Provide body treatments

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to perform a range of body treatments using various combinations of manual massage with electrical currents, exfoliation or body wraps according to a treatment plan.Body treatments are performed in response to a client consultation and assessment, conducted and recorded on a treatment plan. They involve the application of a combination of manual and other selected techniques which may include electrical currents, exfoliation and body wraps. This may involve a single treatment or a series of body treatments that have been designed to meet client requirements.The therapist performing the body treatment may or may not have designed the treatment, but is expected to access and interpret a treatment plan, explain the administration of the treatment to the client and adapt as required during the service in response to client reaction.


This unit applies to beauty therapy salon or spa environments and to beauty therapists exercising judgement in planning and selecting appropriate products, services, equipment and techniques.

Elements and Performance Criteria


Performance Criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

1 Prepare for body treatments.

1.1 Access and review client treatment plan.

1.2 Review and note contraindications resulting from changes to body condition and subsequent variations to treatment plan.

1.3 Offer advice to client regarding medical follow-up of contraindications tactfully and without reference to specific medical conditions.

1.4 Confirm treatment objectives and revised treatment plan with client and ensure consent.

1.5 Set up and monitor service area to meet workplace requirements.

1.6 Clean and maintain tools and equipment according to manufacturer instructions, workplace practice and health regulations.

1.7 Use energy, water and other resources efficiently during preparation and subsequent treatment process to reduce negative environmental impacts.

1.8 Explain factors that may prevent or restrict the treatment.

2 Manage body treatments.

2.1 Explain mode of administration and management of treatment to client where required.

2.2 Request client to monitor reactions and inform the operator as required.

2.3 Drape client to sequentially expose the treatment area while ensuring client comfort and modesty at all times.

2.4 Select body treatment products and electrical equipment according to treatment plan and treatment area.

2.5 Recognise reactions to treatment and respond if necessary.

2.6 Safely dispose of treatment waste to minimise negative environmental impacts.

3 Provide body treatments.

3.1 Ensure client is in a comfortable and relaxed position suitable for the treatment.

3.2 Apply body treatment products according to agreed treatment plan and following manufacturer instructions.

3.2 Apply body treatment products according to agreed treatment plan and following manufacturer instructions.

3.3 Apply brush treatments to perform desquamation of the epidermis where indicated by treatment plan.

3.4 Use direct current to perform iontophoresis of appropriate cellulite product to body parts according to manufacturer instructions and where indicated by treatment plan.

3.5 Use low frequency current to assist dispersal of mild oedema and cellulite according to manufacturer instructions and where indicated by treatment plan.

3.6 Select and apply equipment to stimulate circulation on the body or parts of the body according to manufacturer instructions and where indicated by treatment plan.

4 Review treatment and provide post-treatment advice.

4.1 Evaluate progress with client.

4.2 Explain potential post-treatment adverse effects to client.

4.3 Revise previous treatment and evaluate the need for ongoing or additional treatment.

4.4 Negotiate future treatment program with client to ensure optimal outcomes.

4.5 Provide home-care advice according to client needs.

4.6 Rebook client according to agreed treatment plan.

Required Skills

Required skills

The following skills must be assessed as part of this unit:

technical skills to:

recognise and respond to contraindications and adverse effects

interpret treatment plan and identify and adjust to changes in client's condition

prepare client for treatment according to treatment plan and workplace procedures

ensure treatment is provided, according to the individual, the condition and the presence of complicating factors

identify major bones and muscle groups through palpation

safely apply a defined range of electrical equipment and current levels according to agreed treatment plan

communication skills to:

seek feedback and respond to questions

provide information and reassurance to client throughout the service

literacy skills to:

read and apply relevant workplace documents and manufacturers' safety data sheets on electrical equipment

read, interpret and adjust treatment plans as appropriate

time-management skills to manage time throughout the body treatment.

Required knowledge

The following knowledge must be assessed as part of this unit:

relevant health and hygiene regulations and requirements

relevant occupational health and safety regulations and requirements

infection control procedures and application of universal precautions as they apply to the provision of a body treatment service

correct and environmentally sound disposal methods for all types of waste and in particular for hazardous substances

workplace policies and procedures in regard to manual and electrical body treatments

appearance of contraindications and adverse effects

factors likely to affect the suitability of each technique to client needs and the effects and benefits of each step in body treatments

skeletal and muscular system, including:

awareness of postural and skeletal abnormalities

muscle contractility and motor points

position and action of superficial muscles of the body in relation to body massage, including deltoid, biceps, triceps, brachialis, trapezius, latissimus dorsi, serratus anterior, pectorals, rectus abdominous, obliques, gluteals, hamstrings, quadriceps, sartorius, adductors, gastrocnemius, soleus, and tibialis anterior

nervous system and its relationship to skin sensations

lymphatic, digestive, respiratory, and circulatory systems and their relationship to skin function, including thermoregulation and homeostasis

categories of massage, motor points and reflex points

causes of skin reactions and allergies in regard to body treatments

principles and properties of electricity as they relate to body treatments

ethical and legal implications of the practice of massage.

