The London School of Sports Massage

More information about LSSM courses can be found by using the links below

More information about LSSM courses can be found by using the links below

More information about the LSSM can be found by using the links below

Vocational training in

Remedial Soft Tissue Therapy (more than 'just' Sports Massage)
BTEC Level 5

We train people to become complete therapists with the greatest career potential. Our therapists mainly treat clients who have musculoskeletal injury, pain or dysfunction caused by any of life's stresses and from all sectors of the community. Although sport is a common factor with many of our clients this is far from being the only thing we deal with.

Remedial Soft Tissue Therapy integrates three essential clinical elements.

Using a range of assessment methods to a) determine whether Soft Tissue Therapy is appropriate or make a suitable referral, or b) devise a suitable treatment plan for the individual client.

Using a range of soft tissue therapy techniques (including massage) to speed recovery from injury and improve the condition of the soft tissues.

Give advice on a range of remedial exercises and lifestyle factors aimed at improving recovery, preventing re-occurrence of injury as well as improve posture, performance and function.

Remedial= to offer a remedy to a problem.
Soft Tissues = the tissues directly involved in moving the skeleton, mainly muscles, tendons and ligaments.


Founded in 1989 LSSM was first to provide specialist training in Sport & Remedial Massage which has now evolved into Remedial Soft Tissue Therapy. We have remained the pioneer and leader in this field and done much to establish what is becoming a well-recognised discipline in modern healthcare.
With such a long history it is not surprising that the LSSM has the most experienced team of tutors who are at the very top of the profession. All our tutors (of practical subject) are highly experienced clinical therapists and our qualification has been improved over the years because of the way they have developed their own clinical skills and incorporated this into our training.

Almost all massage therapists are self-employed and work in the private sector of healthcare and our vocational training is centred round this. It enables therapists to safely and effectively treat clients from all walks of life, suffering a wide variety of musculoskeletal as well as medical conditions. This offers the therapist the greatest potential for success in a career that can be immensely satisfying and enjoyable.

About our courses:


Although designed to take students up to the entry level required for our main Diploma course, this workshop is open to anyone wanting to develop basic hands-on skills in general massage, which can be used on a recreational level with friends and family.

The weekend is very hand-on and you will learn how to apply good, safe and effective massage techniques over all the main areas of the body.

Venues: Regent's Park, Central London and Southampton.

Course fee £225 including VAT, handbook and certificate


BTEC Professional Diploma (Level 5)


a) Ideally, 4 GCSE's and 1 'A' level, or similar academic qualification.
b) A basic acceptable massage qualification OR an LSSM introductory massage certificate.
c) An active involvement in some sport, dance or exercise activity.

The course is made up of 12 weekend workshops (10:00 am to 5:00pm Saturday & Sunday), plus one examination day, spread over approximately one year (25 days total) . Home study and practice is required between the workshops, which are about one month apart. This allows plenty of time to practice and gain real experience of the techniques before new ones are introduced. As the course develops, students can relate the new information and techniques with the clinical experience they have already gained. The early part of the course becomes a solid foundation for the advanced techniques and subjects covered later.

Venues: Regent's Park, Central London and Southampton.

Fees: Total £2900/£2950 from Sept 2014


These short courses are designed to keep professional therapists up to date with the latest techniques & developments..

Courses available in

London & Southampton

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Regent's College in Regent's Park, Central London


LSSM continues to lead the way in developing a higher clinical level in the massage profession through the new book by Mel Cash (the Principal Tutor).

The LSSM has been instrumental in setting up the Institute of Sport & Remedial Massage ISRM which is the professional body promoting our needs and aspirations as clinical therapists. (see

Graduates can become full members of the ISRM which has an online register of therapists, continual professional development programme, and all the professional support a therapist needs, such as insurance etc. Through ISRM, members are eligible to register with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council CNHC which is the new government-backed regulator for the profession.

The LSSM operates the ISRM qualification which is externally validated by Edexel/BTEC (the national awarding body for professional education and training in the UK). It is highly respected in the UK and recognised in many other counties too.

Graduates receive:

BTEC Professional Diploma in Clinical Sport & Remedial Massage (Level 5) and LSSM Diploma in Sport & Remedial Massage.

Graduates can become full members of the ISRM which has an online register of therapists and a Continual Professional Development programme, plus all the necessary professional support a therapists needs, such as insurance etc. (see

Graduates are eligible to join the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council CNHC

LSSM is part of the Institute of
Sport & Remedial Massage

ISRM is on the Sport and Remedial Therapies
Council which is recognised by CNHC as the lead
body in the sector.

Our graduates can register with the
Complementary and Natural
Healthcare Council

The Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)
CNHC is the UK voluntary regulator for complementary healthcare practitioners that was set up with government support to protect the public by providing a UK voluntary register of complementary therapists. CNHC's register has been approved as an Accredited Voluntary Register by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.This means CNHC has met the PSA’s demanding standards. All CNHC registered practitioners are entitled to use CNHC’s quality mark which demonstrates a commitment to professionalism and high standards. The public and those who commission the services of complementary healthcare practitioners can choose with confidence, by looking for the CNHC quality mark.

CNHC has agreed that ISRMmay verify applications for CNHC registration.
To find out more about the CNHC visit 


London School of Sports Massage
28 Station Parade
Willesden Green
London NW2 4NX

Main Office hours: 10am-2pm, Monday - Friday
Tel: +44 (0)20 8452 8855 - 0208 452 8855 T
Fax: +44 (0)20 8452 4524 - 0208 452 4524 F


Seeing Hands

The ISRM is delighted to be involved with Seeing Hands Nepal, which is a charity training blind people in Nepal to give 'western' style massage to tourist/trekkers. Instead of living in extreme poverty, dependent on their family or forced to beg, the first few therapists are now earning money. (And giving a good massage service to tired trekkers too.)
ISRM is helping in the design and delivery of an effective training programme and training volunteer tutors. 

This really is a wonderful project and we hope you will take time to look on their website to find out more. [click here]


The London School of Sports Massage