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manual lymph drainage®

from the vodder school international, taught by kathy fleming

Manual Lymph Drainage "is a gentle, non-invasive manual technique that has a powerful effect on the body.  Research in Australia, Europe and North America has proven its efficacy as a stand-alone treatment and in combination with other therapies. Developed in France in 1932 by Emil and Estrid Vodder MLD has grown to be the most well known manual technique to assist lymph flow and aid in drainage of tissues. The skin is stretched and torqued in a specific manner, based on scientific, physiological principles that have proven to encourage lymph flow.  If performed correctly with the correct pressure, direction and speed, this can greatly enhance recovery and facilitate drainage.  It also has profound effects on systems in the body.

"Therapists acquire excellent hand skills in the original Dr. Vodder method of MLD with our certified instructors.  Our expertly trained and certified Dr. Vodder instructors focus on you as an individual and help you to develop the skill required to attain the best possible results with every patient. We not only teach the basic Vodder techniques but also a range of advanced techniques that enable you to apply MLD to orthopedic, burn, edema, dermatological and other applications." Dr. Vodder School International

Level 1 Basic: Foundations of MLD

This is the foundation course and is divided into an online theory component and an in-classroom practical component.

  • Level 1 Theory is an easy-to-follow, online PowerPoint slide format prepared by physicians from the Dr. Vodder Academy. All students entering our training program will take this component first. This requires reading, studying, and an exam, all of which should take between 20 – 45 hours to complete. It is available in English, German, French, Italian, Mandarin, and Japanese. Successful completion of the online exam enables continuation to the Level 1 practical course.

  • Level 1 Practical. This 4-day classroom course covers the original Dr. Vodder Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) strokes and their application to each body part, including neck, face, arms, legs, nape, back, buttocks, chest (including breast), and abdomen. There will be an optional free half-day (2:00 - 6:00 PM) class for Theory Review and Q & A that all students are encouraged to attend. This is planned for the day before the Practical class begins.


Friday, July 24th - Tuesday, July 28th

8:30am - 6:00pm   |   32 CE hours

Level 2: Applied MLD

TThis 4 and a half-day classroom Practical course is taken after Level 1 is completed. It is designed to refine one's basic techniques and to learn additional Special techniques. This class is also appropriate for those therapists whose focus will be orthopedic/neurological patients and not patients with lymphedema. There are many applications of MLD, apart from those for patients with lymphedema. In this course, clinical indications for MLD are taught incorporating the Specials for patients with a functional lymph vessel system. These include whiplash, burns, migraines, tinnitus, CRPS, stroke, supination trauma of the ankle, knee arthroplasty, cruciate ligament repair, adhesive capsulitis, and hip pathologies. A practical exam is given on the last half-day of this course. Successful completion enables certification in Applied MLD from the Dr. Vodder Academy/School – International. After completing Level 2, you can attend Level 3, Lymphedema Management

Dates TBA

8:30am - 6:00pm   |   32 CE hours


To register for a workshop, please download, review, and complete the following forms: 2020 Registration Form and 2020 Payment Policy. All forms and payments should be directed to the instructor (not to PMTI):

Kathryn J. Fleming, PT, CLT • Dr. Vodder School International

Certified MLD/CDT Senior Instructor and Therapist Holyoke, Massachusetts 01040

Tel. 413-210-2414 •

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