MLD Training Ltd.
MLD Training Ltd.


Manual Lymph Drainage, Dr. Vodder Method.
Courses are held variously in London (Ealing), Lymington and/or Brockenhurst (Hampshire). All students must complete Basic before going on to Therapy 1. Therapy 1 is an exam course and certifies you to work on people with an intact lymph system. Therapies II & III concentrate on patients with a non-functioning lymph system.


5 Days

Entry Requirements:

In order to enrol on a Basic level course in the Original Dr. Vodder Method you need to provide evidence of pre-existing levels of relevant training and experience as detailed below. Anything less is considered to be insufficient in preparing the prospective student for the rigours of Dr. Vodder's MLD training and subsequent clinical practise.

General: A grounding in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology (A, P & P) studies together with a background and/ or experience of working with the general public in physical and/or medical matters.

Medical: Those people with a medical background such as doctor, nurse, chiropractor, osteopath or physiotherapist are acceptable based on their A, P & P and their experience of people.

Non-Medical: A person with 200+ hours which include;

  • Detailed A, P & P lectures (which must total a minimum of 94 real hours of the 200 +)
  • "Supervised" clinical practise sessions or experience
  • Exam success

This equates approximately to NVQ Level 4 and units 418, 419 and 383.

Proof of your qualifications and/or medical registration number need to be submitted with your completed application form. Photocopies are acceptable.

If you are not sure whether your existing qualifications meet the requirements then please contact the office on 01590 676 988 for clarification.


To provide each student with:

  1. An overview of the lymphatic system with specific references to the application of MLD
  2. Enough practical skills to start learning how to do MLD in a variety of situations.


Each of the five days is divided into theoretical lectures, practical demonstrations and students do practical work on each other to hone their skills. The course is the first stage of MLD training, as there is no exam so at the end of the course you are only entitled to practice on friends or family members with a healthy lymphatic system. You will also have to sign a declaration that you will not otherwise treat anybody else or to teach MLD. In order to progress to working on the general public - with healthy lymphatic systems - you will need to complete a Therapy 1 course and to pass the associated exams. There is no case study work involved.


When the course is completed, each student is issued with a certificate of attendance. The certificate gains the student entry to any Dr. Vodder School Therapy 1 course held in the UK and worldwide.

Course Dates Locations
26 - 30 October 2015 Hampshire
9 - 13 May 2016 London
24 - 28 October 2016 Hampshire


5 Days

Entry Requirements: Students must have completed a Dr Vodder Method Basic course with an accredited Dr. Vodder School teacher.

Aims: To help each student develop the manual skills and theoretical understanding of MLD to a level where s/he can work on the general public.

Method: The course is similar to that in Basic but with additional techniques to learn - both theoretical and practical - towards attaining the necessary Certificate.

Examinations: Exams are held on the final day. There is one written theory and five practical exams.

Certification: Successful completion of the course earns the student a certificate issued through MLD Training with the authority of the Dr Vodder-Akademie, Austria. This allows the Therapy 1 level MLD therapist to work on the general public for minor conditions.

Course Dates Locations
15 - 19 February 2016 Hampshire
13 - 17 June 2016 London


11 day course

Entry Requirements: Students must hold a valid Therapy 1 Certificate.

Aims: This course advances the Therapy 1 practitioner to a level of skill where s/he can use MLD to treat specific pathologies - including Lymphoedema and Lipodema - applying Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy (DLT/CDT). This is an intensive course and requires the student to develop their understanding of applying MLD in specific situations.

Method: Therapies II & III is usually run in two 6-day segments with two days free between them. Theory lectures are given by a medical expert in the field of MLD and Lymphoedema. Specific sequences and various bandaging techniques are covered in the practical sessions. Measuring and fitting 'made-to-measure' and 'off-the-shelf' compression garments is covered in a special session.

Examinations: There is one written theory exam, three practical exams on the tutor, two bandaging examinations and one combined exam, which covers technique and correct treatment protocols.

Certification: Successful students gain a certificate confirming their status as fully qualified Vodder Certified MLD Therapists with special training in DLT (Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy) accredited through the Dr Vodder-Akademie, Austria. A satisfactory skills review every two years is mandatory in order to retain the qualification.

Course Dates Locations
8 - 19 August 2016 Brockenhurst College, Hampshire

MLD Training Review days:

3-day review/refresher courses are held at least twice yearly in London for qualified therapists. They can be used to re-certify therapists at Basic or Therapy 1 level or as practice sessions for anyone above those levels.

Topic Content
First Day Covers all the basic moves in fine detail, some of the Basic routines and theory questions you may have
Second Day Covers all the extra movements taught in Therapy I and anything not completed on Basic Day. You need a copy of your Therapy 1 or Therapy II & III certificate to book for this one.
Therapy II & III Workshop & Bandaging Day Getting stale in your bandaging or haven't done any for a while? Then this is for you. Bandaging updates, new ideas and materials plus the chance to perfect the basics. You must bring your bandages with you and supply a copy of your Therapy II & III certificate.
Course Name Course Dates Locations
First Day 5 July 2016 London
Second Day 6 July 2016 London
Theory Recap 7 July 2016 London