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Therapeutic Massage & Relaxation Massage Scope of Practice

Relaxation Massage Scope of Practice Administered by Wellpark College of Natural Therapies Certificate of Relaxation Massage Students
May include:

  • Client health information gathering and assessment of client suitability to receive massage. This will incorporate subjective (questioning) and objective assessment (soft tissue palpation)
  • Develop with client an appropriate massage session plan
  • Relaxation massage applied in a safe, ethical and effective manner
  • Information regarding client’s post-massage
  • Maintain high levels of professional presentation and conduct at all times
  • Referral of a client to an appropriate health professional when necessary (i.e., when the client’s condition lies outside of the massage practitioner’s scope of practice)

 

Therapeutic Massage Scope of Practice  administered by Wellpark College of Natural Therapies Diploma of Therapeutic Massage Students and may include:

  • Client health information gathering and physical assessment of the client’s presenting conditions. This will incorporate subjective (questioning) and objective assessment (e.g., observation of posture, palpation, range of movement & other appropriate tests)
  • Develop with client an appropriate massage treatment plan
  • Massage therapy applied in a safe, ethical and effective manner
  • Massage treatment evaluation
  • Maintain high levels of professional presentation and conduct at all times
  • Referral of a client to an appropriate health professional when necessary (i.e., when the client’s condition lies outside of the massage practitioner’s scope of practice)

 

The Prema Clinic’s student massage practitioners will NOT:

  • Manipulate or make skeletal adjustments
  • Diagnose
  • Prescribe
  • Provide any other service, procedure or therapy

The Prema Clinic’s student massage practitioners are not permitted to treat:

  • Acute pain (not treated by Relaxation Certificate students, but may be treated by Therapeutic Diploma students if appropriate)
  • Acute infectious conditions associated with symptoms of fever, sneezing, coughing, diarrhoea or vomiting
    Severe cardiovascular conditions requiring medication
  • Clients taking anticoagulant medication (e.g., heparin or warfarin)
  • Any notifiable disease (as defined by the New Zealand Ministry of Health)
  • Malignancies or neoplasms, of any type (Relaxation Certificate students). May be treated by Therapeutic Diploma students if client has been cancer-free for at least 12 months and the client has explicit written approval from their licensed medical practitioner to receive massage as an adjunctive form of treatment.
  • Psychiatric conditions where psychosis is the diagnosed disorder
  • Any other contraindication for massage, or outside a Student’s scope of practice
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