COS865 - Body Treatments

Outline info
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Subject Title
Body Treatments

Subject Description
Students are introduced to professional body treatments, client consultation and body care recommendations for clients. Basic aromatherapy and the study of the lymphatic drainage system, skeletal, muscular and endocrine systems as they pertain to body treatments performed by the Esthetician in a clinic/spa environment are covered.

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. Complete a client history card with the appropriate information.
  2. Recommend the appropriate treatments to clients.
  3. Professionally set-up the station/draping of client.
  4. Select products appropriate for specific body treatments.
  5. Perform dry brushing, cellulite/slimming treatment, back facial, body wrap, and basic relaxation massage.
  6. Identify contra-indications of each treatment.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of the lympathic, muscular, skeletal and endocrine systems as they pertain to esthetic body treatments.
  8. Recommend home care products and procedures to clients.
  9. Sales techniques.
  10. Project a professional image consistent with the spa environment.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

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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.

COS 810 Skin Theory, Analysis and Facial Procedures, COS 820 Basics of Esthetics, COS 830 Facial Massages/Masque Procedures, and COS 855 Specialized Skin Treatments. (COS 855 can be taken concurrently.) Students must present a valid Standard First Aid Certificate prior to Graduation.

It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the prerequisites are met.  If you do not have the required prerequisite subject (or have an advanced standing for the prerequisite subject) you will be asked to withdraw with the risk of academic and/or financial penalty. 

Topic Outline

  • Professional image
  • Tools, product and equipment for manual exfoliation
  • Use of brushing machine for the body
  • Dry glove exfoliation
  • Back facial
  • Cellulite / body treatment
  • Choosing essential oil specific to body treatment
  • Contra-indications specific to body treatment
  • Lymphatic / muscular / skeletal / endocrine systems / pertaining to esthetics
  • Client consultation
  • Sales

Mode of Instruction
Lectures, assignments,  videos, practical lab sessions.

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

Reference Material

Required Supplies
Kits/Lab Fees $75 (paid at time of registration).

Students will be required to provide their own Linens:

  • 1 Flat Bed Sheet
  • 1 Fitted Bed Sheet
  • Blanket
  • 4 small white towels
  • 2 large white towels
  • Products (distributed in class)
Lab coats and appropriate foot wear are also required

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
Term Work and Final Examination Requirements:
To pass this subject, students must achieve the learning outcomes specified in this subject outline.  This achievement is determined through the completion of all subject components.  Students must pass both term work and final exam or final assignment (if the final assignment is in lieu of the final exam) in order to pass the subject (minimum passing grade 55%).  If you are unable to complete the Final Exam/Assignment in this subject, you must provide documentation to support the absence to the instructor within one week.  If necessary, this information will be presented at the promotion meeting for consideration in determining and recommending the final grade.

If an assignment is missed due to class absence, any official documentation that might be grounds for arranging a make-up opportunity must be submitted to the faculty member on or before the next scheduled class.  Make-up opportunities do not apply to all graded assignments.

Test and Exam dates have been pre-arranged and are non-negotiable.  If a test/exam is missed, the student must provide official documentation to support the reason for the absence within one week to the instructor.  Make-up tests or exams will be granted for extenuating circumstances only and at the discretion of the faculty.  For further information on evaluation and academic standing, please refer to the Seneca College Academic Policy

Participation 10%
Practical Test (x2) 15%
Written Test (x2) 15%
Assignment 10%
Final Written Examination 25%
Final Practical Examination 25%
Total 100%

**  Test dates will be confirmed by the instructor.

The students will be expected to complete an in-depth research assignment of two professional body care lines currently on the market.  This is to be completed in typed form and handed in to the instructor.  (Date will be given in class)

The nature of this subject requires a high level of attendance and participation. Students are required to attend all classes and to be punctual.

** Please retain this document for future educational / employment use.

Student Success
Student Success:
Please come prepared to participate in class.  Make sure you bring your course text to each class, participate in class discussions, hand in any assigned work on time and attend each and every class.  Following these suggestions will increase your chances of success.

Approved by: Lisa Somers