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Moving Lymph offers Internationally recognised Post-graduate Certificates and Recertification in the original Dr Vodder method of Manual Lymph Drainage.

Therapist Certificates:

Require a health qualification at AQF or NZQF level 5.

Aesthetician Certificates:

Require a Diploma in Beauty Therapy, Aromatherapy or any eligible Therapist qualification.

Online coursework

All Certificates begin with Level 1.

 

Taught by Accredited Dr Vodder School Instructors, Level 1 involves six-weeks of online theory followed by four-days of intensive hands-on practical instruction. The Online Coursework delivers all the fundamental theory required to understand the effects of MLD, and the Practical Course teaches all the original Dr Vodder hand movements and their application in drainage sequences for the nine body regions.

 

Online Coursework, allow 30 hours of home study.


Structured home study revolves around weekly online meetings over the six-weeks leading up to the Level 1 Practical. Home study utilises the Dr Vodder Academy International lectures which are available in 13 languages. The weekly meetings with your Instructor offer support and clarification on the course material and an opportunity to meet your classmates before the Level 1 Practical.

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Topics cover in-depth anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the human lymphatic system, and the known physiological responses and contraindications to the Dr Vodder method of MLD. A fundamental understanding of all body systems including standard anatomical and medical terminology is assumed.


It is expected that participants will have an existing clinical framework and understanding of the human anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology relevant to their current modality. This course will extend this knowledge into specialist information on the lymphatic system and its interactions with major body systems.

 

Required textbook

Dr. Vodder's Manual Lymph Drainage, A Practical Guide. H Wittlinger et al. 2nd Ed. ISBN: 9783132578746 

It is available in hard copy from most online booksellers, or in e-text or PDF from the publisher https://shop.thieme.de/en/Dr.-Vodder-s-Manual-Lymph-Drainage/9783132578746 
NB, the textbook is NOT included in the course registration fee.

 

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Level 1 Practical, 32 hours of face-to-face instruction.


Four days of intensive hands-on training in the original Dr Vodder techniques; stationary circles, pump, scoop and rotary technique. Effective lymph drainage sequences are learned for all superficial lymphatic drainage regions. The fundamental effects of MLD on lymph vessels, connective tissue and other body systems are discussed.

 

This is a full immersion into the outermost layers of the body - skin, subcutaneous tissue and superficial lymph vessels. You will learn how to very precisely create the correct degree of shearing force in the tissues to achieve the unique effects of Dr Vodder's technique. 

A 70% pass in the Theory exam and 100% attendance at the Level 1 Practical is required to progress to the next Level. There are no Practical assessments and the Level 1 Certificate is not a full Dr Vodder qualification.

Required reading (not included with registration)

Dr Vodder's Manual Lymph Drainage, A Practical Guide. 2nd Ed Wittlinger & Wittlinger

Level 2 Prac

Level 2. Dr Vodder's Certificate in Applied MLD   

 

This is where you learn how to apply MLD in the treatment of multiple pathologies where the lymph system remains intact. You will not learn these 'Special' techniques in any other school, and they are a key factor that sets the Dr Vodder method apart from other lymphatic drainage courses.

 

I feel very fortunate to have completed my MLD training with Jan. If you are sitting on the fence about enrolling, this is your prompt to take the plunge! It was a challenging yet rewarding experience, made all the more greater by Jan's teaching and the group of like-minded therapists in the course. 

Claire Greenaway

Dr Vodder Applied MLD Therapist, NSW

Pathologies covered include, but are not limited to;

  • Dermatological problems such as psoriasis

  • Respiratory conditions

  • Post-COVID syndrome

  • Post liposuction and other cosmetic surgeries

  • Chronic inflammation

  • Autoimmune conditions

  • Sinusitis

  • Migraine

  • Bursitis, encapsulitis and tendonitis in any joint

  • Whiplash and fracture injuries

  • Traumatic injury

  • Post-surgical oedema

  • Sporting injuries and trigger points

  • Chronic pain including CRPS

  • Trigeminal neuralgia

  • Fibromyalgia

Effective lymph drainage techniques are taught for the reduction of all acute and chronic pain and inflammation which are safe, gentle and pain free for the client. You will learn to locate and drain even the tiniest pockets of inflammation which may be preventing tissue healing. 

 

Clinical reasoning is taught through case-based group exercises and a wide range of pathologies are discussed. These discussions are extended beyond the Level 2 Practical during weekly Virtual Student Clinics. There are six structured clinics for each Level 2 and Graduates have access to all Virtual Clinics for a further 12 months.

There are practical assessments on MLD technique, sequences and treatment planning. Graduates are awarded the Dr Vodder Certificate in Applied MLD issued by Dr Vodder Schools International.

 

100% attendance is required and it is recommended that you practice the techniques each evening. 

80% attendance is expected at the student clinics.
 

"Dr Vodder's Applied MLD is an intensive course that provides a great in depth understanding of the lymphatic system and why it is so important for a healthy body. By just practicing the techniques I was learning on my family while doing the course I could see the initial benefits of manual lymphatic drainage." 

