About the LSSM

Formed in 1989 the London School of Sports Massage was the first school in the UK to provide specialist training in Sports Massage with appropriate external validation. Our Diploma course has now evolved into more advanced training in Soft Tissue Therapy. As in past years LSSM continues to lead the profession and be instrumental in establishing higher clinical standards in the field.

With such a long history it is not surprising that the LSSM boasts the most experienced team of tutors all of which are at the pinnacle of the profession. All our core tutors are highly experienced clinical therapists and have helped raise the standards of our qualification over the years by incorporating their own clinical skills into the curriculum. Our tutors have been working together as a team for many years and all teach with great passion, enthusiasm and humour.

Almost all Soft Tissue therapists in the UK are self-employed and work in the private sector of healthcare and our vocational training is aimed at making this highly achievable. We train therapists safely and effectively to treat clients from all walks of life, presenting a wide range of musculoskeletal as well as medical issues. Our training offers therapists the greatest potential for success with an immensely satisfying and enjoyable career.

As pioneers and leaders of the profession for over 25 years LSSM now offers vocational Soft Tissue therapy training to a new higher level of clinical practice:

BTEC Level 5 Professional Diploma in

At the LSSM we train people to become complete therapists with the best career potential. Soft Tissue Therapists treat clients who have musculoskeletal injury, pain or dysfunction caused by any of life's stresses and from all walks of life. Although sport can be a common factor with many of our clients symptoms, this is far from being the main issue we deal with.

Soft Tissue Therapy integrates three essential clinical elements:

Applying a range of assessment methods to determine whether Soft Tissue Therapy is appropriate and devise a suitable treatment plan for the individual client.

Applying a range of soft tissue techniques (including massage) to aid recovery from injury and improve soft tissue condition and joint mobility.

Offering advice on a range of remedial exercises and lifestyle factors aimed at speeding up recovery, preventing injury recurrence as well as improving posture, performance and function.

The London School of Sports Massage (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 www.theisrm.com)

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 Soft Tissue Therapy (Level 5) and LSSM Diploma in Soft Tissue Therapy.

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 www.theisrm.com)

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