The Institute for

Soft Tissue Therapy is more than just sports massage, it is a person centred approach to the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of minor and chronic musculoskeletal pain and injury.

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BTEC Level 5 Professional Diploma in

(More than ‘just’ sport and remedial massage)

BTEC Level 5 Professional Diploma in SOFT TISSUE THERAPY 

(More than ‘just’ sport and remedial massage)

Our BTEC Level 5 qualification trains people to become complete therapists with the best career potential. Soft Tissue Therapists treat clients with musculoskeletal pain or dysfunction caused by any of life’s stresses and from all walks of life. Although sport can be a common factor with many of our clients, this is far from being the main issue we deal with.

ISRM trained Soft Tissue Therapists work successfully in private practice and also alongside Physiotherpists, Osteopaths and Chiropractors in private clinics.

Our qualification has been evolving for over 25 years through the clinical development of a group of the UK’s leading therapists, with the aim of best meeting the real treatment needs of the client.

  • Injury assessment
  • Advanced treatment techniques
  • Remedial exercise and advice to…
  • Enhance recovery
  • Prevent injury
  • Improve posture and function


London - Southampton - Brighton




Exmouth - Bristol






London (Bridging course only)

ISRM Education

The ISRM qualification has evolved to best meet the needs of the client and it has become the benchmark for quality training in the UK. It has been developed by working therapists who really understand what it takes to provide good effective treatment and build a successful practice

Almost all massage therapists are self-employed and work in the private sector of healthcare so our vocational training is centred round this. It enables therapists to safely and effectively treat clients from all walks of life, suffering a variety of musculoskeletal as well as medical conditions. This offers the therapist the greatest potential for success in a career that can be immensely satisfying and enjoyable.

The ISRM qualification is externally validated by BTEC at Level 5, it recognised nationally and is well known in many other countries too.

The qualification operates through a small number of validated schools and ISRM work very closely with them to ensure that high standards are achieved and improved on at all our centres

Seeing Hands

The ISRM is delighted to be involved with Seeing Hands Nepal, which is a charity training blind people in Nepal to give 'western' style massage to tourist/trekkers. Instead of living in extreme poverty, dependent on their family or forced to beg, the first few therapists are now earning money. (And giving a good massage service to tired trekkers too.)

ISRM is helping in the design and delivery of an effective training programme and training volunteer tutors. 

This really is a wonderful project and we hope you will take time to look on their website to find out more. [click here]