2019 Manual Lymph Drainage —MLD Certification

Instructor: Nicola McGill, LLSA, LMT, BCTMB, CLT
Date: July 16-21 (Tue-Sun)
Hours: 45 hours
Price: $950; $900 Early Bird (by June 1) * See bottom of page for refund policy
Time: Tue-Sat 8am-5pm; Sun 8am-2pm

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Rene Janiece is not able to teach this class as previously planned. Nicola McGill will be the instructor.

ELIGIBILITY: This course is designed for Licensed/Registered Massage Therapists who have 500 hours of massage education or are certified through the NCBTMB. PTs, PTAs, OTs, COTAs, ATCs, and RNs may also take this course but should first consult with Klose Training to ensure it is appropriate for their needs. Upon registration you will be asked to provide a copy of your current license.

MLD Certification will help you to:

  • Gain valuable new skills
  • Attract more clients
  • Improve client outcome

Course Description:

This 6-day MLD certification course with KLOSE TRAINING is based on the techniques developed by Dr. Emil Vodder, Ph.D., MT. Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a very effective yet gentle manual technique that is easy on the therapist’s body and well tolerated by even highly-sensitive clients. MLD reduces swelling and detoxifies the skin and superficial fascia by promoting drainage within the superficial and deep systems of the lymph vascular network.

Instructor René Janiece establishes a supportive class environment in which you’ll learn the anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic system and effective MLD sequences that can reduce swelling and other symptoms associated with: Post-surgical edema; soft-tissue injuries; rheumatoid arthritis; fibromyalgia; whiplash; migraine headaches; PTSD; anxiety disorders; mild, medically-uncomplicated lymphedema; and more!

The MLD Advantage

Getting MLD-certified expands your skill set which will help you better serve your current clients. Some therapists find it beneficial to use MLD in every massage session in conjunction with other techniques.

Becoming certified will also attract new clients to your practice who require this special form of massage. PTs and OTs often refer their patients with lymphedema to LMT-CLTs for maintenance therapy.

MLD has many applications including:

  • As an adjunct therapy for clients who have been injured
  • For use with oncology patients who prefer a lighter massage
  • For treating post-surgical patients with edema (swelling)
  • To improve the QOL for hospice patients and those in palliative care
  • As an additional option to Swedish or relaxation massage
  • And more!

During this course, students will be instructed in basic MLD treatment sequences as well as MLD treatment sequences for mild, medically uncomplicated upper and lower extremity lymphedema. These sequences will be demonstrated and practiced. Each day will be divided into two sections: theoretical and hands-on application.

Course Objectives:
Participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the anatomy and the relevant scientific terminology related to the lymphatic system
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the differentiation between the normal and diseased states of the lymphatic system (physiology and pathophysiology of the lymphatic system)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the indications and contraindications related to the use of MLD
  • Competently perform the techniques of MLD for all body areas
  • Develop appropriate treatment strategies for indications such as post-surgical edema, post-traumatic edema, fibromyalgia, general detoxification and other conditions
  • Competently perform MLD on clients after breast surgery for cancer (clients at risk to develop lymphedema)
  • Competently perform MLD on clients with mild, medically uncomplicated, primary or secondary lymphedema

Please note: This course will not prepare the participant for the Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) treatment of lymphedema. Students who are so motivated must take an additional certification training course and meet other requirements of enrollment.

“The best continuing education course of my entire career.”

Instructor: Nicola McGill, LLSA, LMT, BCTMB, CLT has over 15 years of experience in the field of massage and bodywork both in the U.S. and the United Kingdom. She is a graduate of the London School of Aromatherapy and received diplomas in Reflex Touch and Manual Lymphatic Drainage in Professional Practice at Anglia Polytechnic University, U.K.Upon relocating to the U.S., Nicola received extensive training in the field of oncology massage – including scar tissue release for post-mastectomy patients – under the instruction of Gayle MacDonald, MS, LMT and Sandy Canzone, DOM. In 2010, Nicola received her Lymphedema Therapy Certification through Klose Training and Consulting. She also completed the Breast Cancer Rehabilitation, Head and Neck Lymphedema Management, and refresher MLD classes with Klose Training.

In her clinical practice, Nicola utilizes her bodywork skills as an aromatherapist, massage therapist, and MLD practitioner to treat a wide range of medical conditions, both chronic and acute, including conditions related to the respiratory, digestive, muscular-skeletal, nervous, and reproductive systems. She also provides individual aromatherapy consultations for clients requiring customized blends for skin care and general health-promoting practices.

Since May 2008, Nicola has been on staff at Boulder Community Hospital (BCH) as an Oncology Massage and Lymphedema Therapist. She promotes education and lymphedema risk-reduction practices at cancer support groups and individual treatment sessions while working alongside the Rocky Mountain Compassionate Communication Center (RMCCC) and the BCH team of healthcare providers.

Professional Memberships:

  • National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (BCTMB)
  • Associate Bodywork & Massage Professionals (Certified Member)
  • National Lymphedema Network (NLN)
  • Society for Oncology Massage
  • International Federation of Aromatherapists

MLD Certification Tuition and Refund Policy
The total tuition for the course is $950.00 (or early bird price of $900 if payment in full is received by June 1). A deposit of $100.00 is required at the time of registration and will hold your spot until the total amount is due three (3) weeks prior to the first day of class. Anyone cancelling her/his registration more than 3 weeks before the start of the class will receive a refund of their payment to date, by check within 10 business days, minus a non-refundable administrative charge of $100.00. No refund will be given for student cancellation less than three weeks prior to the start of the class, regardless of the reason for withdrawal or dismissal.