What is Soft Tissue Therapy

Soft Tissue Therapy has evolved over the last 30 years through the work of a small group of pioneering therapists who kept increasing their clinical skills so they could meet the needs of their clients better. And those needs have also changed because Physiotherapy in the UK no longer includes the hands-on techniques that Soft Tissue Therapists now specialise in.

Soft Tissue Therapy is emerging as the only one using this range of hands-on skills which have proved so effective in treating people with minor and chronic pain and injury, for a very long time. Everyone gets these aches and pains during their lifetime and so the carer and income potential for Soft Tissue Therapists is great.

BTEC Level 5 Soft Tissue Therapy Diploma at LSSM

12 weekend workshops spread over approximately one year (Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm, each about a month apart) combining theory and practical subjects with closely supervised classroom practice.

Video Library

Students have unlimited access to our online Video Library which has over 50 videos, all exclusive to us, which cover all aspects of our course.

All practical hands-on techniques are still taught in the classroom with supervision and guidance from highly experienced tutors because we know that this is the only effective way to teach them properly. The videos provide additional support to the classroom experience and do not replace any classes.

Home study and practice

To devote as much time as we can to the practical hands-on training in the classroom, most of the underpinning theory and knowledge is taught through online written assignments. There is a lot to know but our assignments have been very carefully designed to make it as easy as possible to learn. All questions have guidance notes with resources and references to help find the information needed and tutors are available to give extra support if necessary.

There are 4 assignments and although they have recommended hand-in dates, because we want them to be done well rather than rushed we always allow extra time. It may take the average student about 4-5 hours per week to complete it all on time but some students can sometimes take up to a year after the practical exam to complete all the written assignments.

100 practice treatments outside the classroom (on average about 2 treatments per week). You start by treating friends and family, then as your skill, knowledge and confidence grows, your friends and family start to recommend you to their friends and family. In this way your client base increases as you progress so by the end of the course you should already have enough clients to start your professional practice with.

Start earning after 6 months 
Certificate of competence awarded after 6 months (with successful completion of course assessments and assignments at this stage) enabling you to work and earn money doing Sport & Therapeutic massage.

3 Case Studies to be completed towards the end of the course.

1 Practical exam at the end of the course.

Assessment of knowledge and understanding

We have a unique online assignment system which allows students to improve and resubmit answers they may have received a low mark for. We also have a series of short tests during the course. Our marking procedure are audited annually by BTEC and achieve the necessary academic assessment criteria without requiring a theory exam at the end of the course.


The LSSM has a no discrimination policy & students with disabilities are welcome to apply.

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Prices & Syllabus

Payment Option 1

£650 Deposit (non-refundable)
£2,500 Balance 4 weeks before the course
start date or full payment within 4 weeks.

Total £3,150

Payment Option 2
Budget Payment Scheme

£375 Deposit (non-refundable)
17 Monthly payments of £175 starting from
the first month of the course.

Total £3,350

Fees include VAT, BTEC registration, exams, certification and one-year's student membership of the ISRM.

Students on the LSSM Diploma course get free ISRM student membership through which they can obtain
student insurance to practice (click here to visit Balens)


As the pioneer of Soft Tissue Therapy and leader of the industry we are continually developing our training to better meet the needs of our clients. Through this journey we have learned that clinical success involves more than just the individual techniques we use. So Soft Tissue Therapy is an approach to musculoskeletal care and not a stand alone set of manual techniques.

Soft Tissue Therapy is a Person Centred Approach to the Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitation of minor and chronic musculoskeletal injuries and pain. 

Soft Tissue Therapy is an interplay between Therapeutic Alliance, Hands-on techniques and Movement-based Rehabilitation all within a Biopsychosocial Framework of care. 

Although this has always been an underlying concept behind the ISRM training programme we have now formalised it with three newly featured topics of Underpinning Theory.

