Manual Lymphatic Drainage Certification for Massage Therapists (45 Hours Online + 5 Days Classroom Training, 90 CE hrs Total)

MLD certification is recommended for massage therapists who find themselves seeing more and more medically complex clients and wanting to “do no harm”. Its also recommended for MTs seeing clients with edema, bruising, pain, or inflammation that simply cannot tolerate, or should not receive, deep tissue massage or less specific types of body work. Clients with a past history of oncology care, patients who have had lymph nodes removed or radiated, or those with venous insufficiency related edema all need specific manual skills that stem from specialized training.

With this certification, you would be able to safely treat lymphatic congestion of the whole body, including symptoms of lupus, arthritis, RA, osteoarthritis, Lyme disease, chronic fatigue, and fibromyalgia. In addition, you will be able to safely perform MLD to decrease congestion in a limb that has been affected by injury, surgery or lymph node removal or chemo/radiation. Aesthetics, cellulite, lymphatic facial detoxification, wrinkles, scarring, and swelling due to surgical procedures will also be addressed as well as primary pathologies, lipedema and venous insufficiency.

A massage therapist who is certified in MLD is able to act as an extension of health care services treating more acute, medically complex patients. Portions of this certification course are attended in concert with licensed physical and occupational therapists, nurses, and physicians, making it a unique opportunity to network and collaboratively problem solve case studies requiring both acute and long-term management. At the same time, Massage Therapists will enjoy 2 days of dedicated time for MT-only sessions, in order to provide a customized training for the unique needs of your practice.

More Info - Why MLD Certification is Important for MTs


Educational Level & Who Should Attend: Advanced education for Massage Therapists.

Pre-requisites: MTs must have completed a 500 hour or more educational program.


Live Training with E-workbook and hands on workshop. Supplies provided.

Attendance of the entire program is required to receive CE credits and a Certificate of Completion.


This course is pre-approved for continuing education for MTs through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB).

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