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Massage Courses

Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a specialized massage with cleansing, relaxing, pain relief with many benefits

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Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage Course Accredited Diploma Certificate

Professional one day MLD course, this is a specialized form of massage that has powerful cleansing, relaxing, pain relieving & immunological effects however it is easy to learn with our expert tutors. 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 similar 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.

This one day accredited diploma course for existing therapists only with a level 3 in full body massage.

Course Content

On this course you will learn:

  •             Background and Benefits
  •             Related Anatomy & Physiology
  •             Contra-indications
  •             Client consultation & record keeping
  •             Techniques for a full body routine you can use with your clients
  •             Health, safety and hygiene

A full and comprehensive manual is included in your course

Please note the face will not be covered in this course (this is normal) as the course is focusing on the body and that is what the certificate covers - however for your convenience we do have a DVD available for those of you who attend this course who may also require further information for the face as this is covered in our DVD.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage Techniques

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.


After you have completed this massage course with us you are able to gain unlimited, FREE online access to the course video and will become an invaluable resource for future reference. Alternatively you can buy a hard copy DVD Disc on the day from your tutor.

This is a recognised qualification that you can use professionally - For full course content please scroll down this page

This one day accredited diploma course for existing therapists only.

Maximum of 6 in a class, keeping it small ensuring individual attention.

We have many venues and dates on offer in London and all around the UK including Ireland.

This is an insurable course allowing you to use this therapy with the general public and charge for it.

All course information is easy to find right here

You can find the full course description, times and price on this page - For venues and dates on offer, when ready simply click on the purple view dates or book now button.

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Please watch our short introduction video, showing you what to expect from our massage courses and to learn more.

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Then scroll down this page to view all the course information, content of the course, price, venue and dates available.

Course Times

And also Dates & Venues Information

This information can all be found by going to the very top of this Page - Simply scroll up and then click on information tab link button of choice.

You can find the price, venue options and dates all located at the top of the page next to the 'Course Explained' Link 

Voted Guild Awards of Excellence Winner 'Best Training School' 5 years in a row.

We Love what we do and have a passion for teaching.

Our Promise to you - Repeat Your Course if Needed

If you feel one day is not enough training, you are able to come back to repeat the course again free of charge within 6 months when spaces are available with the same tutor.

However, due to small classes and the 1-1 attention you receive this is rare but for your peace of mind available if required.

Course Accredited or Approved by the following bodies:

Accredited Certified & Insurable Course - Price £165.00

This advanced massage courses is for therapists with a full body massage level 3 qualification only.

Not sure your qualification will be accepted?

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 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 a 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.

What is Manual Lymph Drain Massage good for?

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.

It has been cited as having a positive effect on:
  • Problem skin & cellulite
  • Dysfunctional respiratory systems
  • People with low energy
What are the benefits of manual lymph drain massage?
  •     Facilitates general feeling of health and vitality
  •     Improves appearance of skin, reduces puffiness, water retention especially during pregnancy and assists with poor circulation.
  •     Stimulates the lymphatic system, boosting the immunity
  •     As with other massage, it can help with pain from fractures and sprains and rheumatism, and it promotes the body's own healing mechanisms.

Cancer Treatment Information

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 unless active cancer or an undiagnosed lump - in the case of a tumour, if it has not been removed or is not under medical control.

Contra indication:  Active cancer patients or an undiagnosed lump - in the case of a tumour, if it has not been removed or is not under medical control.

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's 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 standalone 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

Post Cancer & Mastectomy Therapy

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
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Please note this is an advanced massage course. Please Check you have the right qualifications for this Course Before Booking - CLICK HERE

You are required to have previous massage experience.

You must have a level 3 in Full Body Massage or a Level 3 in Sports massage to be accepted which is an ITEC, VTCT, BTEC level 3 or similar qualification.

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.

A qualification in reflexology or Indian head massage cannot be accepted as this is not full body massage.

