Massage for Edema


3 CE Hours


Learn the concepts underlying massage and bodywork for clients who have edema, including an overview of lymph drainage and important steps to preventing lymphedema.

In this course, you will learn:

  • the major anatomical components of healthy immune and lymphatic systems
  • to distinguish between the body's normal inflammation process and abnormal edema
  • indications and contraindications for working with clients who have edema
  • how to provide clients with information on prevention and management of lymphedema

Course Reviews

Adria Valent, LMP, NCTMB

Wow I thought I understood lymph but this just explained so much more - and kept the information at a level for therapist to explain the process of the lymph system to clients - and make it understandable

K. Sullivan, RN, CMT

This course gave me a better understanding of how the lymphatic system works, the different types of edema, and when and where to refer clients for your help. Great references! A lot of good information for a small investment of time and money!

Janet D. Harden

I am a visual learner. Your lists and charts made translating the information into mental pictures easy for a visual learner. Wow! Clear, thorough, and pertinent information! Great combination. Thanks.

Kimberly Suoja

Thank your for sending such a lovely book! This actually made the course interesting and I was able to focus and learn something. The colors in the book are fabulous! The information was very interesting too.

Stephen Warren, LMT

Being a massage and bodywork instructor I always stress heavily upon my students the importance of the lymphatic system, how it works, and the possible effects of massage strokes on the system. This course is an excellent concise and helpful resource to anyone in the field of bodywork and healthcare in understanding the general workings of the lymphatic system. Job well done!

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  • Manual - 20 pages
  • Multiple-choice test - if you prefer to complete this program online please select the "Materials: Available online + Test: Available 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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