Course Title: Provide massage treatments

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2021

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

Nicola Guy

Ashlee Weber

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:

  • 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 classes 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


Class & Activities – On Campus – Recorded class


Introduction to Massage -seated massage- Setting up a clinical space, ergonomics, and hygiene in preparation for treatment


Introduction to basic hand skills -What are contraindications within a massage setting and how to remain safe within the clinical setting


Back massage skills -Endangerment sites within the body and how to best avoid these areas


Leg massage skills - Potential reactions to treatment and how to approach these reactions


Review of back, leg skills – pulling the treatments together (inclusion of Gluts)


Neck and Shoulder skills – treatment options for both areas


Pectorals, arms treatments – When to include in a treatment




Interscapular treatment


Introduction to case studies creating treatments


Tapotement skills – when to use and how to apply


Case study treatments


Case study treatments – including heat and ice within a treatment


Case study treatments


Assessment 1


Assessment 3 commencement


Assessment 3 commencement

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 – Massage Practical assessments

Assessment Task 2 –Short question knowledge assessment

Assessment Task 3 - Clinic Practical Assessment


Assessment Tasks

Assessment task 1: Massage practical refer to Canvas course shell for due date

This practical assessment in massage requires each student to demonstrate practical knowledge taught through weeks 1-16 of class. The aim of this assessment is to demonstrate how a treatment plan can be put together including treatment, to effectively deliver a massage treatment.


Assessment task 2: Short question knowledge refer to Canvas course shell for due date

This written assessment is to consolidate your learning from class. Student will demonstrate when responding to the short answers their knowledge-based skills that complement the practical skills required for this unit


Assessment task 3: Clinic practical refer to Canvas course shell for due 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.


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.

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