Fundamentals of Massage

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Fundamentals of Massage

This course is aimed at the person wishing to learn the basics of massage therapy and setting up a massage practice as a business but does not equip you to work as trained professional. The learning you gain here forms a fundamental part of the Certificate and Diploma courses.

$395.00 GST Included






3-6 months

Delivery Mode

Online and Remote


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Course Modules

This module provides you with a description of skills and knowledge to establish and manage professional one-to-one relationships with clients in the context of providing an ongoing health service or intervention.

This module applies to community services or health workers who have defined responsibilities to work independently with clients within broad but established guidelines.

The core sections to this module are:

  1. Establish professional relationship with the client
  2. Manage client interactions
  3. Provide effective responses to client enquiries

This module covers the following key elements of learning:

  • legal and ethical considerations for establishing and managing client relationships and how these are applied:
  • modes and techniques for effective communication
  • role of motivational interviewing during client interactions to facilitate:
  • techniques for motivational interviewing:
  • barriers and influences on communication and ways to respond:
  • techniques for dealing with difficult communication situations:
  • types of information that may be provided to clients as relevant:

Understanding how to market a small business or any business is critical to its success. Knowing who your customer is, where they are and why they would buy your product or service are some of the fundamentals of building a marketing plan.

The core sections to this module are:

  1. Develop marketing strategies
  2. Determine a marketing mix for the business
  3. Implement marketing strategies
  4. Monitor and improve marketing performance

This module covers the following key elements of learning:  

  • Determine objectives of the business plan, including marketing activity focus
  • Evaluate customer base
  • Understand what is ethically and culturally appropriate
  • Determine a marketing mix according to market and business needs
  • Determine marketing strategies, including briefing appropriate personnel on their responsibilities
  • Monitor and evaluate activities and performance, and correct performance gaps
  • Consult and communicate effectively with relevant people
  • Research and monitor ongoing changes and improvements

This module provides you with a description of the the skills and knowledge required to prepare for and provide massage treatments using a defined range of techniques and sequences.

The core sections to this module are:

  1. Prepare client for treatment
  2. Use massage techniques and sequences
  3. Monitor treatment
  4. Provide advice and resources to the client

This module covers the following key elements of learning

  • massage techniques and how to apply them
  • endangerment sites, where they are and the limitations of touching these depending on scope of practice:
  • potential reactions during treatment and how to respond:
  • potential reactions following treatment and appropriate client advice to provide
  • methods of monitoring treatment progress:
  • types of advice and resources that can be provided to clients for their use outside the clinical environment
  • documentation requirements for recording treatment details

Developing your massage practice requires a broad range of knowledge that creates a sound foundation upon which to build your business. It is an exciting and important aspect of your practice.

The core sections to this module are:

  1. Establish foundations of massage practice
  2. Represent the massage framework
  3. Determine requirements for sustainable massage practice
  4. Develop approach to own practice

This module covers the following key elements of learning

  • historical development of massage
  • different types of sports massage treatments and their key features and purpose, including the difference between relaxation, therapeutic, sports and remedial massage
  • key features of complementary therapies used in conjunction with massage
  • key features of allied health services and their relationship to massage
  • place of massage practice in the broader health care system
  • professional massage networks and industry bodies
  • different models of professional massage practice and their employment opportunities
  • components of sustainable practice:
  • legal and ethical considerations (national and state/territory) and how these are applied in individual practice:
  • work health and safety

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