Foundation: Level 1

Discount available:   If Level 1 and Level 2 are booked at the same time then the cost of both courses together drops to £1,200 with a single non-refundable deposit of £500 to secure your place.

Please note:   Only once 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, and 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 rigors of Dr. Vodder’s MLD training and subsequent clinical practice.

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 please email the office, [email protected] for clarification.


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.