COS830 - Facial Massage/Masque Procedures

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Subject Title
Facial Massage/Masque Procedures

Subject Description
This subject introduces students to the techniques for facial massage and masque procedures as well as the study of the lymphatic system. Theory classes cover the history of massage. Various types of facial massages techniques are introduced. Basic aromatherapy and uses of essential oils are intergrated during facial.

Credit Status
This is a required credit in the Esthetics Certificate Program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Locate the superficial lymph nodes of the face, neck and body that relate to esthetic treatments.

2. Identify contra-indications to specific facial procedures.

3. Use the vacuum suction machine for cleansing and lymphatic drainage purposes during a facial procedure.

4. Incorporating high frequency machine during a facial.

5. Select, apply and remove masks using proper procedures during a facial treatment utilizing knowledge of ingredients and effects of specialized treatment masks.

6. Perform professional facial massage movements and understand the benefits and contra-indications.

7. Choose the correct essential oils for the client's skin type and understand their benefits when used during a facial treatment.

8. Project a professional image.

9. Sales techniques.

Cheating and Plagiarism
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

COS810 and COS820
Students must obtain current First Aid certificate prior to graduation.

Students should consult the Program Information Package each semester to ensure they have current information regarding program requirements. Packages are available from the Continuing Education Office. 

Topic Outline
1.  Study of the lymphatic system
2.  Study of muscles
3.  History of massage
4.  Types of massage and movements
5.  Use of masks during a facial procedure
6.  Benefits of facial massage
7.  Contra-indications for performing massage
8.  Vacuum machine
9.  Introduction to aromatherapy
10.  Sales techniques
11.  Professional image

Mode of Instruction
Lectures, Tests, Practical Lab Sessions

Prescribed Texts
Professional Beauty Therapy, The Official Guide To Level 3; Lorraine Nordmann; Cengage Learning

Reference Material

Required Supplies
Students are required to provide their own linens for this course:
1 Flat Bed Sheet
1 Fitted Bed Sheet
2 Large Towels
4 Small Towels

Students are required to wear lab coats and comportable shoes.

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
As stated in Academic Policy, a student must successfully complete all major segments of a subject in order to earn a passing grade. Students who have not passed the term work may not be permitted to write the final examination. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of Academic Policy, available at Seneca registration offices.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Assignment 10%
Practical in-class tests (2 x 10%) 20%
Tests (2 x 10%) 20%
Final Written Examination 25%
Final Practical Examination 25%

(the nature of this subject requires a high level of attendance and participation - students are required to attend all classes and to be punctual)

No student will be eligible to graduate with a Seneca College certificate or diploma if, in more than 30% of the subjects required for graduation, the student has received a "D" grade.

Approved by: Lisa Somers