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Lymphatic Drainage/Manual Lymph Drainage


Lymphatic Drainage/Manual Lymph Drainage

This is a group for those doing this wonderful work to share, ask questions, glean advice or enlightenment.

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Comment by Ofelia Margarita Sierra on January 18, 2018 at 8:12pm

Does anyone have experience doing lymphatic massage on post-lipo/ Brazilian Butt Lift people? It's difficult for them to lay on their butt and their stomach. Aside from doing it side to side, would a prenatal pillow work? That way, their butts can dangle in the hole. Sounds funny, but very serious. 

Comment by Julia Morrow on January 20, 2017 at 11:05pm

Richard, glad you are a mbr of S4om! I see you are in San Jose. Today I and several other people started a 10-day CLT class in Santa Cruz. Klose Training. Why arent you here??! :)

Comment by Sharon Houlihan on January 18, 2017 at 8:16pm

Hello Richard,

I have been doing Lymphatic Drainage for 10 yrs. now, and I love it. It's one of the best career decisions I ever made. It is a technique that can be used in so many different venues. While I don't know anything about Carmen Thompson's workshops (I trained w/the Dr. Vodder School North America), I think you should know a few facts before taking any Lymphedema Certification course. First of all, if you are planning on working a lot w/Lymphedema patients, you will probably need to accept insurance. Lymphedema can be an expensive condition to treat. Bandaging & other supplies don't come cheap, and most patients can't or won't pay out of pocket. And, regarding insurance, Medicare doesn't pay for Massage Therapists to treat Lymphedema patients. They only pay PTs, PTAs, OTs,  & OTAs to do the job, no matter how ill trained they are. And, some other insurance companies over the years have followed their lead. It doesn't matter how good you are, It's the LMT after your name that does you in, not the CLT. I was fortunate enough to work for 5 years at a small Massage Therapist owned Lymphedema clinic. Many local physicians considered my boss to be the best Therapist in the area. He got results where many PTs failed, because we treated the individual. However,  the clinic struggled for many years because of insurance issues. I'm not trying to scare you, but I think you should know what you are up against. If you want only to do maintenance, i.e., post-therapy, or preventive therapy you may be able to do that more easily. Finally, if you want to be LANA certified, you will need to take some college science courses, if you don't have any. LANA usually doesn't accept massage school science credits. Finally, finally, I loved the work. And, I only left it because I needed to increase my income, and decrease the stress.

Comment by Richard C Rhodes on January 18, 2017 at 5:26pm

Hello.  I have just joined this group.  I have completed my S4OM Oncology Massage Preferred Practitioner (OMPP) training and am currently doing volunteer oncology massage.  My next step is to become certified to do all types of lymphatic work, including primary and secondary lymphadema.  I am interested in Carmen Thompson's 135-hour MLD-CDP/CLT workshops, approved by both NLN and LANA.  Does anyone have any experience with this training ( ?

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Comment by Cate Clark on August 21, 2012 at 6:47am

Last year, I certified in MLD through KLOSE training in Santa Fe. Most sessions in my practice are integrated massage or a specific bodywork modality such as ION Detox Foot Bath, CrainoSacral, reflexology and MLD. Frankly, I do as many MLD sessions on myself as I do for clients. I am finding that my interest in MLD is teaching self-care. Lots to learn before starting to teach!

Comment by Julia Morrow on April 6, 2012 at 2:16pm

Anyone signed up for the June Santa Fe MLD class from Peregrine? :)

Comment by Allison Ishman on March 13, 2012 at 7:46pm

Last day for early registration - Apr 13 Lymph Drainage

Intro to Lymphatic Drainage 
Apr 13, Jul 13, Oct 12
5 CEs $79

Full Lymphatic Drainage Weekend 
Apr 13, Jul 13, Oct 12
19 CEs $499/$549

Lymph Drainage Practicum 1 
May 10, Aug 9, Nov 8
8 Ces $199

Lymph Drainage Practicum 2 
Jun 14, Sep 3, Dec 13
8 CEs $199

Comment by Jesse MacLean on October 19, 2011 at 1:47pm
Cupping Therapy is one of the most effective methods of Lympatic Drainage available.
The International Cupping Therapy Association's 2012 Schedule is now available at  Or, jump directly to the 2012 schedule here.

You will find the Contemporary Cupping Methods scheduled all over the US and several dates in Canada. 


Comment by Susan Casale on February 28, 2011 at 2:31pm

Have any MTs here taken the Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) class through the Norton School? I have looked into the schools which provide the LANA prerequesites and they seem like a reputable program. I am looking at the training in greater Boston in July.


It's a lot of cash though! So, I was hoping to hear a positive reference about them or other programs. They do incorporate Dr. Vodder methods in their training.


I would sincerely appreciate feedback on training programs if anyone has any feedback to offer. (Don't be shy!)


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