15 credits at level HE4
The module is designed to introduce, reinforce and develop body massage skills as well as introducing you to Indian Head Massage skills. You will acquire knowledge and skills to be able to assess clients with varying needs and devise treatment plans to enhance their overall well-being. In addition, you will study the professional and ethical issues relating to massage therapy and how your working practice must meet the National Occupational Standards (N.O.S). Completion of this module does not give you a licence to practice massage therapies, however evidence from this unit can be used towards a qualification in massage.
• Theory of massage therapies: history and philosophy of massage therapy; massage techniques; potential physical, physiological and psychological benefits of massage (both short and long term, after effects, possible benefits and risks); Swedish massage and Indian Head Massage techniques; ethical, professional and safety issues relating to practice; contra-indications, contra-actions and cautions to treatment; consultation techniques and treatment planning; adaptations to treatment; aftercare advice; liaising and working with healthcare practitioners; factors affecting treatment (e.g., gender, culture, religion, age, disabilities).
• Professional practice: consultation techniques and treatment planning; development of Swedish massage and Indian Head Massage movements; postural analysis and defects; body types; tactile and thermal testing; skin analysis; adaptations to treatment; complying with health and safety legislation; National Occupational Standards (NOS) for massage; maintaining appropriate records; effective client handling and client care; professional conduct (e.g., working within the limits of your competence, maintaining client confidentiality).
• Professionalism: maintaining appropriate health and safety, legal and ethical standards including adhering to relevant codes of practice and standards.
• Evidence-based research in massage therapy
• Reflective Practice: Case history taking; professional clinical practice; treatment evaluation; development of reflective practice skills.
Study and academic skills: research skills; reading academic literature; reflecting on, and evaluating, practice.
Transferable skills and understanding: communication skills including active listening and questioning; diversity; working with others, ICT.
You will learn through a variety of methods including lecture, practical demonstrations, practical work in the college salon, group activities, tutorials and class-based activities. You will be assessed through (i) an assignment and (ii) the development of a work practice portfolio containing records of observations made of your practical work and your discussions, and your reflective case studies.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Have explored ancient and modern history of massage therapy and its role in society today.||
1.1 Research the origins and development of body massage and Indian head massage from ancient times to modern day.
1.2 Explain how the development of the National Occupational Standards has influenced massage therapy to date.
|2.||Have understood potential effects of body massage therapy, and Indian head massage therapy, and factors that may affect or restrict treatment.||
2.1 Describe potential physical, psychological and physiological benefits, risks and side effects (including contra-actions) of body massage therapy and Indian head massage.
2.2 Explain contra-indications and contra-actions that would prevent or restrict body massage and Indian head massage treatments and the appropriate action to take in specific cases.
2.3 Research and describe the effects of a variety of massage techniques for the head and the body and explain when each technique would be used.
|3.||Have demonstrated effective communication and consultation skills, and the technical knowledge and understanding required to perform a full consultation with clients.||
3.1 Demonstrate effective communication and consultation skills in the consultation process during working practice.
3.2 Conduct a range of consultations with a variety of clients in a professional manner, investigate and assess clients’ needs accurately, and formulate suitable treatment plans to meet their needs.
3.3 Apply ethical and professional standards when undertaking consultations with clients and explain how these standards have been applied.
|4.||Have conducted physical analyses of clients, planned treatments accordingly and made recommendations to enhance the well-being of clients.||
4.1 Conduct a physical analysis of clients correctly, incorporating posture, body and skin types, and accurately record the findings of the assessment.
4.2 Devise suitable treatment plans based on the visual, verbal and postural analysis of the client.
4.3 Make realistic recommendations, tailored to clients’ needs, to enhance the wellbeing of clients (this is to include home care advice).
|5.||Have demonstrated effective massage techniques and maintained accurate client records.||
5.1 Perform body and Indian head massage techniques in line with National Occupational Standards, and correctly adapt techniques to meet varying clients’ needs and explain how you have done this.
5.2 Adhere to health and safety legislation whilst undertaking your professional practice and explain how you have done this.
5.3 Implement an ethical approach to practice and explain how you have taken an ethical approach when working with clients.
5.4 Complete client records correctly and ensure they are appropriately maintained to meet legal requirements (e.g. contra-indications, and contra-actions, details of treatments, feedback from the client, any adverse effects from treatment and a disclaimer).
|6.||Have reflected on your professional practice and identified ways to improve your practice.||
6.1 Reflect upon your performance, identifying strengths and weaknesses, and identifying how you can improve your working practices.
6.2 Evaluate the treatment plans you have devised and the treatments you have provided for clients and discuss how they could be improved.
|7.||Have demonstrated academic skills at level 4.||
7.1 Demonstrate the following in your assessed work:
(i) appropriate structure and good presentation;
(ii) correct use of English (e.g., grammar, punctuation, spelling, style);
(iii) correct use of Harvard referencing;
(iv) theoretical knowledge appropriate to level 4.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Assignment 1,600 words||Work practice portfolio containing: Records of observations made of your practical work and your discussions (L.O. 3,4,5) Reflective case studies (L.O. 6,7)|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Andrade, C. and Clifford, P. (2008) Outcome-based massage: from evidence to practice, 2nd ed. Baltimore, MD: Walters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Gould, F. (2002) Indian head massage. Cheltenham: Nelson Thornes
Gould, F. (2004) Body massage for holistic therapists. Cheltenham: Nelson
Grant Jewell, R. (2002) Massage Therapy: The Evidence for Practice Mosby. Illinois
Holey, E. and Cook, E. (2003) Evidence-based Therapeutic Massage. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone
McGuinness, H. (2004) Indian head massage, 2nd Ed. London: Hodder & Stoughton
Rosser, M. (2004) Body Massage: Therapy Basics, 2nd Ed. London: Hodder Arnold
General Council for Massage Therapy http://www.gcmt.org.uk/
General Regulatory Council for Complementary Therapists http://www.grcct.org/
Skills for Health http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/about-us.aspx
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