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Why our qualification is the best

As a small independent training provider we have been developing our qualification since 1989 through the clinical experience of Mel Cash and his team of incredibly talented tutor/therapists. 

It has been built only on the proven techniques and methods that we know work well in the real clinical environment and help our clients the most. It has also responded to changes in modern healthcare so we now go way beyond sports massage and can also effectively help the 90% of the population who do not do sport but still suffer with minor and chronic injuries.

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Why Train With LSSM

LSSM has been going for over 30 years and is the pioneer of Sports Massage and the only Soft Tissue Therapy qualification in the UK. 

  • To train therapist to best meet the needs of today's clients
  • To give therapists the most stimulating and rewarding life-time careers.

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You Can t Massage Someone With Your Certificate

  • Short intensive courses with a lot of online content may be very tempting but in reality they are most likely to be a waste of time and money because they don’t provide enough skill and knowledge to enable you to succeed as a therapist.  
  • A good career needs a good investment and the cheaper easy options are a false economy because they just don’t work!

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Evolution Has a Lot to Answer For - by Mel Cash

The human body has evolved into what we see today and every part of it is there for a reason.

It has all evolved to meet our lifestyle needs in the best and most efficient way.

Or has it?

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Acceptance is what we need

Regulation, Recognition or Acceptance for Soft Tissue Therapy

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Why Train With ISRM

LSSM has been going for over 30 years and is the pioneer of Sports Massage and the only Soft Tissue Therapy qualification in the UK. 

  • To train therapist to best meet the needs of today's clients
  • To give therapists the most stimulating and rewarding life-time careers.

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COVID Student Support

COVID - Student Support 

How we overcome difficulties to run our courses as best we can, safely within the Government’s guidelines.

 Safety at our training venues

 If a student cannot attend a class because of Covid

More serious disruption to training due to Covid.

In case of a full lockdown

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How much can you earn as a Soft Tissue Therapist

Part-time it should be easy to earn about £8,000 a year, full-time about £40,000 a year and even as a student you should be able to earn back about half the cost of the course 

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Statutory Regulation in Soft Tissue Therapy and Sports or Massage Therapy

 This is a detailed essay on Statutory Regulations and other options as they relate to Soft Tissue Therapy and similar professions.

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Everyone needs Soft Tissue Therapy

Everyone suffers with aches and pains from time to time but they are often not bad enough for medical treatment so we just have to suffer with them. Or do we?

Soft Tissue Therapy is not a miracle cure but it often comes pretty close. So don’t put up with those chronic aches and pains that get you down, find yourself a Soft Tissue Therapist.

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Career Success in Soft Tissue Therapy

This article describes how good training and experience develops into a successful lifetime career in Soft Tissue Therapy.

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Soft Tissue Therapy – Where is the Science?

Some people want to dismiss Soft Tissue Therapy because they say it has no scientific basis. But we all use self-massage and stretching because we know it works. This pre-dates modern science by tens of thousands of years. People go to Soft Tissue Therapists because they do these natural remedies better than they can do themselves, and because you can't massage your own back!

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The Definition of Soft Tissue Therapy

Soft Tissue Therapy is now clearly defined and should only be used by those with the clinical skills that meet the definition.

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How did we get here

  • Our journey began in September 1989.
  • In those days Sports Massage was a good fun job but we were not trained to treat injuries, however, this didn’t stop injured clients turning up for treatment.
  • We developed our clinical skills so we could better meet the needs of injured clients.
  • Financial pressure on the NHS meant it could no longer fund the treatment of minor and chronic injuries.
  • In response to this we continued to develop our qualification.
  • Soft Tissue Therapy. A new title that more accurately describes what we do now.
  • The only therapy that effectively treats minor and chronic injuries using traditional hands-on methods.

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A Good Career Needs a Good Investment

There are now many short intensive massage courses which I suppose fit in with modern-day life expectations. People want fast-food or instant results and they don’t want to wait for anything anymore. But you only get what you pay for!

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How to succeed in private practice for physiotherpists

  • Physiotherapy has changed a lot over the years.
  • It Is now mostly exercise based
  • Patients still want hands on treatment
  • To succeed in private practice you have to give the patients what they want and you need to get positive and cost effective results.

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Sports Massage v Soft Tissue Therapy


How Sports Massage came about. 

So how did ‘Sports Massage’ become a mini-industry?

Misled by ‘Sports Massage’

Is Sports Massage a good job?

What is Soft Tissue Therapy?

Career potential in Soft Tissue Therapy


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Physiotherapy v Soft Tissue Therapy

  •  Physiotherapy has changed a lot over the years.
  • The old traditional hands-on techniques that Physiotherapists used to use are still as effective today as they ever were, also patients still like them and respond very well to them. Indeed, we now put on special Soft Tissue Therapy courses for recently qualified Physiotherapist who desperately want to develop these hands-on skills again
  • Physiotherapy training takes three years on a full-time degree with tuition fees of nearly £30,000, plus living costs.
  • Soft Tissue Therapy training only costs around £3,000 on a part-time (usually weekends) course taking no more than a year.

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What the different therapy titles mean

What do these titles mean?

Masseur (male), Masseuse (female) or Massage Therapist. Sports Massage Therapist. Sport and Remedial Massage Therapist. Soft Tissue Therapist.

What titles can we use? You are free to use any title that is not otherwise protected but it must be fair and honest.

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