Course Title: Provide massage treatments

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2018

Course Code: SPRT5103C

Course Title: Provide massage treatments

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5357 - Diploma of Remedial Massage

Course Contact: Joshua Davies

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4333

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Sonny Shoduri

9925 4212



This unit of competency is co-delivered with:



Nominal Hours: 150

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 unit of competency is co-delivered with the following:

  • HLTMSG001/EMPL7096C Develop massage practice and
  • HLTMSG002/NURS5361C Assess client massage needs

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to prepare for and provide massage treatments using a defined range of techniques and sequences. This unit applies to massage therapists providing general health maintenance treatments. It does not include remedial massage techniques.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTMSG004 Provide massage treatments


1. Prepare client for treatment

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Clearly outline how the treatment will be provided and managed based on assessment and agreed treatment approach

1.2 Explain factors which may interfere with the effectiveness of the treatment

1.3 Inform the client of possible physical or emotional reactions during and following a session, and the appropriate course of action to take

1.4 Follow established protocols to physically prepare the client for treatment

1.5 Confirm client consent for treatment


2. Use massage techniques and sequences

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Determine treatment sequence, location and degree of pressure according to assessment indications and scope of practice

2.2 Position client to optimise comfort and support while allowing for effective application of techniques

2.3 Maintain client dignity through use of draping

2.4 Maintain therapist postures that ensure a controlled distribution of body weight

2.5 Maintain client-focused attention throughout session

2.6 Adjust treatment techniques and pressure based on client feedback


3. Monitor treatment

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Use the condition and response of the client during treatment as feedback to the initial assessment

3.2 Use established massage assessment frameworks

3.3 Recognise reactions to treatment and respond promptly if necessary

3.4 Seek feedback during and after treatment, and evaluate need for ongoing or additional treatment, including referral to other health services


4. Provide advice and resources to the client

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Provide client education in relation to self care

4.2 Answer client queries with clarity, using appropriate language

4.3 Provide accurate details of treatment plans, schedules and recommendations to the client

4.4 Clearly document treatment details and recommendations made

Learning Outcomes

Please refer to the Elements of Competency.

Details of Learning Activities

All class learning materials, notes and other key learning resources can be accessed via myRMIT


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


• 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

Develop massage practice                                                                                                           HLTMSG001/EMPL7096C

Assess client massage needs                                                                                                       HLTMGS002/NURS5361C

Provide massage treatments                                                                                                       HLTMSG004/SPRT5103C


Class & Activities

5th Feb


12th Feb

House-keeping, assignments, Massage techniques on Anterior leg

19th Feb

Contraindications, Endangerment sites, Massage sequence: Posterior leg

26th Feb

Subjective assessment, Review of Leg massage

5th Mar

Objective assessment, Massage sequence: full back

12th Mar


19th Mar

Range of Motion testing (AROM, PROM, RROM), Massage sequence: anterior shoulder

26th Mar

Review of Subjective, Objective, ROM testing and massage practice for Clinic Preparation

2nd April

Mid Semester Break

9th Apr

Sports Massage theory, massage: sports related techniques

16th Apr

Pre-event massage theory and practical treatment for legs

23rd Apr

Post-event massage theory and practical treatment for legs

30th Apr

Stretching: static, dynamic, PNF

7th May

Inflammation and stages of repair, Review of shoulder massage

14th May

Hot and cold application, massage: arms and face

21st May

Sport massage mock assessment   

28th May

Final sports massage assessment

4th June

Sports massage re-sits

11th June


                                 Group A                                        Monday 1.30-3.30* & Friday 9.30-12.30



Class Topics

5th Feb

No Class - Orientation

9th Feb

Navigating the body, Rectus Femoris

12th Feb

Vastus Lateralis, Vastus Intermedius, Vastus Medialis                        *1.30-4.30pm

16th Feb

Semimembranosus, Semitendinosus, Biceps Femoris

19th Feb

Review                                                                                                  *1.30-4.30pm

23rd Feb

Assessment 1:                 Written task 1.30pm-1.45pm        Practical task to follow

26th Feb

Adductor Magnus, Adductor Longus

2nd March

Gluteus Maximus, Gluteus Medius, Piriformis

5th March

Quadratus Lumborum, Vertebrae

9th March


12th March

No Class : Labour Day

16th March

Assessment 2:                 Written task 1.30pm-1.45pm        Practical task to follow

19th March

Tibialis Anterior, Peroneals

23rd March

Gastrocnemius, Soleus, Psoas

26th March

Erector Spinae Group

30th March

No Class : Good Friday

2nd – 6th April

Mid Semester Break

9th April


13th April

Assessment 3:                 Written task 1.30pm-1.45pm        Practical task to follow

16th April

Pectoralis Major, Pectoralis Minor, Rectus Abdominis

20th April

Trapezius, Latissimus Dorsi, Rhomboids

23rd April


27th April

Assessment 4:                 Written task 1.30pm-1.45pm        Practical task to follow

30th April

 Levator Scapulae, Teres Major, Deltoid

4th May

Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus, Teres Minor, Subscapularis

7th May


11th May

Assessment 5:                 Written task 1.30pm-1.45pm        Practical task to follow

14th May

Biceps Brachii, Triceps Brachii

18th May

Temporalis, Masseter, Frontalis, Sternocleidomastoid

21st May


25th May

Assessment 6:                 Written task 1.30pm-1.45pm        Practical task to follow

28th May

Brachioradialis, Extensor Carpi Radialis, Supinator

1st June

Flexor Carpi Radialus, Flexor Carpi Ulnaris, Palmaris Longus, Pronator Teres

4th June


8th June

Assessment 7:                 Written task 1.30pm-1.45pm        Practical task to follow

11th June

No Class : Queens Birthday

15th June

Assessment Resit Period

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Tasks

1. Clinic manual logs.


2. Sport Massage Practical Assessment

Assessment Tasks

Provide Massage Treatments - HLTMSG004/SPRT5103C

All of the following assessments are related to the above units


Clinic manual logs:  Due by 15th June 2018 - must be completed in clinic before this date

During clinic in semester 1 you will be required to satisfy the requirements set out within the clinic manual. For further information please refer to your clinic manual located in your student folder.


Sport Massage Practical Assessment:  Due 28th May 2018

  • You will be required to complete a sports massage within 30 minutes, demonstrating various massage techniques, how to perform Active (AROM), Passive (PROM) and Resisted Range of Motion (RROM), how to perform a PNF stretch and provide a self-care stretch, document your findings, re-test and document finding post treatment and discuss endangerment sites.   


Assessment Matrix

Course Overview: Access Course Overview