Foundation: Level 1 - Please also see Important News page.

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The THEORY element is now available on an E-learning platform which you can access at your own pace. This will take you between 30 and 45 hours of reading, studying and watching the on-line lectures as well as the textbook. A successful (70% or bettter) exam MUST  be completed before attending the practical course. There is more information on the Important Information page.

The PRACTICAL element is  four days of class instruction.     For more detail of this process – please see below and also the “Important News” page.

Cost: Lymington : £950 with a deposit of £250.                       DATES:  The next available course is Oct. 29, 2024. 

Discount available:   If Level 1 and Level 2 are booked at the same time then the cost of both courses  together drops to £1,650 with a single non refundable deposit of £500 to secure your place.

Please note:   Only once  your application, the deposit and the signed Terms and Conditions has been received will your place will be confirmed and we will send you a code (Coupon) to access the Theory online.

Entry Requirements:

In order to enrol on a Level 1 course in the Original Dr. Vodder Method, we need to receive your application form, a signed agreement to our Terms and Conditions, your deposit and 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.

The Directors of the Dr Vodder Akademie International stipulate the following minimum standards to enrol on the Level 1 (Foundation) course:


Those people with a medical background such as doctor, nurse, chiropractor, osteopath or physiotherapist are acceptable.  Countries with a state registered massage therapist occupation (requiring a minimum of 2,200 hours of training) are included in this category.

Evidence of your qualification and/or medical registration number needs to be submitted with your completed application.   Photocopies/scans are acceptable.


People with other massage therapist training and qualifications need a minimum of 344 hours training and exam success.

The practical (hands-on) element must have been in the classroom or supervised for a minimum of 250 hours.   If home study and/or case histories formed part of the course these must have been documented and submitted for assessment by the course provider. The exams must have been taken in person and passed.

The theory elements (anatomy, physiology and pathology) must be for a minimum duration of 94 hours and may be in the classroom or home study (including on-line).   The exams must have been taken in person (and if on-line, at a supervised examination centre) and passed.

Proof of your qualifications and/or medical registration number need to be submitted with your completed application form. Photocopies or scans are acceptable.   If you no longer have the details, your course provider/s may be able to supply you with a copy or a letter of confirmation.   MLD Training is unable to carry out enquiries or research on your behalf.

If you are not sure whether your existing qualifications meet the requirements then you need to contact your previous course’s office for clarification of the number of hours you have completed.


To provide each student with:

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

Theory: Once you get your coupon (code) you will be able to access the online powerpoint lectures and slides. You will also need the text book “Dr. Vodder’s Manual Lymph Drainage. A Practical Guide” by Wittlinger. ISBN – 978-313-24-11-449 (Available from good bookshops or Amazon.) This requires 30 to 45 hours of study, reading and listening to the lectures before you attempt the online exam. You have to get a mark of 70% or more to pass the exam and  gain access to the practical part of the Level 1 course. The theory covers everything in Level 1 and 2 and introduces some of the Level 3 theory.

Practical: Each of the four days is devoted to practical demonstrations and students doing practical work on each other to hone their skills. This course is the first stage of learning MLD.  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 Level 2 course and to pass the associated exams. There is no case study work involved.


As there is no practical exam at the end of the course, you are only entitled to practise on family and friends with a healthy lymph system. 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 Level 2 or 3 course held in the UK and worldwide.

Cancellations and deposits: Should you wish to book early for a Level 2 or Level 3 course and either fail the previous course or decide that that’s as far as you wish to go you will be entitled to your deposit back, less £150 administration charge, as long as you contact us with-in 7 days ( including any weekend and/or holidays ) of the last day of your previous course. Otherwise all deposits are considered non refundable.

Apply for Level 1

    Please download this terms and conditions document, sign it, and upload it in the designated area.