THE NORTH LONDON SCHOOL OF SPORTS MASSAGE AND REMEDIAL SOFT TISSUE THERAPY
TAKE THE FIRST STEP
Graduate with the highest qualification in sports massage and remedial soft tissue therapy in one single course.
You will be able to assess, treat and manage soft tissue injuries and work with common pathologies. Graduate with a highly respected BTEC Level 5 Professional Diploma in Sports Massage & Remedial Soft Tissue Therapy.
WHY CHOOSE US
Graduate at the
Become a top level therapist with a BTEC Level 5 Professional Diploma in Sports Massage and Remedial Soft Tissue Therapy
No prior training necessary
We will take you from start to finish, this is what NLSSM does best. You do not need a previous qualification in Level 3 or 4 to study with us at the highest level and become top in your field.
The Highest Standard
Qualifying at level 5 allows you to work in private practice or within the highest level of sport. Some of our graduates are now working with premier sports teams or have started their own independent clinics.
This qualification will give you the skills needed to practice as a professional therapist, with the ability to design and implement appropriate soft tissue treatment and rehabilitation plans.
We support our students throughout their journey to become successful in a job they love. Including student clinics, regular online mentoring and assigned tutors.
Join an organisation
Graduates can become members of The Sports Massage Association (SMA), Register of Remedial Masseurs and Manipulative Therapists (LCSP) and the Complimentary Health Professionals (CHP)
HISTORY OF NLSSM
In 2004, the North London School of Sports Massage and Soft Tissue Therapy (NLSSM) opened its doors to its first group of students. Although there were a number of established schools at the time, there was a gap within the market to provide a massage course that could fulfil the more demanding requirements of the employer.
Massage is no longer considered just part of a luxurious pamper day in a relaxing environment because now it can play a significant role within a medical and rehabilitative setting.
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LEVEL 5 SPORTS MASSAGE COURSE
THE NLSSM DIFFERENCE
We also use accelerated learning methods, allowing us to teach difficult subjects in a way that is interactive and effective, maximising the development of practical massage skills and academic understanding.
Most of our tutors are also full-time soft tissue and sports massage therapists, trained in a variety of complementary qualifications, so students benefit from their huge knowledge base and are learning from people who are working as soft tissue therapists every day in the real world.
We see a direct link between a massage therapist’s skills and the amount of quality attention they’re given in training. That’s why, in practical sessions, we have a ratio of 1 teacher for every 3-4 students. In addition, our teachers are known for their generosity, putting in unpaid hours where needed to support and mentor individuals.
All of us here get great satisfaction from developing our massage students to their full potential, even if that means the odd late night. It’s all down to being professional and fun, but we believe that if we go the extra mile, so too will you.
98% is an impressive statistic and it’s only fair to point out that some students pass on their second attempt. The intensity of this qualification is not to be underestimated, but we offer discounts on any additional tuition that might be needed and offer an incredible level of personal support to make sure that those people who want to succeed, will do so.
And the benefits don’t end when you graduate, check out what support and opportunities we offer both during and after you qualify as a soft tissue massage therapist.
WHERE CAN A LEVEL 5 SPORTS MASSAGE QUALIFICATION LEAD?
When you are qualified at the highest level, your options are unlimited!
We have graduates that have gone on to be successful in a number of different careers. Some examples include the following, please note, this is not an exhaustive list!
READ OUR SPORTS MASSAGE BLOGS
We post regular blogs on various topics, ranging from how to begin your career as a sports massage therapist, what type of sports massage course to choose, and information about different pathologies and techniques. Take a look at our latest ones below.
Tapotement: It’s All In The Sound!
The name of the stroke is taken from the French word “Tapoter”, meaning to tap or to drum. A rhythmic
How to Access the Glutes in Side Lying
How do you access the glutes in side lying? It’s easier than you think! The Gluteals Being able to safely
Accessing the Upper Fibres of Pectoralis Major
We’ve written this blog as a starting point for new ideas and considerations! Keep reading to view our quick fire
Muscle Energy Technique (MET) For The Diaphragm
A great one for client home care or to even do on yourself! What is a Muscle Energy Technique (MET)?
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Frequently asked questions
No! Our Level 5 diploma takes you from start to finish, no prior learning necessary! Find out more in our blog.
At NLSSM we are passionate about helping our students to be their very best.
Time and again, research has shown that people remember things best when they learn by doing. Not just once or twice, but repeatedly and regularly. Intensive courses, by their nature, do not create the best environment for learning. They may seem convenient but that convenience comes at a high price – your standard of education.
We take our lessons from athletes who consistently train using repetition over a longer period of time, this allows for the muscles to adapt in the same way that our practical massage skills need to develop. To run a marathon requires more than 3 weeks training to be top in the field.
We also choose to offer single days rather than 2 day weekend courses to our students. Our experience has shown us that students are able to retain a greater amount of information as well as it better develops their hands on skills through regular contact. This atmosphere of encouragement helps our students to keep on an even keel and remain highly motivated.
BTEC Level 5 is a professional massage qualification, so it’s only fitting that we teach them professionally, and that’s why we will never offer our soft tissue massage courses as an intensive option.
This Professional Level 5 Diploma is accredited by BTEC/Edexcel.
Both are awarding bodies, and aspire to ensure the massage course you are enrolling onto meets their educational standards. We chose BTEC because it has a good reputation in ensuring a high standard of education as well as we could customize the massage course to meet the demands of the jobs that employers are looking for. We also have greater freedom in how we deliver our sports and remedial massage course, increasing your ability to develop the massage skills that are top in the manual therapy profession.
The NLSSM massage course is the best foundation you can get, it will open up many different opportunities in manual therapy. Our graduates have chosen a variety of directions, demonstrating you are not limited.
Please refer to our Graduates Stories page, wherein you can see there is a wide range of job descriptions from working in elite sport, being part of a clinical health care team, to establishing their own massage clinic.
At NLSSM, we are happy to support our students with any specific learning requirements they may have, where possible. If you have any concerns then please give us a call on 0208 885 6062 to discuss your needs.
We use a number of different massage creams, lotions, oils and waxes, including the following:
We have developed a set of robust procedures to minimise the risk of COVID-19. Please find out more in our policy here.