Manual Lymph Drainage (Vodder Technique)

This 5-day, 40-hour certification 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.


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 5-day certification course is open to Licensed Healthcare Professionals or healthcare students only.


The tuition for this course is $995.00. We offer an early registration discount of 10% if registered 60 days or more in advance. Financing options and payment plans are available if needed. Full-time students must provide proof of enrollment with number of hours and graduation date. Full-time students should call to register.


This course is 5 days in length (40 contact hours). The classroom hours are 8:00am – 5:00pm daily. There will be approximately one hour for lunch every day.

Continuing Education Credits (CEU's)

This course is 40 Contact Hours. CEU's are available. Each state and profession is 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  
Certification in Manual Lymph Drainage (Vodder Technique) Sep 21, 2019 Palm Beach Gardens FL The registration deadline has passed for this class.
Certification in Manual Lymph Drainage (Vodder Technique) Oct 05, 2019 Baltimore MD Register
Spanish - Certification in Manual Lymph Drainage (Vodder Technique) Nov 02, 2019 Miami FL Register
Certification in Manual Lymph Drainage (Vodder Technique) Jan 18, 2020 Atlanta GA Register
Certification in Manual Lymph Drainage (Vodder Technique) Feb 08, 2020 Baltimore MD Register
Certification in Manual Lymph Drainage (Vodder Technique) Mar 21, 2020 Orlando FL Register
Certification in Manual Lymph Drainage (Vodder Technique) Apr 04, 2020 Portland ME Register
Certification in Manual Lymph Drainage (Vodder Technique) Jun 13, 2020 Denver CO 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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Virtu Arora, ACOLS Instructor

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