Sarah Bellhouse

Sarah combines clinical practice with teaching the Vodder Level 1 Manual Lymphatic Drainage Course. She is an accredited Level 1 Manual Lymph Drainage teacher with the Vodder School, Austria.

She works as an independent manual lymph drainage and combined decongestive therapy practitioner in South Oxfordshire, and provides a service for local Primary Care Trusts. She treats people with a wide range of conditions, including lymphoedema, and has a particular interest in treating those who have had joint replacements.

Sarah is a Registered Nurse and Health Visitor. She has worked in the NHS as a clinical nurse and health visitor, and later in managerial roles. While working in the NHS she trained in remedial massage at the Clare Maxwell Hudson School of Massage, London, and then undertook training in Vodder Manual Lymphatic Drainage with Hildegard Wittlinger.

In 1993 she was one of the 6 founding members of MLD UK and became its first secretary. This charity was set up to ensure high standards of training and practice of MLD in the UK.

She has taught the manual lymphatic drainage component on the Lymphoedema Key Workers course in Oxford. She developed and taught, with a clinical colleague, a simple lymph drainage course.

In 2008, she undertook the City and Guilds Preparing to Teach Adult Learners course (7303), and plans to gain the diploma in Teaching in the Life Long Learning Sector.


She is flexible about where and when she teaches and is happy to travel. She has taught courses in Wales, the Midlands, the West Country and Oxfordshire for various hospitals and complementary therapy schools.

The number of students in a class is deliberately limited to a maximum of 12, more usually 10. This enables her to spend individual time with each student, working on specific hand movements.

She uses a mixture of teaching methods including demonstrations, lectures and discussions, to accommodate student-preferred learning styles. She designs the course to be as interactive as possible and encourages students to ask questions. Experience has taught her that adult learners progress best in a relaxed and stress free atmosphere.

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