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Sport and Remedial Massage Therapy
General information
It takes a lot of time and practice to properly develop the advanced practical skills we cover; it also takes considerable time to complete all the written assignments (home study) so ISRM centres do not run short intensive courses. The programme normally takes about 12 months and made up of 12 weekend workshops about one-month apart. This gives students plenty of time to practice and consolidate their skills before moving on to the more advanced techniques.
There are 4* home study assignments which are marked and moderated through the ISRM system and returned with correction notes where necessary. Towards the end of the course students also have to complete 2 case studies. It is estimated that the average student will need about 100 hours to complete these assignments. Although allowances are made for students who do not have English as their first language or who have other learning issue such as Dyslexia, written assignments must be completed in English.
*Students with prior formal training in human anatomy and physiology may be exempt from one of these assignments.
There are 3 mid-course practical assessments covering the main techniques. These should ensure that any areas of weakness can be identified and improved before the final practical exam. Students have to complete a log-book of 100 practice treatments. At the end of the course there is one theory exam and one practical exam in the presence of an ISRM external examiner.
(Written home assignments and practice are expected to require about 200 hours which is 4 hours a week for a year).
Students get free ISRM student membership through which they can obtain student insurance to practice (click here to visit Balens)
The course programme includes



Anatomy & Physiology

Extensive repertoire of Massage Techniques for all areas
of the body

Exercise Physiology


Functional Anatomy

Case History taking

Deep Friction Techniques

Acute & Post-Acute Conditions

Neuromuscular Technique

Pathology of Injury

Muscle Energy Technique

Overuse Syndrome

Soft Tissue Release

Injury Scenarios

Connective Tissue Massage

Treating Medical Conditions

Positional Release Technique

Professionalism & Ethic

Pre & Post Event Massage


Peripheral Joint Assessment


Remedial Exercise & Rehabilitation


Posture & Core Stability

The successful student will receive diplomas from ISRM and BTEC. The qualification is recognised nationally and in many other countries as well. It enables therapists to practice independently as a professional Sport & Remedial massage therapist and obtain professional indemnity insurance to practice. It also entitles you to become a full member of the Institute of Sport & Remedial Massage ISRM as well as other professional bodies; and register with CNHC (the government-backed regulatory body for Complementary Healthcare).

  • 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 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 normally be subject to a telephone interview.