Course Title: Provide massage treatments

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2020

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: Laura Yeomans

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4289

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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 clustered with the following:

  • 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. Provide advice and resources to the client 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 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


Course Schedule -Class topics – D20F


Massage SPRT5103C - MSA1 NURS5361C




Navigating the body, Rectus Femoris


Vastus Lateralis, Vastus Intermedius, Vastus Medialis


Semimembranosus, Semitendinosus, Biceps Femoris


 Introduction to Canvas and class charter WHS in classroom-table set up -Introduction to effleurage




Practical Assessment 1.1:              Written task 15 minutes - Practical task to follow


Review Contraindications and endangerment sights. Introduction to petrissage and DIP/Frictions


Adductor Magnus, Adductor Longus


Gluteus Maximus, Gluteus Medius, Piriformis


Client History, Subjective interviewing, Back massage sequence, Glut sequence


Labour Day -NO Class


Quadratus Lumborum, Vertebrae


Review class, Reassessments


Practical Assessment 1.2:              Written task 15 minutes - Practical task to follow


Global assessment, introduction to AROM/PROM (Back Assessment)– Leg Massage (prone)


Tibialis Anterior, Peroneals


Gastrocnemius, Soleus, Psoas


Leg Massage Supine, Assessment of legs, Interscapular Massage


Erector Spinae Group


Review class, Reassessments


Assessment shoulder, shoulder massage


Practical Assessment 1.3:              Written task 15 minutes - Practical task to follow


Pectoralis Major, Pectoralis Minor, Rectus Abdominis


Assessment 3.1


Easter Monday -No Class


Trapezius, Latissimus Dorsi, Rhomboids


Review class, Reassessments


Practical Assessment 1.4:              Written task 15 minutes - Practical task to follow


Arm massage, introduction to sports massage


Anzac Day


Levator Scapulae, Teres Major, Deltoid


Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus, Teres Minor, Subscapularis


Review class, Reassessments


Pre-sports massage – simulated clinic


Practical Assessment 1.5:              Written task 15 minutes - Practical task to follow


Biceps Brachii, Triceps Brachii


Post – sports massage – simulated clinic


Temporalis, Masseter, Frontalis, Sternocleidomastoid


Review class, Reassessments


Case study treatments


Practical Assessment 1.6:              Written task 15 minutes - Practical task to follow


Brachioradialis, Extensor Carpi Radialis, Supinator


Case study treatments


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


Review class, Reassessments


Assessment 3.2


Practical Assessment 1.7:              Written task 15 minutes - Practical task to follow


Assessment Resit Period

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 – Practical assessments

Assessment Task 2 – Online quiz

Assessment Task 3 - Massage Practical Assessment

Assessment Task 4 - Clinic checklist

Assessment Tasks

  1. Practical Assessments (1.1 through 1.7)

There will be 7 assessments for this subject. These assessments will be conducted during class time and will assess your skills and knowledge of the muscles learnt in this class. The dates of these assessments are outlined on the above learning schedule.

Please note that there is allocated time in your review classes for any students who needs to complete re-sits for their previous assessment. If you do not attend this review class when you are required to complete a re-sit you must apply for special consideration, unless an alternate time has previously been arranged with your facilitator.


  • Practical Assessment 1.1         28th Feb 2020
  • Practical Assessment 1.2        20th March 2020
  • Practical Assessment 1.3          6th April 2020
  • Practical Assessment 1.4          1st May 2020
  • Practical Assessment 1.5          15th may 2020
  • Practical Assessment 1.6          29th May 2020
  • Practical Assessment 1.7         15th June 2020

            2.Online Quiz

You will be required to complete an online quiz on CANVAS. This must be completed satisfactorily by the 5th June 2020


          3.  Massage Practical Assessment (3.1 and 3..2)


  • Massage Practical Assessment 3.1              6th April 2020
  • Massage Practical Assessment 3.2             1st June 2020


           4. Clinic checklist assessment

This assessment will cover 6 treatments that students will complete with clinic practice during semester 1 & 2. Students will complete a full assessment treatment and reassessment . Student s are given 60 minutes to complete each treatment. Student will collect a copy of  the client history and initial intake form, de-identify  the form and keep it as evidence alongside the student assessment form completed by their clinic supervisor.

 You are required to complete a minimum of 40 treatments and 80 hours in the clinic and placement to be deemed satisfactory for this unit.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

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  re submission 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.


Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to

Course Overview: Access Course Overview