Basic & Advanced, Vodder Technique

NCBTMBNo prior lymphedema certification is required!

Course Description

This engaging 5½ day MLD Certification course is based on the techniques developed by Dr. Emil Vodder, Ph.D., MT. When skillfully applied, this therapeutic form of soft-tissue mobilization dramatically enhances lymph formation and promotes drainage within the superficial and deep systems of the lymph vascular network. MLD effectively reduces traumatic and post-surgical edema, and can provide symptomatic relief of migraine headaches, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), stress, fatigue, and more. MLD also induces general relaxation and detoxification.

During this course, students will be instructed in the anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic system and basic MLD treatment sequences will be demonstrated and practiced. In addition, MLD treatment sequences for mild, medically-uncomplicated upper and lower extremity lymphedema will be taught. Each day will be divided into two sections: theoretical and hands-on application.

After successful completion of the MLD certification class, students will receive their MLD certification from Klose Training. Students will be able to use “Certified Manual Lymph Drainage Therapist (CMLDT)“ as one of their professional credentials.

Course Educational Level: Introductory and Advanced
Instructional Methods: Hands-on lab and lectures.

AOTA Classifications: OT Process: Evaluation, Intervention, and Outcomes
Klose Training is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. AOTA Provider #6530. This live course is offered at 45 CEUs, educational level is intermediate. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

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Certificate/Continuing Education Credits (CEUs)

If you have any additional questions about the Manual Lymph Drainage course, please contact Ashley at Klose Training at 303-245-0333 or email

Upcoming Schedule

May 13 – 18, 2024 ♦ Phoenix (Scottsdale), Arizona
To join waitlist contact instructor Erin Maranjian at 970-218-1443 or Class is full. Waitlist only!

June 10 – 15, 2024 ♦ Delta, Colorado
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June 24 – 29, 2024 ♦ Portland (Beaverton), Oregon
Register online at or contact Geri Ruane at 512-758-3811 or Only 3 seats open!

July 1 – 6, 2024 *Guanacaste Province, Sámara, Costa Rica
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*The Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy requests that you arrive on June 30th and depart on July 7th. Click here for more information.

July 12 – 14 and 19 – 21, 2024 ♦ Bloomington, Minnesota
To register, call Northwestern Health Sciences University at 952-885-5446 or click here. 1 class over 2 weekends!

July 28 – August 2, 2024 ♦ Bozeman, Montana
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August 19 – 24, 2024 ♦ San Diego, California
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September 3 – 8, 2024 ♦ Albuquerque, New Mexico
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September 9 – 14, 2024 ♦ Providence, Rhode Island
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September 20 – 25, 2024 ♦ Denver (Westminster), Colorado
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October 7 – 12, 2024 ♦ Kansas City, Missouri
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October 11 – 13 and 18 – 20, 2024 ♦ Austin, Texas
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November 1 – 3 & 8 – 10, 2024 ♦ Seattle (Everett), Washington
Register online at or contact Geri Ruane at 512-758-3811 or 1 class over 2 weekends!

November 4 – 9, 2024 ♦ Waldoboro, Maine
To register, call 207-832-5531 or click here to register online.