Upgrade to Soft Tissue Therapy BTEC 5

by The London School of Sports Massage


Available to qualified therapists with the following:

  • Level 3 Massage qualification plus 2 years or 400 clinical hours of experience*.
  •  Level 4 Massage qualification plus 1 year or 200 clinical hours of experience*.
  • Degree qualification which included a massage module plus 1 year or 200 clinical hours of experience*.
  • Or equivalent training and experience*.

*Clinical experience is evaluated through information provided in the application process.

The course covers all the advanced Soft Tissue Therapy assessment and treatment techniques from our very well established BTEC Level 5 Soft Tissue Therapy qualification. This includes our latest developments in evidence-based principles and the Biopsychosocial model of pain and person centred care.

We are trying different formats for the Upgrade course based on the feedback we are getting. Please contact us for details.

Courses start with a consolidation workshop day followed by 9 weekend workshops over the next 8 months.

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

Massage Course Information

Prices & Syllabus

Option 1

£550 Deposit (non-refundable)
10 x Monthly payments of £170
Final certification will not be issued until final payment has been made

Total £2,250 inc VAT

Option 2

£550 Deposit (non-refundable)
£1,600 Balance 4 weeks before the course
start date or full payment within 4 weeks.

Total £2,150 inc VAT

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 (optionalwww.balens.co.uk)
  • Event work opportunities via the ISRM
  • Totum Card (optional) discount on a wide range of products and services
  • 10% discount on Marshcouch products (www.marshcouch.com)
  • 10% Discount on Physique products, (www.physique.co.uk)
  • 10% Rehab My Patient (www.rehabmypatient.com


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



 ☆☆☆☆☆  - review for Upgrade to Soft Tissue Therapy, BTEC Level 5 Course
“I wanted to say thank you for the opportunity to do this upgrade course and for making it accessible. I’m really loving it. I’m finding it really inspiring and at a point in my career when I was really questioning if I wanted to carry with massage, it is giving me more motivation. I loved learning about the positional release yesterday and some of the other techniques I learned made me feel inspired again as I said” Melanie – London

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