order to gain competency in this course, students must complete ALL pieces of assessment AND receive S (Satisfactory) grades for all assessments.

Assessment Matrix

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