Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice has been designed to enable the student to perform individual routines for specific conditions, and to prepare the student to develop a standard of professionalism essential to a successful massage practice.
The student is taught how to carry out a standard full body massage, including neck, shoulder, and scalp massage. The form of massage taught comprises conventional massage techniques which affect superficial soft tissue of the skin and its surrounding structures.
These techniques taught and performed include a variety of manual applications such as stroking, effleurage, petrissage, friction, percussion and vibrational movements, stretching, compression, muscle grouping and joint movements.
Benefits of Massage
The following is a list of some of the conditions which can be improved through massage therapy: Stress, muscular pain, sports injuries, tension headaches, pre- and post-natal discomfort, tendonitis, Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, circulation problems, and repetitive strain injuries (RSI).
Students who complete this qualification are eligible to go on to Diploma of Remedial Massage and will receive credit transfer into Diploma of Aromatherapy and Diploma of Reflexology.
Students who complete this qualification are eligible to work as a qualified massage therapist, working in corporate massage, relaxation massage and seated massage.
Graduates of AAOWT may apply for membership with the following professional associations:
- Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS)
- Australian Association of Massage Therapists (AAMT)
- Association of Massage Therapies (AMT)
- Massage Association of Australia (MAA)
Structure of Qualification
For more information about this course or the individual unit outcomes, you can go to www.training.gov.au and search for training components.
This course requires a minimum of 200 hours of supervised clinic experience.
CHCCOM006 Establish and manage client relationships
Describes the skills and knowledge to establish and manage professional on-to-one relationships with clients in the context of providing an ongoing health service or intervention.
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
Describes the skills and knowledge required to work respectfully with people from diverse social and cultural groups and situations, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance
Describes the skills and knowledge required to research information about compliance and ethical practice responsibilities, and then develop and monitor policies and procedures to meet those responsibilities.
HLTAAP003 Analyse and respond to client health information
Describes the skills and knowledge required to analyse client health information and then to plan appropriate health services within scope of own role. It requires an in-depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology.
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
Describes the skills and knowledge required to provide a first aid response to a casualty.
HLTINF004 Manage the prevention and control of infection
Describes the skills and knowledge required to develop, implement and monitor infection prevention and control systems and procedures in work contexts where health and personal care services are provided.
HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety
Describes the skills and knowledge required to establish, maintain and evaluate work health and safety (WHS) policies, procedures and programs in the relevant work area, according to WHS legislative requirements.
HLTMSG001 Develop massage practice
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.
HLTMSG002 Assess client massage needs
Describes the skills and knowledge required to gather client information, make a physical assessment of the body and determine massage treatment options.
HLTMSG004 Provide massage treatments
Describes the skills and knowledge required to prepare for and provide massage treatments using a defined range of techniques and sequences.
BSBSMB404 Undertake small business planning
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
Describes the skills and knowledge required to evaluate and enhance own practice through a process of reflection and ongoing professional development.
HLTREF002 Provide reflexology for relaxation
Describes the skills and knowledge required to gather client information, prepare equipment for reflexology, make observations of the feet and then select and use basic reflexology techniques and sequences based on information and observations.
The information above is correct at the time of publishing. However, all programs may be subject to ongoing review by AAOWT to ensure compliance. For units being offered in any term/semester, contact AAOWT Program Support Team.