Evidence Required

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

Evidence of the following is essential:

interpreting a treatment plan and making any adjustments required by variations in client's condition

preparing the service area and clients for body treatments

safely and effectively sequencing and applying body treatments, products and electrical equipment listed in range statement applied across a range of body treatment services

using time effectively

evaluating outcomes of body treatments and advising clients on future treatments

accurately and legibly recording relevant data on client treatment plans.

Context of and specific resources for assessment

Assessment must ensure:

that competency is consistently demonstrated over a period of time and observed by assessor or technical expert working in partnership with the assessor as described in the Assessment Guidelines

that the candidate demonstrates competency in the workplace or a simulated workplace environment in a range of real work situations which may include client interruptions and involvement in other related activities normally expected in the workplace.

Assessment must ensure access to:

an environment, which includes as a minimum access to:

individual client workstations

adjustable massage couch with safe working access for operator and equipment

electricity supply to each workstation

apprppriate supply of towels

client gown

client cover


magnifying lamp

direct and indirect current high frequency equipment

brush machine

steamer or vapourzone

a professional body treatments product range

appropriate cleaning and disinfection products and equipment

relevant workplace documentation including:

manufacturer's equipment instructions

product instructions

manufacturer safety data sheets

workplace policies and procedures manuals

a range of clients with different body treatment requirements.

For further guidance on the use of an appropriate simulated environment, refer to the Assessment Guidelines in this Training Package.

Methods of assessment

A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:

direct observation of learner performing a range of tasks in the workplace or a simulated work environment, over sufficient time to demonstrate handling of a range of contingencies, including:

preparing clients for body treatments

applying a range of manual massage techniques according to the treatment plan

using body treatment products

applying a range of electrical equipment and current levels according to the treatment plan and client feedback

providing post-treatment advice and making treatment recommendations to the client

written and oral questioning appropriate to the language and literacy level of the learner, to assess knowledge and understanding of:

appearance of contraindications and adverse effects

factors likely to affect the suitability of each technique to client needs, and effects and benefits of each step in body treatment

anatomy and physiology of the body as they relate to the provision of body treatments

categories of massage, motor points and reflex points

classifications, benefits and application of range of massage movements described in range statement

causes of skin reactions and allergies in regard to body treatments

principles and properties of electricity as they relate to body treatments

ethical and legal implications of the practice of body treatments

completion of workplace documentation relevant to providing body treatments

third-party reports from technical experts

completion of self-paced learning materials, including personal reflection and feedback from a trainer, workplace coach or supervisor.

Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended, for example:

SIBBCCS301A Apply the principles of skin biology to beauty treatments

SIBBCCS404A Work in a skin therapies framework

SIBBCCS405A Develop treatment plans

SIBBCCS406A Use electricity in beauty therapy treatments.

Range Statement

The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Treatment plan must include:

outcomes of previous treatments

relevant medical history

medications being used


massage techniques, including types, frequency and duration of movements

electrical treatments

tools and equipment selected.

Contraindications may include:

those which prevent body electrical treatment:

contagious skin diseases

dysfunction of nervous system

heart diseases and disorders


cancer-related treatments

recent scar tissue

undiagnosed lumps

inflammations and swellings

medications that cause thinning or inflammation of skin

those which restrict body electrical treatment:



high or low blood pressure

history of thrombosis or embolism

metal pins or plates




varicose veins


abrasions and bruises

recent dermabrasion or chemical peels

intense pulsed light (IPL) or laser and epilation.

Body condition may include:


poor muscle tone

sluggish circulation

uneven skin texture.

Clients may include:

new or regular clients with routine or special needs

female or male clients

people from a range of social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and with varying physical and mental abilities.

Treatment objectives may include:

improved skin and body condition

improved contour and muscle condition.

Factors that may prevent or restrict the treatment may include:

other medical treatment being undertaken


client's physical and psychological readiness or wellness

cultural factors

contraindications to treatment

planned post-massage activity.

Mode of administration may include:

exposure of sections of the body

rotating of exposure around the body

use of oils and treatments

requirement for feedback and interaction

massage technique

variations in application intensity

requirements of specific positioning of client.

Treatment area must include:







Body treatment products may include:


nourishing creams.

Electrical equipment must include:

high frequency - direct and indirect

brush machines

steamer or vapourzone


Electrical equipment may include:

micro current

low level intensity laser

low frequency neuromuscular electronic stimulator

heat blanket

infra-red lamp

ultraviolet light

mechanical massager.

Reactions may include:

pain or discomfort

verbal, tactile or visual feedback

muscular spasms

allergy or reactions to body oils or treatments

skin blemishes due to massage stimulation


temperature discomfort

joint sounds

client relaxation

emotional release.

Responses to reactions may include:

adjusting treatment accordingly

seeking appropriate expertise

discussing reaction with client

adhering to workplace guidelines for dealing with emergencies

accessing local emergency services.

Equipment to stimulate circulation may include:


high frequency

infra-red light therapy


vibratory apparatus

gyratory apparatus.

Post-treatment adverse effects may include:

erythema resulting from treatment, massage medium or skin care product

skin blemishes due to massage stimulation


allergic reactions of the skin or body to treatment or products

psychological reactions of client to the electrical current, treatment or product.

Future treatment program may include:

further body treatments

complementary treatments.

Home-care advice may include:

dietary habits

lifestyle advice.



Employability Skills

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Licensing Information

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