Course: Lymphatic Drainage


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.

Pre-requisites: Swedish Massage
Certificate obtained:
Duration: 4 days
Mode of Training: Online and in-person (Cape Town)

Pricing and Registration:

In-person, no kitR4,000 Add to basket
OnlineR2,800Add to basket

Why this course

Manual Lymphatic drainage techniques facilitate the removal of metabolic wastes, excess water, toxins, bacteria, large protein molecules, and foreign substances from tissue via the initial lymph vessels and the venous capillaries. In addition it relaxes the sympathetic nervous system, reduces pain, and enhances the activity of the immune system.    

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.  

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
Identify basic elements of the anatomy of the lymphatic system and recognize the associated scientific terminology.
Differentiate between the normal and diseased states of the lymphatic system (physiology and pathophysiology of the lymphatic system).
Identify indications and contraindications related to the use of MLD.
Competently perform the techniques of MLD for all body areas.
Devise appropriate MLD sequences for indications such as post-surgical edema, post-traumatic edema, fibromyalgia, general detoxification and other conditions.
Competently perform MLD sequences appropriate for clients who have undergone breast surgery for cancer (clients who are at risk of developing lymphedema).
Competently perform MLD sequences appropriate for clients with mild, medically-uncomplicated primary or secondary lymphedema.

Course content

Background and Benefits Related Anatomy & Physiology Contra-indications
Client consultation and record keeping
Techniques for a full body routine you can use with your clients
Health, safety and hygiene

Students need

Bring someone with to most classes to practice on

Your Instructor

You will be trained by Brenda-Lee Paul, who is the Principal and main lecturer at the International School. Brenda-Lee also runs a detox centre and a Lifestyle Detox Health Farm.

Brenda-Lee has 28 years experience in the beauty industry and runs several businesses. She has worked and trained in Netherlands, USA, Italy, Africa and many other countries.

Clients comments: “I’ve been to the most expensive Beauty School in Cape Town, but I have never received such quality hands-on training as given by Brenda-Lee. At a previous expensive college I came away unsure and “shaky” to give a treatment, but through Brenda-Lee’s training, I have confidence to give good advice and treatments”

Pricing and Registration:

In-person, no kitR4,000 Add to basket
OnlineR2,800Add to basket

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