12 weekend workshops 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.

Home study and practice

This is a BTEC level 5 qualification which is equivalent to a university under-graduate level of education. It has to provide you with a very high level of skill and knowledge to enable you to become a professional clinical therapist who can effectively assess and treat injuries. This cannot be compared to Level 3 or 4 qualifications which only teach you how to do a massage treatment and do not require such in-depth study. This is why we cannot run short intensive courses because it is not possible for the average student to complete all the essential home study in a shorter time.

We know from over 30 years of experience that the most talented and successful therapists we have trained are not always so strong in academic study. In fact, we have often found that those with the greatest hands-on skills also have learning issues such as Dyslexia. Being aware of this we have carefully designed the home study assignments to still be achievable to less academic students, or if English is not their first language. Our assignment markers are trained to make allowances for those with learning difficulties.

4 written assignments. These can be done from anywhere using our online system. The average student should allow about 5 hours a week to complete them on time and get high marks. Although we make allowances for non-English students and those with learning difficulties all assignments must be completed in English. We provide guidance and advice on how to achieve good results and offer extra help and support if necessary. We also allow students plenty of extra time to complete the assignment if they need it.

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.

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

Theory exam and 1 Practical exam at the end of the course. Again we make allowances and provide special facilities for non-English students or those with learning issues.

Our Ref: Location:
LS 33F Central London
Jul 2nd, 2022
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LS 34SA Southampton
Sep 3rd, 2022
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LS 34A Central London
Sep 10th, 2022
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LS 34B Central London
Nov 5th, 2022
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This ISRM qualification is also available at other centres around the UK

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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

£650 Deposit (non-refundable)
12 Monthly payments of £225 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
  • FREE Premium membership at Kenhub - a superb Anatomy resource (via your ISRM Rembership).
  • 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.

·         A minimum of 21 years-old. Younger students can apply but acceptance will be subject to a telephone interview.

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



 - 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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