Course Title: Provide massage treatments

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2019

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

Laura Yeomans

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. 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

Students will learn the elements of how to dress and massage table, draping a client in supine, prone and side lying.

Students will  be introduced to lotions , oils and balms that can used in the application of massage techniques.

Students will learn the fundamental hand skills that can be used to form a basic massage to all localized areas of the body.

Students will learn techniques on how to stand , move and mobilize their bodies to form good massage therapist ergonomics so they can have longevity within the industry

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 – Online quiz

Assessment Task 1 – Practical assessments

Assessment Tasks

Online Quiz-

Quiz 1 - History and Key features of the massage industry: Due 04/03/19 via Canvas


  • 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



    • Social responsibility – What challenges will your specific 3 groups face and how can you help overcome these challenges?

Quiz 2 –considerations for massage treatment & components of sustainable practice: Due 20/05/19 via Canvas


  • Contraindications
  • Endangerment sites
  • Potential reactions during treatment and how to respond
  • Acute and chronic inflammation
  • Stages of tissue repair & inflammatory response
  • Sustainable practice:
    • Economic – is there high demand for the massage services you have chosen to work with?
    • Environmental – How will you create goals to work within the environmental challenges we face as a society?
    • Human – How will you look after yourself when working within the industry and how will you professionally develop yourself?

Assessment task 2 - Practical assessments-


First Assesment - Due 1/04/19

  • You will be required to complete a sports massage within 30 minutes, demonstrating various massage techniques
  • You will make client notes and assess the client using LOOTRDIOOPS knowlege
  • You will massage the region required from the case study provided
  • You will be required to re- assess and offer any self help required from the case study notes   

Second Assessment- Due 03/06/19 -You will be required to complete a sports massage within 60 minutes, demonstrating required various massage techniques.

You will be required to show warm up techniques to a selected region of the body, you will then treat any affected muscles and on completion flush the area to complete the massage

You will demonstrate how to perform Active (AROM), Passive (PROM) and Resisted Range of Motion (RROM),You will demonstrate how to perform a PNF stretch/static stretch and provide a self-care stretch,

You will document your findings, re-test and document finding post treatment and discuss endangerment sites that maybe applicable.   

Assessment Matrix

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