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Passive Stretching for Sport and Massage

Couch based stretching

cpd short course in Passive stretching

This one day accredited CPD short course focuses on clinical application of Passive couch based stretching within a treatment environment.

This short course will review theory related to a range of stretching techniques, and focus will be drawn to passive static and PNF stretching for use within treatment and home care activities. 

Open to Sports Massage Therapists at Level 3 or above, along with Sports Therapists, Osteopaths, Chiropractors, Physiotherapists and Rehabilitator as continued professional development.

This course covers theory and practical elements.

Accredited by the FHT and the STO and provides 8 CPD points / hours.

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Face to Face course dates: 

Friday 5th April 2024 – Swindon

from 09:30 – 16:30

Friday 27th September 2024 – Swindon

from 09:30 – 16:30


 Core Elements Training Centre,
First Floor, 8 Bath Road, Old Town,
Swindon, Wiltshire, SN1 4BA

Easy access from M4 junction 15 and 16 and 15 – 20 minute walk from mainline train station and bus station. Long stay parking nearby.

Face to Face Course

Course Price = £165 

10% discount available on the Face to Face option for FHT, STO and STA members. Use code FST when booking and reply to the course confirmation email with your membership number.

Book Now to secure your place using the Book Now dropdown tab. 


8 Bath Road

Face to Face course dates: 

Friday 5th April 2024 – Swindon

from 09:30 – 16:30

Friday 27th September 2024 – Swindon 

from 09:30 – 16:30

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27th Sept 2024 – Face to Face 

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About the course

Course Design

Delivered by Dawn Morse BSc, PGCE, MSc
founding Director of Core Elements Training. 

This course is taught using a hands-on approach, therefore after reviewing theory, you will be  practising a range of passive stretching techniques whilst receiving ongoing input from the tutor. 

As this is a small group and practical based CPD course, you need to be prepared to receive treatment during the course. 


Accredited by the Federation of Holistic Therapists and the Sports Therapy Organisation. Insurable with the FHT, STO, Balens and BGI.


Overview of Course

  • Introduction to stretching modalities
  • Use of stretching techniques within treatment and benefits of couch based stretching
  • Differences in stretching modalities such as active and passive stretching, and benefits of each
  • Differences and application between different forms of passive stretching such as static stretching and PNF stretching techniques
  • Application of stretching techniques to clinical treatment
  • Demonstration and practise of Passive static and Passive PNF stretching within a clinical setting using a range of stretching techniques 
  • Time for self practise will be provided and Q&A. 

Entry Requirements & background

Course applicants must be a minimum of 18 years old and must hold a minimum of a Level 3 qualification in Sports Massage Therapy. Applicants should have also been practising Sports Massage Therapy for a period of time prior to enrolling on this course.

This course will expand on massage treatment knowledge, and will develop the use of couch based passive stretching within treatment. 

On completion of the course you will be able to demonstrate effective use and application of couch based passive stretching for use within treatment. 

Cancellation policy

Your payment for this CPD course is non-refundable. It is not possible to have your place refunded in whole or part once your booking has been confirmed, or to transfer to a later date once you have already paid.

Therefore we STRONGLY recommend that you take out insurance to cover your costs in the event that you have to cancel or curtail your training. By registering and paying for this course, you are agreeing to this cancellation policy.

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Find out more or have a question?

Luke H - Gloucester

Level 3 & 4 Combined Sports Massage Diploma 

Had a great time on both the level 3 & 4 sports massage course with Dawn. Great facilities and I found the relaxed atmosphere excellent for my learning needs. A good mix of solid practical time and the necessary anatomy study that is required. My confidence and business has grown beyond belief since doing these courses and I will be forever grateful for the help and support provided.

Jamie S - Reading

Combined Level 3 & 4 Sports Massage Diploma

A great, intense course.
It’s amazing how much I learnt about the body and massage techniques in such a short period of time.

Chris B - Marlborough

Level 3 & 4 Combined Sports Massage Diploma

Dawn’s well run course has proved highly beneficial to my career, enhancing my knowledge of the anatomy and gaining highly beneficial new skills. Along with the qualifications gained this has better equipped me in my role within the health & fitness industry and allowed me to expand my services to both existing and new clients. Dawn is a very personable professional, which makes for an enjoyable way to learn.

Laura R - Swindon

Level 4 Sports & Remedial Massage 

The level 4 remedial and sports massage has been one of the most interesting and useful courses I have been on. The leap from level 3 to 4 was difficult yet Dawn made it engaging with a mixture of practical and theory work with a variety of tasks to keep us on our toes. The tasks where made to be creative getting us to think outside the box. Strongly recommended for any one who wants to advance their skills and knowledge in sports massage therapy.

Tom F - Bristol

Level 3 & 4 Combined Sports Massage Diploma

I thoroughly enjoyed the course, the way it combined all the relevant theory and practical work, without becoming tedious suited my learning style. I honestly don’t have any negatives. Dawn, Katie & Louise were extremely knowledgeable and approachable and everyone had fun as well as learning. Originally I wasn’t keen on completing so many case studies, but as you gain experience and see the changes and results in the clients, then you realise how important they are and it really helps to build your confidence.

Laura S - Gloucester

I’ve done Level 4 Sports Massage, Level 5 Manual Therapy & Joint Mobilisations, and Science of Stretching with Core Elements. Core Elements are amazing, friendly and really know their stuff. I’ve already booked on to do another course! I’ve highly recommended Core Elements to friends and family – Keep up the fantastic courses Dawn. If you are looking to further develop yourself, skills, tools, knowledge, Core Elements is the place to go.

Sarah W - Swindon

I have done several courses with Core Elements. Fantastic knowledge coupled with the practical experience Dawn and her trainers have, makes the training here second to none. I would highly recommend this learning experience . Well worth the investment.

Darren W - Bristol

Level 3 & 4 Combined Sports Massage Diploma

Thank you for what has been an amazing experience.
I have loved every minute of the course and am so excited to embark on my new career as a sports therapist.
It really has provided me with the spring board that I needed.

Jessie S - Bristol

Level 3 Sports Massage 
I really enjoyed the course and thought it was very comprehensive and professional.
Thank you