Certificates, Times, Venue and Balance Payment Information.

Certificates are given on the day of training, a recognised Gateway Diploma qualification.

For course times, venue information, what to wear etc please use/click on the information tabs above where this information can be found.

The balance of the course fee is paid direct to the tutor and they will contact you by email as soon as the deposit is paid for the course.

Course Manuals

All course manuals are included in the price of the course - you will get a bound hard copy course manual given to you on the day of your training.

Our Extra Gifts to You!

You will also get a complimentary Anatomy and Physiology manual as our gift to you - worth £10!
This is given to you when you sign up for a course as an e-manual, via a link in your course confirmation from your tutor.

You do NOT have to read this before your course.

You do NOT have to bring it with you as it is for later reference if you need it.

It is an extra manual to save you having to buy Anatomy and Physiology books later saving you money.

We also send you the Gateway therapist accounts package after you have completed a course with us - complimentary worth £10!

Course Accreditations

This course is insurable, accredited or approved by the professional bodies, FHT, Guild of Holistic Therapists, ABT - Associated Beauty Therapists, Towergate, Thinktree, CTHA.

For more information, see Accreditation & Entry Requirements information tab above

Certifications/Qualifications Attained

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

Why book with us - Accredited, Established, Trusted, Recognised and Insurable Qualifications

15 CPD course points has been awarded for this course by the beauty guild, 5 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.

Certificate - Insurance - Brands

Why is our course so popular?

This is because the certification we give you allows a student to work with which ever particular brand they choose to purchase later and use with their clients.

Importantly as we teach effective and safe methods with products our tutors love to use but do not insist on the students who attend to have to continue with any one given brand afterwards to gain insurance and use what they have learned with us professionally.

This then allows students to make their own choice of brand and also means that they are not tied by any particular brand when it comes to their insurance, so should they ever have a problem and if a claim is made and they have changed brand, they would still be covered (please check this with your insurance provider) giving you a lot more flexibility.

This also means you are not tied into buying brands from us which is very restrictive which only makes the school you are buying them from money but does not benefit you. This means the certificate you gain with us gives you the freedom to use what ever brand you wish, the tutors can guide you to good products but ultimately it is your choice!

Why Book with us?

We are an award winning school, Number One Training School (out of over 80 schools) in the Beauty Industry Survey - By The Guild of Beauty and Holistic Therapists.

And Voted The Guild Awards of Excellence 'Best Training School' by students and won mulitple years in a row! We maintain high standards and are proud of our team of passionate and caring tutors.

When you book with us you have peace of mind we have a proven track record - established in 1998 and accredited by the top professional bodies.

Who do we train?

Every year we train thousands of therapists, from Champneys Health Resort, large professional salons like Dior, leading hotels like the Mandarin Oriental Spa at the Knightsbridge 5 star hotel, the Sanctuary, John Lewis Spa, Bobbi Brown, Channel 4 as well as training therapists and complete beginners who come to us at one of our many venues.

Feedback from our Students

Feedback from Carole Hopkins

My tutor was welcoming and put everyone at ease right away. Her teaching was easy to follow and her instructions clear. She made the whole day a very pleasant experience and I feel confident to practise MLD now. A big thank you to her. I will be back.


Feedback from Fionnuala Cullum

The course was very informative and well structured. The practical was explained in easy to follow steps and the tutor was more than happy to answer any questions or to repeat something I didn't understand.The tutor was very friendly. It was obvious she was passionate about the topic and wanted to share her knowledge with others. She explained things clearly and kept making sure that I understood the subject matter.

I was concerned that I wouldn't be able to learn the practical element of a massage in one day but I left the course feeling confident and ready to start using it in my clinic. I would consider doing another course.


Feedback from Elaine Ellis

I really enjoyed the course. It was taught at a good pace, tutor was very knowledgeable and approachable. She explained any questions we had and had plenty of time for each of us.

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