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SDU: Basic Introduction to Manual Lymph Drainage (Vodder Technique) for Massage Therapists with Nicolla McGill @ Bellus Academy
May 20 @ 8:30 am – 6:00 pm

Basic Introduction to Manual Lymph Drainage (Vodder Technique) for Massage Therapists

Date:   May 20th, 2018    9am-6pm

Registration begins: 8:15am, Class begins: 9 am, Lunch: 12:30pm – 1:30pm, Class resumes: 1:30 pm – 6pm

This Introductory Manual Lymph Drainage course is based on the techniques developed by Dr. Emil Vodder, Ph.D., MT. 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.

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 for the neck, face and abdomen.

Instructor Bio:

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 in 2003, Nicola received extensive training in the field of oncology massage which she utilizes in her clinic together with Aromatherapy and MLD.

In 2010, Nicola received her Lymphedema Therapy Certification through Klose Training and Consulting. She also received education in Breast Cancer Rehabilitation and Head and Neck Lymphedema Management. In 2011, Nicola became an MLD instructor with Klose Training and Consulting, travelling throughout the USA instructing a 6 day certification class in Manual Lymphatic Drainage.

Since May 2008, Nicola has been on staff at Boulder Community Hospital (BCH) and Boulder Center for Cancer Survivorship 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 Cancer Center (RMCC) and the BCH team of healthcare providers.

CE hours:8 AMTA & NCBTMB approved. Attendees who arrive on time and stay for entire class receive the 8 CE hours and must be present to receive their certificate. AMTA provider #451040-09

For Questions: Contact Sarah Brekke, Education Co-chair at

Location:        Bellus Academy

13266 Poway Rd

Poway, CA 92064



  Pre-registration At the Door (cash or check only)
AMTA members $80 $90
Students with valid ID $40 $50
Non-members $100 $110


To pre-register go to Eventbrite:

Please be prompt. Late arrivals may attend but will not be able to receive CE certification. Attendees who arrive on time and stay for the entire class receive 8 NCBTMB CEUs.

Refunds:  If you cancel your participation 7 days or more prior to the workshop, you will receive a full refund (minus any credit card/service fees). If you cancel 2-6 days prior to the workshop, you will be given credit towards the next SD unit workshop.  Same day cancellations and no shows will not be refunded nor credited for future workshops.

Class is limited to 30 people. Register early to hold your place. AMTA members have priority.

What to Bring:  Massage tables, set of sheets, pillow and bolster if desired, comfortable clothing, note taking material.  Course handouts will be provided.

VOLUNTEERS REQUESTED:  We are requesting volunteers to help with check-in, set-up and hospitality (snack/lunch set-up) for this class.  Please email Sarah Brekke at SDeducation@amta-ca.orgto sign up to volunteer.

Light snacks and lunch will be provided, however you may bring your own. Folks with dietary restrictions are encouraged to bring their own.

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