PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD
The person credited with this unit standard is able to prepare their workstation and client for a back and neck massage. They are able to record required information and assess the skin and underlying structures in order to perform the message. Learners will be able to perform and manage the massage on the back and neck according set standards.
The qualifying learner is able to:
Prepare the workstation for a relaxing back and neck massage according to organisational and hygienic requirements.
Assess client requirements.
Prepare the area to be treated.
Perform and manage a relaxing massage on the back and neck.
Provide after care service.
LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING
Learners assessing this qualification will have demonstrated competence in:
Communication Skills at NQF Level 3.
Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3.
UNIT STANDARD RANGE
Client confirmation can be verbal or written.
A basic hygiene procedure includes the personal cleanliness, sanitation of tools, equipment, plinth/chair, area and trolley.
Appropriate positioning of client includes raising/lower the head and bolstering knees.
Client comfort includes positioning, temperature, relaxation, lighting and noise levels.
Contra-indications include sunburn, cuts and abrasions, swelling, inflamed or infected areas, pregnant women, injury and unknown abnormality in underlying structures.
Precautions include bruises and recent operations.
Receiving the client will include supply with appropriate protective clothing and positioning them comfortably.
Lifestyle includes occupation, exercise, stress levels and leisure activities.