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Lymphatic Drainage Massage for the Body Continuing Education CE


Lymphatic Massage for the Body (4.5 CE Hours) M79C


Lymphatic Massage for the Body (4.5 CE Hours) M79C

In this CE course on lymphatic massage, Meade Steadman, LMT, discusses how the lymphatic system works and how manual lymphatic drainage massage can help promote the proper function of this critical system. He demonstrates the strokes used in lymphatic massage and a complete routine for providing manual lymphatic drainage on the body for both men and women. In addition to written text, video excerpts are included for discussion of the topics and for visual, step-by-step demonstrations of lymphatic drainage massage techniques. Also included are: benefits and contraindications and post-treatment recommendations. Resources are included for licensing and further information.

This course is worth 4.5 CE hours

Course Objective:

After completion of this continuing education course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the general purpose of the lymphatic system
  • List three benefits of lymphatic massage
  • List at least ten conditions helped by lymphatic massage
  • List six contraindications for lymphatic massage
  • List six precautions for lymphatic massage
  • Discuss the three main components of the lymphatic system
  • Define lymph
  • Discuss the purpose of lymph vessels
  • List at least six lymph organs
  • Describe the purpose of bone marrow, spleen, and GALT in the lymphatic system
  • Identify the two types of lymphocytes
  • Identify six major groupings of nodes
  • Describe the lymphatic flow
  • Identify six potential problems with a blocked or overloaded lymphatic system
  • Define lymphatic drainage massage
  • Explain how drainage massage assists the lymphatic system
  • Discuss pressure, direction, rhythm, and sequence
  • Demonstrate the two main strokes used in lymphatic drainage massage
  • Perform lymphatic massage on the anterior side of the body Perform lymphatic massage on the posterior side of the body
  • List six post-treatment recommendations
  • Explain why each recommendation helps reduce the body’s toxic burden
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 75% or higher


Meade Steadman is a licensed massage therapist and instructor. He taught at the Myotherapy College of Utah and the Myotherapy Institute of Massage. In the classroom, he has taught Swedish, Sports, Acutherapy, Tai Chi, Hydrotherapy, Reflexology, Infant Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Contraindications, Chair Massage, Geriatric Massage, Specialized Spa Techniques, and Therapeutic Principles. He is also the featured expert in many award-winning instructional videos on various massage modalities. For 26 years he owned and managed Tranquil Touch™ LLC in Salt Lake City, UT. He has been a guest lecturer at the University of Utah, and has published in A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology (4th Edition) and Massage and BodyWork Magazine.

Customer Reviews:

“…I found the course very informative and well outlined.  I thought all of the information given was useful and the images were easy to learn from. The tests assessed knowledge of the course fairly, while still including some details that required you to pay attention during the units.”  Keith C.

“I thought this course was amazing and impressive in presentation and the information provided. You have created an awesome class and resource…” Nicole W.

“Your course was very informative and helpful.” Justin M.

“I really liked the video clips which were clear and thorough. It was very effective the way the material was reinforced… I liked the holistic focus of the course.” Kandace H.

“I liked how thorough it was. …The video in all sections is good. … This was straightforward and a good introduction to lymphedema. … I felt this gives a good, basic overview of procedures.” Kate S.

“I really enjoyed the course. I would want to practice a bit more but I feel comfortable performing Lymphatic Massage based on the information provided. It was thorough and articulate and the quizzes were specific enough that you really need to take good notes to score well. I think it is the perfect level for someone like me: a licensed massage therapist that already has foundational knowledge  of practices and terminology.” Olivia H.

“As a bodywork therapist, I found this course enhanced my knowledge of the lymphatic system and it seemed pretty thorough.” Rekha B.

“This course was very informative. …information was laid out clearly and concisely.” Rhea W.

“The course was great! Very credible. All sources were cited. As far as the technical aspect goes, it was 98% top notch.” Brad C.

“I enjoyed the demonstration as I am more of a hands-on person.  … I did like the vocabulary review before the final test. I found it to be very helpful and it was great to go thru all the new/old terms.”  Candace J.

“I found the course to be very well presented. …I actually enjoyed the entire course, found it easy to navigate, found the instructor to be personable, engaging and knowledgeable, and found the course, as a whole, to be informative. I thought the video presentations were very well done and the filming of the instructor as he presented the demonstrations to be non-invasive. I was able to see each maneuver and stroke he performed. …I look forward to putting into practice what I have learned. …This is a huge help to me.” John B.

“I like that the instructor showed how to do techniques, what tips work best based on his experience, etc.”
Judith I.

“Awesome course!” Olga W.

“This was a good course with plenty of video to show the techniques.” Van M.

“The course was easy to follow and thorough.” Tamara D.

“The course is informative and has a great instructor.” Laura G.

“I thought the course was great, presented very well, clear and to the point.” Kelly C.

“I really liked the course. It was very informative and made me able to practice this massage.” Jenna N.

"The instructor is knowledgeable & presents information in an organized manner." Donna M.



... The videos were outstanding.

~ Sarah S.

I really enjoyed this course, and feel like I learned a lot.

~ Rebecca H.

... I found the course very informative and well outlined.

~ Keith C.