Underpinning Theory
  • Evidence Based Practice principles (new)
  • The Biopsychosocial model of pain and person centred care (new)
  • Pain neurophysiology (new) 
  • Functional anatomy 
  • Musculoskeletal physiology
  • Exercise physiology
  • Pathology of injury
  • Contraindications & Red Flags
  • Acute Injury procedures
  • Injury scenarios
  • Case Studies
  • General anatomy (Blood, circulation, CV system, skin, nervous system, respiration, digestion)
  • Business and practice development
  • Comprehensive Consultation process
  • Objective & Subjective Assessment 
  • Muscle/tendon injuries Assessment 
  • Joint injuries Assessment 
  • Posture Assessment 
  • Functional movement Assessment 
  • Clinical Reasoning Process
  • Therapeutic and Relaxing Massage
  • Remedial Massage for different types of injuries and pain 
  • Sports massage 
  • Injury treatment strategies  
  • Scar Tissue management 
  • Neuromuscular Techniques
  • Soft Tissue Release Technique
  • Muscle Energy Techniques (integrating Post Isometric Relaxation and Reciprocal Inhibition methods)
  • Myofascial techniques
  • Positional Release technique
  • Treatment for medical symptoms including cancer
  • Principles of rehabilitation
  • Management of acute injury
  • Post-acute to return to activity rehabilitation
  • Remedial exercises
  • Mobility Exercises
  • Joint stability training 
  • Exercise compliance
  • Training and Active lifestyle advice

The successful student will receive diplomas from LSSM, ISRM and BTEC. The qualification is recognised nationally and in some other countries as well. It enables therapists to practice independently as a professional Soft Tissue Therapist and obtain full Professional Indemnity insurance. It also entitles you to become a full member of ISRM as well as other professional bodies.

What you get with LSSM:

  • High tutor to staff ratio
  • The most highly qualified and experience tutors who are all successful therapists and teach with great knowledge, passion, enthusiasm and humour. The principal tutor is Mel Cash, author of 4 internationally renowned textbooks on massage and Soft Tissue Therapy
  • Excellent premises and equipment
  • Guided home study assignment - Online
  • Extensive online video library covering the lectures and practical topics of the qualification, plus more in-depth topics which go beyond the course requirements for more advanced knowledge.
  • BTEC registration, exam and certification fees all included
  • ISRM student membership
  • Long-term career support through our own professional association ISRM
  • 10% discount on Premium membership at Kenhub - a superb Anatomy resource (via your ISRM membership).
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance (
  • Event work opportunities via the ISRM
  • Totum Card (optional) discount on a wide range of products and services
  • 10% discount on Marshcouch products (
  • 10% discount on Physique products, (
  • 10% Rehab My Patient (


Benefits and discounts available to ISRM students and qualified members from

Marshcouch         Balens     Physique     Rehab my Patient         Kenhub

Sports Injury FIX - ISRM Members get a 20% discount                     Medbridge



  • Ideally, 4 GCSE's and 1 'A' level, or a similar level of high-school education
  • Must have a basic acceptable massage qualification OR an LSSM introductory massage certificate
  • Ideally, an active involvement in some sport, dance or exercise activity
  • minimum of 18 years-old.

Venues: Regent's University in Central London and Southampton.



 ☆☆☆☆☆ - review for BTEC Level 5 in Soft Tissue Therapy London Diploma Course
"I finished my course with you yesterday and I just wanted to thank you for allowing me to be part of such a great learning experience. I have loved every minute of the course and have learnt so much. I also wanted to thank your team of tutors who have been absolutely fantastic. It really has been a pleasure to learn from the best. I will miss my monthly trips into London but your course has given me the confidence I needed to strive to be one of the best Soft Tissue Therapists out there, and I feel really proud to have been taught by the LSSM. Thank you again, you’ve all been amazing!" Lisa - London

☆☆☆☆☆ - review for BTEC Level 5 in Soft Tissue Therapy London Diploma Course
"Thank you once again for the priceless teachings you gave me. Looking forward to doing some more advanced CPD in the future with you." Alessandro - London

 ☆☆☆☆☆ - review for BTEC Level 5 in Soft Tissue Therapy London Diploma Course
"Massive thanks for a wonderful exam weekend and a really enjoyable year. It's been inspiring and fulfilling and I've loved every second. Thank you to you and all the tutors who have shared their incredible knowledge with us." Johnathan (40 years old) - London

