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Manual Lymphatic Drainage Course

Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage Course:   (2 Days)

A Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage uses specific light and gentle techniques. These help the movement of lymph. This assists in the 'unblocking' of the lymphatic system. It may also help with the circulatory system as well.

The MLD course provides training in the theory and practice of effective form of massage. It will give existing massage therapists a broader understanding of the process. And the therapeutic requirements of clients who have a compromised immune system. The course provides a range of techniques for a Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage.

MLD is often used in conjunction with many other forms of massage and therapies. We will discuss these in the theory sessions.

This is a diploma CPD course and is acceptable to most insurance companies.

You will be required to both practice and receive MLD treatment during the course. Do not book if you are not prepared to accept this.


What you will learn on this manual Lymphatic Drainage massage Course

During the MLD course you will be guided through the theory behind MLD. Also the practice of completing a full Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage. We will cover integrating it into your existing massages.

Topics covered on the course:

  • A brief history of Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage
  • Structure and function of all the parts of the lymphatic system including the spleen
  • Map out the lymph nodes of the body
  • Review of the major blood vessels of head and neck
  • The relationship between blood and lymphatic system
  • Understanding the contraindication to providing a MLD massage
  • Demonstrate the 4 main Manual Lymphatic Drainage strokes. Plus others.
  • Demonstrate that they can be sequenced and applied to any part of the body.
  • Draping techniques, especially for access to the axillary region.

This CPD course will explain the benefits of Manual Lymphatic Drainage treatments practice. Richard is not able to provide clients with lymphatic problems during the course. Therefore; practice will be on other students or Richard who do not have issues.

This is not a clinical course. You are advised not to treat clients with significant primary lymphoedema.

MLD is especially important for female breast health. The techniques will be taught with the help of diagrams. They will not be demonstrated unless specifically asked for.

Course entry requirements

This course is suitable for qualified massage therapists only.

If you are not qualified and are looking to enter the professional arena. You must take our Diploma level Swedish Massage training. This will entail home study of our Anatomy and Physiology course. You have to pass this before attending the live practice session.


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The training days

You will give and receive body MLD treatments as part of this course. Group students and pairs work upon each other so no models are required. Students will be used as models for demonstrations of massage strokes and draping. This is undertaken by me - Dr. Richard Wain.

If the training is on a 1-2-1 basis you will be worked on by me and vice versa. You may bring your own model - this must be arranged in advance.

Massage couches, couch covers and paper rolls are inclusive. But on the training day, you must bring your own hand and bath/beach towel for your personal use. Generally this is an oil free form of MLD but bring a light fragrance free oil with you.

Tea, coffee, water and biscuits are provided on the day. You may bring your own lunch or buy it locally. There are very good catering facilities on site during week days.

What qualification will you receive?

You must successfully completed your training course to the required standard. You will then receive a printed and signed Diploma.


The diploma allows you to get Public Liability insurance. Then you can start offering treatments to paying clients.

Cressingham Massage and Reiki have a special discounted insurance scheme for you.

How to book your Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage Course

The first thing to do is contact me by email or text giving your phone number. As I am often with clients or teaching I am not always available to take a call. So emails or texts are best in the first instance. I will call you back to discuss the training with you or you can come to the Dartford office to speak to me in person.

The training days will be booked at this time. I prefer consecutive days but this may not be possible for everyone.

I no longer take card payments in my office or over the phone.

I will accept bank transfers.

Below is a payment gateway - secure, online checkout. It allows you to pay in full or make a deposit payment.

All payments must be complete before starting the course.


Fees quoted for the courses are for 1-2-1 teaching.

2-3 people booking and training together will receive a 25% discount per person. (£220)

4 or more booking and training together will receive a 33% discount per person. (£195)

Please ask for details on how to pay for group discounts.

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