Course Title: Develop massage practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 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

Tel: 03 9925 4289

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


Class & Activities




·         House-keeping

·         Class charter

o   what is expected in class

o   Attendance

o   Subject requirements

o   Clinic hours and files

·         Review of canvas shells

·         How to set up a massage table and cubicle (WHS/INF Standards)

·         How to assist and place a client on the massage table in prone and supine (WHS standards)




·         Contraindications and Endangerment sights

·         Introduction to

o   Effleurage

o   Petrissage

o   Frictions

o   Stripping tissue

o   DIP (Digital ischemic pressure)

o   Knuckle Frictions

o   Gliding Frictions



·         Introduction to LOOTRADIOOPS

·         Class participation of LOOTRADIOOPS

o   Client History Form

o   Initial Intake Form



·         Basic Global assessment

·         Introduction to AROM/PROM/RROM

·         Introduction to assessment of the back (Tx/Lx Flex)

·         Introduction to back massage sequence



·         Introduction to assessment of legs prone & supine (prone knee bend, SLR)

·         Introduction to leg massage sequence prone & supine

·         Sports turning technique from prone to supine



·         Introduction of interscapular sequence

·         Introduction of Glut sequence

·         Review of LOOTRADIOOPS and initial assessment forms


·         Practical assessment

·         4.1A – assessment

·         4.1B – assessment

·         To be timetabled



·         Mid semester break


·         Introduction of shoulder assessment (Flex, abd)

·         Introduction of Shoulder massage

·         Introduction of arm assessment (elbow flex, wrist flex and ext)

·         Introduction of arm massage



Sports Massage


Sports Massage, Review contraindications


Introduction to Trigger points and DIP


Trigger points to the: Thigh and pelvis


Trigger points to the: Spine and Thorax


Trigger points to the: Shoulder/Arm


WIL prep (SEDA)


·         Practical assessment

o   4.2A – assessment

o   4.2B – assessment

·         To be timetabled



WIL prep (SEDA)


·         Practical assessment

o   4.2A – assessment

o   4.2B – assessment

·         To be timetabled


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 29/07/2019


  • 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 21/10/2019

  • 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 28/10/2019f

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

Other Information

Important information regarding Assessment Tasks:


You are permitted to have a maximum of 2 resubmissions for this course. However each individual assessment may only be resubmitted once. 

Resubmissions are not automatic and will only be approved at the discretion of the Program Coordinator, after consultation with the teacher.

All students will be contacted with 7 days by their course coordinator in regards to  resubmission completion dates.


Please note an opportunity to repeat clinical placement is not guaranteed and will be at the discretion of the Clinical Coordinator/Program Manager.



If due to illness or other unforeseen circumstance, you are unable to attend on the due date of an assessment (e.g. test, examination, oral, etc.) OR you do attend, but your performance has been affected, you may submit an APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL CONSIDERATION within 5 working days of the due date. If Special Consideration is granted, you will be given the opportunity to complete/repeat the assessment task at a later date. For advice on this application please visit or speak to your Program Coordinator.
If due to illness or other unforeseen circumstance, you are unable to submit by the due date (e.g. assignment, report, project etc.):
you may submit an APPLICATION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME FOR SUBMISSION OF ASSESSABLE WORK for an extension of time of up to seven (7) calendar days or less. This must be lodged with the Program Coordinator 1 working day before the original due date. If granted, you will have the opportunity to submit up to 7 days later than the original due date. For advice on this application please visit or speak to your Program Coordinator.

Where an extension of greater than seven days is needed, you must apply for SPECIAL CONSIDERATION. 

If you require further information please contact your teacher or Program Coordinator.


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