 ☆☆☆☆☆ - review for BTEC Level 5 in Soft Tissue Therapy London Diploma Course
“Can I just take this opportunity to say how much I am enjoying the course. I have found it really informative, great fun and the tutors have made it really engaging. I decided to do the course so that I can have a career change (it's my mid-life crisis) and I am so pleased that I did. I am meeting some really interesting people and getting some good results. I can’t wait to start working professionally and making some money!!” Pete – London

 ☆☆☆☆☆  - review for BTEC Level 5 in Soft Tissue Therapy London Diploma Course
“I can hand on heart say I have had outstanding teaching and knowledge. Thank you so much for getting me through! Please pass on my gratitude to all the tutors and supporting staff.” Louise – London

 ☆☆☆☆☆  - review for BTEC Level 5 in Soft Tissue Therapy London Diploma Course
“I completed my course with LSSM several years ago. It's honestly the best thing I ever did, I have my own Practice now, and have several LSSM Therapists working with me. This course is outstanding, thank you Mel, and everyone who created such a wonderful learning experience.” D.T. (36 years old) – London

 ☆☆☆☆☆  - review for BTEC Level 5 in Soft Tissue Therapy London Diploma Course
“This course is absolutely top quality. I loved every minute of my studies and all the course tutors are superb. Their passion and knowledge in the field is incredible and this qualification will open many doors. You are not just learning massage, you are learning how to treat and prevent soft tissue injuries. I qualified just over a month ago and already feel my career is taking off. I work 1 day a week at a clinic and 3 days for myself. I am so Happy I chose to study at LSSM and will be returning soon for further CPD courses.” P.M. (32 years old) – London

 ☆☆☆☆☆  - review for BTEC Level 5 in Soft Tissue Therapy London Diploma Course
“This is the place to learn Soft Tissue Therapy, the tutors are all very skilled and passionate, the courses are second to none. I have just recently completed the course and my business is building up already. A big cheers to Mel and all at LSSM!! Kevan (50 years old) – Essex

 ☆☆☆☆☆  - review for BTEC Level 5 in Soft Tissue Therapy London Diploma Course
“Thank you, Mel and all the tutors, for being a great support throughout the whole course and sharing your best knowledge with us.” Zoltan (42 years old) – London

 ☆☆☆☆☆  - review for BTEC Level 5 in Soft Tissue Therapy London Diploma Course
“Just wanted to write and say a massive thank you to Mel and team for a wonderful experience on the course.  Whilst tough, it was so full of learning and was an amazing journey that I am so pleased I made.” John (52 years old) – Suffolk

 ☆☆☆☆☆  - review for BTEC Level 5 in Soft Tissue Therapy London Diploma Course
“I thoroughly enjoyed the previous session on posture assessment. The lecturers taught the information perfectly with a good balance of invaluable knowledge and humour. I came away very inspired. Today was also excellent, (Mary's second session on STR). Both Anna and Gisele complimented her leadership style and extensive knowledge of STR. Mel has a wonderful mix of very talented teachers. This combined with wide and varied content provides a demanding but enjoyable course.” Ruth (42 years old) – Kent

 ☆☆☆☆☆  - review for BTEC Level 5 in Soft Tissue Therapy London Diploma Course
“I've really enjoyed the learning experience and have found it to be one of the best delivered most professional courses I've ever done. It's great to be able to apply what I'm learning every day to better help the people I train.” Sean (44 years old) – London

 ☆☆☆☆☆  - review for BTEC Level 5 in Soft Tissue Therapy London Diploma Course
“I completed this course and would 100% recommend it! I travelled from Birmingham each time and it was definitely worth it! the quality of the teaching was ace! And even the administration team (particularly Vaneeka) helped and supported me, too! 100% worth every penny!!” Shan (26 years old) – Birmingham

 ☆☆☆☆☆  - review for BTEC Level 5 in Soft Tissue Therapy London Diploma Course
"I am so glad that I chose the LSSM Diploma Course for my qualification. The course includes a fantastic set of techniques that are excellent building blocks for a successful career. The skills I learned are highly effective and client focussed, I developed hands on skills I don't believe I would have anywhere else. The LSSM Diploma Course is far more than a "massage" course. It is a foundation for a successful career treating musculoskeletal pain and imbalance." Ashley (35 years old) - London

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