Regardless of which teacher or location you choose, the certification process to becoming a qualified Vodder MLD Therapist is the same the world over.

In one of the biggest changes to the teaching of the Original Dr. Vodder method of Manual Lymph Drainage since Dr. Vodder himself invented it in the 1920’s and 1930’s, The Dr. Vodder Akademie (Austria) and all of its associated schools worldwide have changed the names of the course levels, gone digital with the theory lectures and put in place a two prong study approach.

What used to be called `Basic’ is now called Level 1. What used to be called Therapy I & II is now called Level 2. What used to be called Therapy II & III is now called Level 3. Much easier and a welcome change.

The Level 1 Theory element of the Level 1 course is now available on an E-learning platform which the student can access whenever and where ever they wish. These E-learning theory lectures have been designed by the Medical Doctors of the Dr. Vodder Academy (Austria) as an easy to follow, on-line power point slide show with lectures. Each lecture covers a specific aspect thoroughly and the lectures vary in their length from 15 minutes to 47minutes. The student will be able to watch and listen to each lecture as often as they wish. They’ll be able to stop half way through a lecture and go back to it later if they like and can print off the workbook PowerPoint slides if they wish.

With complete flexibility, every student can study as and when it is convenient to their schedule. This also means less time off work and family commitments as it shortens the practical element of the Level 1 and 2 Courses from 5 days to 4 days.*

It is estimated that the average time required to complete the lecture series is around 25/30 hours. Some may complete it more quickly and others may wish to take more time.

Once a student has been accepted on to a Dr. Vodder MLD Level 1 Course they will be sent an `access code’. Each code is unique to each student, can only be used once and cannot be used by anyone else. After completing the lecture series and when they are ready, they access the on-line exam which is multiple choice and should take about an hour to complete.

On the first day of the practical element of the Level 1 course, the student will be given another code which allows access to the demonstration movie which shows all of the routines which we will be demonstrating and doing during the Practical element of the course. Invaluable after the course to practise and help remember the routines. This replaces the old DVD’s that used to be provided and is a significant decrease in plastics use which we all applaud!

For Level 2, the theory having been already covered before Level 1, we start straight in with the practical element. Another code will be issued to each participant to access the on-line practical demonstrations for this level. These are demonstrated in class as well. Level 2 finishes with a series of practical exams. Successful students are awarded with a Certification which allows them to work on people with an intact and viable lymph system. Post-surgery is a popular application for Dr. Vodder’s MLD as are situations such as hip and knee replacements, shoulder injuries, migraine and many others.

Level 3 theory will still be given by a Medical Lecturer – Dr. Anne F. Williams in the UK - as part of the class room time. The practical demonstrations given during the 2 week course will be supported by another code giving access to the on-line demonstrations for this level. If a student wishes to only use MLD for lymphoedema, they can now short cut straight from Level1 to Level 3. The Level 3 theory exam is taken in class and the fortnight ends with a series of practical exams. Success ensures the student is awarded with a Level 3 Certification in the Dr. Vodder Method of MLD which allows them to work on the more medical aspects of our work such as lymphoedema, lipoedema and post-cancer difficulties.

The Certificates awarded for Levels 1,2 and 3 are valid world-wide according to each Country’s regulations.

Practical sessions include demonstrations and then students work on each other learning routines for all parts of the body. These sessions are closely supervised and class sizes are kept small to maximise each students potential.

There are two different qualifications that can be awarded. Level 2 for those that work with clients who have a healthy lymph system and Level 3 for those who intend to work in a medical setting with patients who have a compromised lymph system.

All Dr. Vodder qualifications are subject to a recertification every two years. These qualify for CPD credits and there are a number of review and re-certification days available worldwide.

* Please note that some teachers may choose to offer a 5 day course or a combined Level 1 and 2 course. Check with your course provider.

Level 1

The Level 1 course is a pre-requisite for all other Therapy Courses. This is a post-graduate course and you must show proof of having gained a good grounding in Anatomy and Physiology along with training in, and at least one years practise of, some form of body work. Please click here for more detail on the entrance requirements.

Most applicants are massage therapists, aromatherapists, nurses, physiotherapists etc. If you are in doubt about your current qualifications please ask your Course Teacher for clarification.

As a foundation course the Level 1 course is not an exam course and therefore you are not qualified or certified to work on the general public. You are awarded a certificate of attendance which does qualify for CPD credits.

Level 2

Once you have completed the Level 1 course your next step will be a Level 2 course. This is an exam course. Successful completion of a Vodder MLD Level 2 course certifies you to work on the general public and apply Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) to people with an intact and functioning lymph system.

Level 3

If you wish, you can continue your studies by learning the more medical applications of Dr. Vodders Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD). This is a two week course held once a year in the UK. This is also an exam course and successful completion certifies you to work with patients who have a compromised lymph system such as those with lymphoedema.

Theoretical sessions, which include treatment protocols for various medical situations, are taught by Dr. Anne Williams.

Practical sessions include treatment protocols for various oedemas and introduce the student to bandaging with both short and long stretch bandages.

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