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: Date:
LS 30F Central London Apr 27th, 2019 More / Book
LS 30G Central London Jun 22nd, 2019 More / Book
LS 31A Central London Aug 31st, 2019 More / Book
LS 31SA Southampton Sep 7th, 2019 More / Book
LS PYO3 Physio/Osteo, Chiro only Central London Sep 8th, 2019 More / Book
LS 31B Central London Oct 5th, 2019 More / Book
LS 31C Central London Nov 16th, 2019 More / Book

This ISRM qualification is also available at other centres around the UK

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)


Underpinning Theory
  • Functional anatomy of the musculoskeletal system
  • Musculoskeletal physiology
  • Exercise physiology
  • Pathology of injury
  • Contraindications
  • Acute Injury procedures
  • Injury scenarios
  • Case Studies
  • General anatomy (Blood, circulation, CV system, skin, nervous system, respiration, digestion)
  • Business and practice development
  • Case history taking
  • Muscle/tendon injuries
  • Joint injuries
  • Posture and trunk stability
  • Functional movement
  • Remedial massage techniques for all skeletal muscles
  • Sports massage
  • Injury treatment
  • Neuromuscular techniques
  • Soft Tissue Release technique
  • Muscle Energy Techniques (integrating Post Isometric Relaxation and Reciprocal Inhibition methods)
  • Myofascial techniques
  • Positional Release technique
  • Treating medical conditions
  • Post-acute rehabilitation
  • Remedial exercises
  • Injury prevention
  • Posture, core stability and functional exercises
  • Exercise compliance
  • Sport 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
  • Online movie clips of the main course techniques
  • BTEC registration, exam and certification fees all included
  • ISRM student membership
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance (
  • Event work opportunities
  • 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 (


·         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, Southampton and Brighton.