This 40-hour MLD certification course has the same content as our 5-day, in-person MLD certification course, however this course incorporates a more flexible way of learning. We have split our 5-day live course into three parts, allowing participants to spend less time away from home and work.

This hybrid course is a careful balance between lecture topics and hands-on lessons. This course is ideally suited to serve as an introduction to the techniques and applications of the treatment known as Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD), as developed by Emil Vodder, Ph.D.

Hybrid Format

Part One:
Students will complete an online, self-paced, home study program prior to attending Part Two of the course.

Part Two:
Students attend a 20-hour live virtual portion of the course from the comfort of their own homes. This part of the course is delivered by a certified instructor live via a virtual platform.

Part Three:
Students attend the live classroom portion of the course, which is delivered in just 2 days (10 hours each day). This is the part of the course where students come together to practice the techniques and treatment sequences for two days prior to taking the hands-on exam.

Upon successful completion of all three parts, the student will be a Certified Manual Lymph Drainage Therapist!

Please Note

This course does NOT train therapists to treat patients with Lymphedema. Participants are educated on the applications of Manual Lymph Drainage pertaining to the pathologies listed below. For courses specific to Lymphedema, please see our Lymphedema Management Seminar (31 hours) or Complete Lymphedema Certification (135 hours).

Course Objectives

This course will assist therapists in developing treatment sequences for the management of edema of various geneses including post-traumatic and post-surgical edema; as well as several pathologies such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, migraines, chronic pain reduction and others. During this course, the participants will learn to perform techniques that will assist patients and clients in general relaxation, health support and detoxification.

Class Topics

History of the lymphatic system and MLD Basic anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic system Drainage pathways of the lymphatic system Pathophysiology of the lymphatic system Lymphatic insufficiencies and conditions that lead to the development of edema Difference between edema and lymphedema Indications and contraindications of MLD Basic strokes for the entire body and their effects Application of basic MLD sequences in healthy lymphatic systems Application of basic MLD to post-traumatic and post-surgical edema Application of basic MLD sequences to various pathologies (fibromyalgia, migraines, chronic fatigue syndrome)


This hybrid MLD certification course is open to Licensed Healthcare Professionals, such as Licensed or Certified Massage Therapists, or healthcare students only.


The tuition for this course is $1100.00.

Continuing Education Credits (CEU's)

This course is 40 Contact Hours. CEU's are available. Each state and profession are different, so please contact our Admissions Department for more detailed information regarding CEU approvals. Academy of Lymphatic Studies is an approved provider for the AOTA, NCBTMB and various state professional boards. Please call for details.

AOTA Approved Provider #4063 - AOTA CEU/Contact Hours- 4.0 - Category 2
"The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA or indicate AOTA approval of a certification or other professional recognition."


Name Date City State  
Hybrid- Certification in Manual Lymph Drainage (Vodder Technique) Part 3 Hands On May 26, 2022 Tucson AZ The registration deadline has passed for this class. Call for options.
Hybrid - Certification in Manual Lymph Drainage - Part 2 Webinar 9am to 1pm EST Daily - A Body is needed days 2,4, & 5 Jun 13, 2022 Webinar Register

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World Class Instructors!

Direct contact during our certification courses, small groups, highly trained and certified instructors with many years of experience in education and treatment, as well as up-to-date teaching technologies assure a maximum learning experience for participants in our programs.

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Founder: Joachim Zuther

Our founder, Joachim Zuther, has remained an integral part of our course development and ensuring the future education of lymphedema treatment is at the forefront of scientific discoveries.

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