Lymphatic Drainage Massage


17 CE Hours

Course Options:

  • DVD, Text & Manual Shipped; Test Online
  • DVD, Text, Manual & Test Shipped to You


Expand your massage therapy skills and broaden your practice. Lymph drainage massage can be extremely beneficial to clients who suffer from allergies, have had recent surgery, or suffer from edema. The treatment is quite relaxing to the client as it has a highly calming effect on the body.

In this exclusive course, based on Dr. Emil Vodder's method of manual lymph drainage, you will learn the anatomy of the lymphatic system, including lymph nodes, vessels and angions. You will also master the locations of the basic nodes and the drainage patterns the lymph follow. The causes and types of edema are explained as well as the indications and contraindications of lymphatic massage.

Through this home study, massage CEU program you will:

  • Identify and explain the structure and function of the lymphatic system
  • Identify and categorize the locations of the lymph nodes and drainage patterns and state their functions
  • Discuss how lymph gets into the bloodstream and demonstrate the understanding of the deep lymph pathways of the abdomen.
  • Outline the stages of edema and causes
  • Summarize and give examples of contraindications of lymph massage
  • Discuss indications for lymph massage
  • Utilize the basic techniques for lymph drainage massage
  • Perform lymphatic drainage to the face and neck, arm and upper torso, abdomen, as well as leg and lower torso
  • Understand and demonstrate a self treatment to the face and neck

Through video demonstrations and supporting text, you'll learn how to apply over 60 lymphatic drainage massage techniques to the body.

Course Reviews

Elisha Logsdon, LMT

I have been wanting to learn about lymphatic drainage massage since I became a massage therapist. This course allowed me to do that in my own home at my own pace. And I can always continue to use the materials to brush up or to become better at my practice!

F. Bailey LMT

The completeness of the course with the video & demo plus diagrams & the guide book was very impressive. Included here is all we need to learn this technique well & to keep studying the vast amount of information given. The gentle touch is a great relief for my hands. As I get near 70 yrs of age, this more gentle work is important to my continued success in doing massage therapy. Thank you for making this awesome course available.

Patricia Michaelson

WOW that was intense but very informative. The manuals were clear and concise. The video helped with this kinesthetic learner. I am now eager to take a hands on Lymphatic Drainage Massage class which will give me even more confidence when working in this area. I thank the Institute for their excellent presentation of materials!

Margarita Hartney, LMT, NCTMB

I really enjoyed taking the LDM course. The manual held my attention from beginning to end. After watching the video, I actually played it while practicing LDM on my husband. I also appreciate the supplemental book which compliments this course perfectly. I have already recommended this Institute and will continue to do so in the. Thank You

Mary Jacobs, LMBT

The course material was very informative and challenging. I liked the fact that it was not so easy. I read the book and watched the dvd. I still had to review and do some research in the book while answering some of the test questions. I enjoyed this course and learned a lot.

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  • DVD - 90 minutes
  • Manual - 51 pages (available for shipment or online)
  • Text - 184 pages
  • Multiple-choice test - if you prefer to test online please select the "test online" option
  • Certificate upon completion - if you prefer to print your certificate at home instantly, please select the online option

Display Certificates suitable for framing are available for $10 in addition to the certificate included with your tuition. Click here to order a Display Certificate.


The Institute is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Approved Provider 049478-00.

Credits also accepted by the AMTA, ABMP and NAHA.

For information regarding your specific state massage license requirements and approvals, visit our Massage Therapy Continuing Education Requirements page by clicking here.

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