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MLD is a specialized form of massage that has powerful cleansing, relaxing, pain relieving & immunological effects. It is a gentle, flowing, rhythmic massage and can be applied to a wide range of physical conditions to great effect.
Our course, as with many MLD courses on offer today is similiar to the German Vodder techniques and has been devised by our top tutors who are experts in their fields making sure you get the latest up to date information and techniques.
It is particularly useful for the treatment of lymphoedema and swelling that is often seen in response to cancer treatments such as radiotherapy. It’s specialized pumping technique can be used to prevent or treat lymphoedema and improve lymph drainage.
You will learn a full body routine, which you will be able to use with your clients.
Please check that your qualification is accepted before booking - this information can be found here no need to email us. You will find all the information required by clicking on the above Accreditation & Entry Requirements tab.
This one day accredited diploma course for existing therapists only.
No case studies are required - no written exams, certificate given on the day on completion of a successful practical assessment with your tutor.
We have many venues and dates on offer in London and all around the UK including Ireland.
If you feel one day is not enough training, you are able to come back to repeat the course again free of charge. However due to small classes this is rare but available if required.
This course holds between 5 - 13 CPD points (all professional bodies are different please check with the one you are registered with for confirmation of points they award for one day courses)
In today’s Western Culture diet can stress the lymphatic system with excess wastes, toxins and lack of fluid contributing to a sluggish lymphatic system. The result is more anaerobic metabolism which produces more waste and less energy and a self perpetuating cycle begins. Patients can benefit from Lymphatic Drainage Massage as part of a detoxification program leading to improved energy an increase in cellular oxygenation and enhanced immunity.
Manual lymph drainage is extremely gentle and feels wonderfully relaxing. Most patients either fall asleep or go into a highly relaxed state, due to the slow, gentle rhythmic motions involved, which stimulate the movement of lymph through the lymph vessels.
Lymphatic drainage massage is especially useful for individuals who seem to suffer regularly from common illnesses like colds and flu.
It is also recommended for people who lead sedentary lifestyles, or those who want to reduce oedema, puffiness or swelling.
Manual Lymphatic drainage techniques facilitate the removal of metabolic wastes, excess water, toxins, bacteria, large protein molecules, and foreign substances from tissue via the initial lymph vessels and the venous capillaries. In addition it relaxes the sympathetic nervous system, reduces pain, and enhances the activity of the immune system.
It is an effective treatment for a variety of issues including oedema, skin disorders, headache, sinus congestion, sprains and aches, stress, digestive disorders and it can be used before and after surgery to remove tissue congestion and minimize scar formation. It is particularly useful as part of post-mastectomy therapy oedema and fibrosis and relieves pain and tension.
We specialize in providing small classes which makes us one of the most popular training schools.
Furthermore we are passionate about ensuring you receive excellent training with professional and friendly tutors that provide straight-forward tuition to make sure your day is special.
MLD is an important treatment for cancer patients and this course has been designed with that in mind, this will enable you to use this with family and friends with cancer.
Please note however that to treat cancer patients and to charge for the treatment FHT and CTHA will not cover a one day course and you will need to complete a longer course. The FHT and the CTHA and accrediting bodies who insure this course their requirements would be 75 learning hours for this which is around a ten day course. However you will still be insured to use MLD techniques for other conditions swelling, oedema etc.
However you may wish to check with your own insurance company as they are all different, if you are not with FHT, CTHA or the guild you may find your insurance company will cover you for use with cancer patients then you will be able to use it and charge for the treatment, but it is best to check with your insurance company first if this is what you wish to do.
This is however a stand alone treatment and insurable, many students also use this with their clients who do not have cancer as it is a very effective treatment and a very popular course. You do not have to use it with cancer patients as it has many benefits, for example clients find this treatment as great way to release a build up of toxins and much more.
You can however still gain insurance with this one day course, you can use this treatment professionally and charge your clients.
We have been advised the following by the Holistic Guild with regard to treating clients with cancer:
The Holistic Guild will cover you if you get a doctors note and they have advised us to send the following to therapists/students:
Illnesses eg cancer and kidney problems.
It is the responsibility of the therapist to adhere to industry best and safe practice when treating a member of the public.
The government have their own bodies who set down in writing what students must learn during their time at college studying for an NVQ ( or equivalent) in Beauty/ Holistic or Nail treatments. For our industry it is HABIA who set these standards.
The National Occupational Standards are considered to be "best industry practice"
Within the NOS for massage it is stipulated that students "must know how to recognise conditions for which massage therapy is inappropriate and for which the client should seek advice from other sources or refer the client to another professional"
A massage therapist or indeed a beauty therapist is not qualified to diagnose a medical condition but should know when it is appropriate to decline treatment until their client has sought the necessary advice and provided you with proof that it is ok for you to proceed with treatment.
This usually takes the form of written consent from their medical practitioner. This is stored by the therapist along with the completed and signed client record card. In the event of a claim the insurance provider would request a copy of the client record card and the letter of consent. This information is provided to the insurer as proof that the therapist has carried out the massage treatment safely, correctly and in accordance with professional codes of practice and organisational requirements.
Therefore, based on this requirement you can offer to treat a client who has been diagnosed with cancer or who is receiving kidney dialysis providing you have obtained the necessary written consent from the client's own medical practitioner. Most Drs are happy to provide a letter but will very often charge a fee.
Lynne Archer - Holistic Guild
Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a specific massage technique which helps with the management of Lymphoedema.
Lymphoedema is chronic tissue swelling, often as a result of cancer or its treatment. For example, after mastectomy surgery, the lymphatic system will have been compromised and lymph nodes in the arm pits may also have been removed. This impedes the normal fluid drainage channels and results in lymph fluid collecting in an area causing swelling and pain.
Research has shown that 1 in 5 breast cancer patients will develop lymphoedema of the arm. Unless this is treated the swelling can increase and eventually become very difficult to manage. Although lymphoedema cannot be completely cured, manual lymphatic drainage is an important therapy for treating this condition.
Ultimately it aims to clear blockages so that excess fluids will be pushed out of the affected areas - MLD also aims to prevent fluids accumulating again.
98' to present date
© Gateway Workshops, students are not authorised to teach this course unless through Gateway. This is a therapist course only, information is copyright and to be used with their clients only and not taught to others.
Please note if your previous training was a weekend massage or 1 - 3 day course, this is not a level 3 that's required (not enough practical hours) and not accepted.
This course is insurable and accredited by the professional bodies, FHT, Guild of Holistic Therapists, BABTAC, CTHA.
For more information, see Accreditation & Entry Requirements information tab above
Gateway accredited/recognised diploma
Insurable allowing you to gain insurance and use therapy with the general public and charge.
Specialising in small classes for individual attention
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15 CPD course points has been awarded for this course by the beauty guild, 10 points by FHT and 5 by Embody - please check with whom you are registered for their guidelines on how many points they award for one day courses as they all differ.