Course Title: Develop massage practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2019

Course Code: EMPL7096C

Course Title: Develop massage practice

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

Laura Yeomans

Nominal Hours: 40

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 will  be co-delivered with the following courses:

  • HLTMSG002/NURS5361 Assess client massage needs
  • HLTMSG004/SPRT5103C Provide massage treatments

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to establish the foundations of massage practice, evaluate what makes a sustainable practice and then to develop an approach to own practice.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTMSG001 Develop massage practice


1. Establish foundations of massage practice

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify, access and interpret information on the central philosophies of massage practice 1.2 Evaluate the massage system of treatment and its application to current health issues 1.3 Compare and contrast massage, other complementary health modalities and broader health practice


2. Represent the massage framework

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Determine information needs of different individuals and groups 2.2 Identify key messages that represent the philosophy and practice of massage 2.3 Communicate information about massage at level of depth appropriate to audience needs


3. Determine requirements for sustainable massage practice

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify key issues that affect the development and sustainability of professional practice 3.2 Identify economic, environmental, human and social considerations, and their impact on professional practice 3.3 Establish a personal health strategy that supports massage practice 3.4 Access, interpret and collate current information that supports professional practice


4. Develop approach to own practice

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Reflect on professional goals and aspirations 4.2 Identify and assess professional opportunities in massage 4.3 Reflect on the opportunities and constraints of individual personal circumstances 4.4 Make decisions about practice direction, based on reflection and research 4.5 Develop practical strategies that address own practice goals

Learning Outcomes

Please refer to the Elements of Competency.

Details of Learning Activities

Students will learn the history of massage  and be introduced to the various styles of massage available within the industry today.

Students will look at how the are are integral part of the Allied Health system . They will understand how they fit within the chain of practitioners in regards to referrals and working collaboratively with other Allied Health industries

Teaching Schedule

Develop massage practice                                                                                                           HLTMSG001/EMPL7096C

Assess client massage needs                                                                                                       HLTMGS002/NURS5361C

Provide massage treatments                                                                                                       HLTMSG004/SPRT5103C


Class & Activities




House-keeping, assignments, Massage techniques on Anterior leg

Contraindications, Endangerment sites, Massage sequence: Posterior leg


Subjective assessment, Review of Leg massage addition of trigger points


Range of Motion testing (AROM, PROM, RROM), Objective assessment, Massage sequence: full back Quiz 1 Due




Massage sequence: anterior shoulder, seated neck, arms inclusion of trigger points


Massage sequence Lower Back, Interscapula inclusion of trigger points Personal Reflection 1 due


Review of Subjective, Objective, ROM testing and massage practice for Clinic Preparation,  Practical Assessment to be completed


Sports Massage theory, massage: sports related techniques


Pre-event massage theory and practical treatment for all areas using sports techniques and timings – case studies provided for practice




Post-event massage theory and practical treatment for all areas , timing techniques


Stretching: static, dynamic, PNF Introduction to AX/RX


Inflammation and stages of repair, Introduction to AX/RX


Hot and cold application, massage: Introduction to AX/RX Quiz 2 Due


AX/RX how to incorporate it into treatment plans  


Final sports massage assessment Personal Reflection 2  due




Re-sits if required

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

To be deemed competent you must demonstrate an understanding of all aspects required of the competency. Assessment methods have been designed to measure your achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks.

Assessment task 1 - A personal reflection

Assessment Task 2 - An online quiz 

Assessment Task 3 - A review of your personal reflection

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1 - A Personal Reflection due 25/03/19

  • Identify three populations within Remedial Massage that you would be interested in working in once you are qualified (eg. athletes, oncology, general population).
  • Choose one of these populations and outline the most common types of treatment you think most suitable.
  • Develop goals and aspirations for treating this population.
  • Give an example of how your goals and aspirations align with the values and philosophies of Remedial massage.
  • Give one example for each of these three populations the possible employment opportunities you could undertake in these areas.


Understanding of what is required to be a remedial massage therapist is vital to be successful. During this assessment, you will be asked to reflect on current goals and aspirations you have for working in the Remedial Massage industry

Assessment 2 - Online Quiz- History and Key Features of the Massage Industry - Due 04/03/19

  • The values and philosophies of massage therapy and their historical development 
  • Definitions of reflexology & aromatherapy
  • The key features of the following health services and their relationship to remedial massage:
    • Physiotherapy
    • Osteopathy
    • Chiropractic
    • Exercise physiology
    • Dietetics
    • Naturopathy
  • The role of remedial massage within modern Australian society
  • Professional industry bodies that represent Remedial Massage and the role they play        within the massage industry

Assessment 3 - Review of you Personal Reflection - Due 03/06/19

Understanding of what is required to be a remedial massage therapist is vital to be successful. During this assessment, you will be asked to reflect on previous goals and aspirations completed during Part A – Personal Reflection. You will be asked a series of questions that will allow you to reflect on your goals and aspirations within the allied health industry

Assessment Matrix

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