Why train with LSSM?


LSSM has been going for over 30 years, built on the pioneering work of its principal tutor Mel Cash. He wrote the first ever book on Sports Massage in 1988 followed by the first text books on Remedial Massage (1996) and Soft Tissue Therapy (2012).

We are unique because we have developed our own customised BTEC qualification based on the clinical experiences that Mel and his incredible team of therapist/tutors. Many have been teaching with him for decades, they are all leading soft tissue specialist and several are now also great Osteopaths. The team has been together for so long they are like a family and the fun they have working together soon rubs off on the students. We believe you learn best when you are having fun doing it.

Our BTEC Level 5 Soft Tissue Therapy qualification is the only one of its kind in the UK and cannot be compared with the more common ITEC/VTCT and other Sports Massage courses because these are more limited in their scope of practice. Our course has been developed with two key aims:

  • To train therapist to best meet the needs of todays’ clients
  • To give therapists the most stimulating and rewarding life-time careers

And we are very proud of the way we are achieving both of these.

We call it “Soft Tissue Therapy” because we are no longer defined by the word ‘massage’. We include advanced techniques which improve the way the nervous system makes the muscles work and so have a much more profound effect than just massage. These can also be done through clothes if necessary which is particularly useful when treating elderly or disabled clients.

Soft Tissue Therapy is all about treating and preventing minor and chronic injuries caused by any of life’s stresses, including medical conditions, so it is something that just about everyone needs at some time. These problems are no longer being properly dealt with by
the NHS because of funding cutbacks so demand for the work we do is now growing strongly.


And we still do Sports Massage!
We began in 1989 as the very first school in the UK to teach Sports Massage. This original 6- month course is still the foundation and first part of the one-year Soft Tissue Therapy course we run today. So by the time students are half way through the Level 5 course they can already work effectively as Sports Massage Therapist and could start earning money then*. And when they gain their Level 5 they can advertise as both Sports Massage and Soft Tissue Therapists.

*Student can obtain Professional Indemnity Insurance for this.