Ainslie Davies, Dr Vodder Applied MLD Therapist, Perth WA.

Automatic recognition

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CDT

 * undergraduate criteria apply, see the ALA website for further information.

Level 3. Certificate in MLD and Combined Decongestive Therapy (Lymphoedema) 

Taught by Internationally recognised Instructors, this is the most comprehensive lymphoedema training available in Australia and the SE Asia region. Level 1 + level 3 are recognised by the Australasian Lymphology Association for the purposes of the Accredited Lymphoedema Practitioner Program*, and meet the requirements for all six competencies. 

You will receive seven-days of intensive hands-on instruction with Koby Blanchfield in the application of MLD for; primary and secondary lymphoedema, lipoedema and chronic venous insufficiency oedema in the context of complete therapy and including the application of multi-layer lymphoedema bandaging and garment prescription. 

There are two-days of advanced theoretical instruction with Professor Piller on the pathogenesis, assessment and management of chronic oedema. Allow approximately 15 hours for pre-reading including the required text Lymphedema Diagnosis and Therapy, Weissleder & Schuchhardt. 

 

Clinical reasoning in the management of lymphoedema in all body parts is taught through case-based exercises, and Therapist mentoring continues via Virtual Student Clinics. Meetings are available weekly and are led by a number of Accredited Dr Vodder Instructors.  Graduates have access for 12 months.

There are theoretical and practical assessments on the application of MLD, bandaging techniques, and clinical reasoning. Graduates are awarded the Dr Vodder Certificate in manual Lymph Drainage and Comibiend Decongestive Therapy issued by Dr Vodder Schools International.

 

100% attendance is required and it is recommended that you practice the techniques each evening and on the study days. 

 

Required reading (not included with registration)

Lymphedema-Diagnosis and Therapy, Edited by  Horst Weissleder and Christian Schuchhardt.

Automatic recognition

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Aesthetician Certificates   

 

Aesthetician were the first professional group to recognise the decongestive benefits of MLD when the Vodder's first presented their new and original techniques to a Symposium in Paris in 1936. Since then MLD has been described as the worlds best kept beauty secret. But the cat is out of the bag again and with everyone from supermodels and body builders to plastic surgeons looking for MLD to improve their appearance, performance or cosmetic outcomes.

From Spa Wellness to breast augmentation, this is the course for Therapist working in Beauty and Medical Aesthetics settings.

Prerequisites:

  • Diploma of Beauty Therapy or any other eligible Health Professional

  • Level 1 Certificate (either ANF or AB)

  • Basic Neck and Face (ANF only)

Advanced Neck & Face Certificate

(BNF + ANF 5-days)

  • Rosacea

  • Acne

  • Post-cosmetic surgery

Advanced Body Certificate

(L1 + AB, 8-days)

  • Dermatological problems such as psoriasis

  • Post-liposuction and body-lift procedures

  • Spa Wellness​

There are practical assessments on MLD technique, sequences and treatment planning. Graduates are awarded the Dr Vodder Aesthetician Certificate in Advanced neck and Face or Advanced Body issue by Dr Vodder Schools International.

 

100% attendance is required and it is recommended that you practice the techniques each evening. 

80% attendance is expected at the student clinics.
 

Applied MLD Recertification.

Requires a Level 2 Certificate dated 2020 or later.

 

Two days intensive hands-on review on all the fundamental MLD techniques and sequences, and all the special techniques and their application to pathologies.

 

Participants will have the opportunity to present case studies and appraise relevant research papers via two, 2-hour interactive webinars prior to the Practical, and have access to all Virtual Clinics for a further 12 months.

Attendance at both days and both webinars qualifies the Therapist to be listed on the DVSI website in the category Applied MLD Therapist for a further two years.

L2 Recert

MLD & CDT Recertification (Lymphoedema).

Requires a Level 3 Certificate dated 2020 or later or a Therapy I & II Certificate dated 2019 or earlier.

 

Two days intensive hands-on review on all the fundamental MLD techniques and sequences, and all the chronic oedema techniques including bandaging.

Participants will have the opportunity to present case studies and appraise relevant research papers via two, 2-hour interactive webinars prior to the Practical, and have access to all Virtual Clinics for a further 12 months.

Attendance at both days and both webinars qualifies the Therapist to be listed on the DVSI website in the category Lymphedema Therapist.

L3 Recert

Recertification for Therapists with a Therapy II & III Certificate dated 2019 and earlier.

 

Therapists with a Therapy II & III Certificate are welcome to attend the Level 3 Review and continue to be listed on the DVSI website in the category Lymphedema Therapist.

Therapists with a Therapy II & III Certificate are not eligible to attend the Level 2 Review and will need to upgrade to the Applied MLD Certificate.

The Therapy II & II format may still be taught in some countries and a combined Review may also be made available. See the DVSI website for courses outside Australasia.

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