Basic Course Description

  • Basic Body Content

    Basic Vodder MLD full body technique, strokes, sequences, indications, lymph system function

  • Length

    5 days (40 hours)

  • Hours

    8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

  • Tuition

    $1125 (US$) before discounts, exc. at PMTI

    (set by sponsor within guidelines, ask about discounts.)

  • Continuing Education

    40 CEs Via NCBTMB. CE PROVIDER: Dr. Vodder School International (DVSI)

  • Prerequisites

    Licensed or certified massage therapist, Esthetician, PT, OT, or other health care professional license, (500 hours of massage certificate, or NCTMB Exam Certified). (More Details)

  • Student Materials (included): Student handbook / workbook; Dr. Vodder School Lecture Notes (Text); DVD of all strokes / sequences, and more.

  • Student: Recommend bring to class: 1 set sheets, 1 towel, highlighter, loose clothing.

  • Support: Gay Lee provides extensive pre- and post- course preparation and study materials, including practice management, continuing education opportunities, tutoring, and more. (More Details)

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Course Objectives for MLD Basic Body Class

This course teaches the original Dr. Vodder method of Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD).

The objectives of the practical part of the course (32 hours) are:

  1. To teach the student an effective, light, subtle technique.
  2. To teach the 4 Basic strokes of MLD, their application to various body parts with the necessary sequencing.
  3. To integrate the theory into practical experience.
  4. To prepare the student for the therapy courses in Dr. Vodder's Manual Lymph Drainage.

The objectives of the theory part of the course (8 hours) are:

  1. To familiarize the student with the history and context of the Dr. Vodder method of Manual Lymph Drainage and Combined Decongestive Therapy.
  2. To familiarize the student with the anatomy of the lymph system and related structures in the connective tissue.
  3. To give the student an understanding of fluid exchange between blood vessels, connective tissue and lymph vessels, and the various forces affecting fluid movement.
  4. To teach the student how MLD affects various systems in the body, specifically the nervous, smooth muscle, drainage and immunological systems.
  5. To give the student an understanding of how pathologies arise through disruption of the lymph and circulatory systems, and a description of various types of edema.
  6. To make the student aware of the contraindications for MLD.
  7. To give the student an understanding of the context of MLD as a treatment modality and the types of disorders that can be treated with it.
  8. To familiarize the student with current research into MLD therapy.

Text © Dr. Vodder School International 11/08/06 Used by Permission of Dr. Vodder School International P.O. Box 5121, Victoria, B.C. Canada V8R 6N4 Tel: (250) 598-9862, Fax: (250) 598-9841 A division of Vodder Schools International.

Learn the Basic Dr Vodder MLD full body technique, strokes, sequences, indications, lymph system function, theory, anatomy, indications, and more.

Portrait of Gay Lee Gulbrandson Gay Lee Gulbrandson is an internationally renowned Vodder MLD teacher. She also has a thriving massage therapy practice in Berkeley, California. She has been a certified Dr. Vodder therapist since 1996 and a teacher of Vodder MLD since 2002. Gay Lee will give each student individual practical instruction to help them develop the skills required to attain the best possible results with their clients. Gay Lee (BA) is certified via CLT-LANA, BCTMB, CAMTC, CMT, and Dr Vodder School International.