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Lymphatic Drainage Massage for the Body Continuing Education CE


Lymphatic Massage for the Body (9.5 CE Hours) M79E1C


Lymphatic Massage for the Body (9.5 CE Hours) M79E1C

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 9.5 CE hours

Course Objective:

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

  • Describe the general purpose of the lymphatic system
  • Recount the history of lymphatic massage
  • List four benefits of lymphatic massage
  • List at least fourteen conditions helped by lymphatic massage
  • List eight contraindications for lymphatic massage
  • List six precautions for lymphatic massage
  • Discuss the three main components of the lymphatic system
  • Discuss the five main purposes of the lymphatic system
  • List at least seven lymph organs
  • Describe the purpose of bone marrow, thymus, spleen, lymph nodes, tonsils, GALT, and MALT in the lymphatic system
  • Identify the two types of lymphocytes
  • Define lymph
  • Discuss the types and purpose of lymph vessels
  • Identify six major groupings of nodes
  • Describe the lymphatic flow
  • Identify the six lymph trunks
  • Describe the two lymph ducts
  • Define lymphedema
  • Describe the two basic types of lymphedema
  • Define lymphostatic and lymphodynamic lymphedema
  • List the three stages of lymphedema
  • Explain the underlying physiology of lymphedema
  • List the four main treatment techniques
  • Describe at least four fall-back treatments
  • Prepare for the arrival of a client
  • Discuss the purpose of a health questionnaire
  • Educate a client about the lymphatic system
  • Prepare a client for lymphatic massage
  • Setup a professional yet serene therapy room
  • Begin a session
  • Anticipate possible outcomes during a session
  • End a session
  • Define a healing crisis
  • 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
  • Describe four other techniques
  • Perform lymphatic massage on the anterior side of the body
  • Perform lymphatic massage on the posterior side of the body
  • Understand the general procedure for lymphatic drainage of obstructive edema
  • Explain how lymphatic massage can complement cellulite massage
  • Explain how lymphatic massage can complement deep tissue massage
  • Explain how lymphatic massage can complement sports massage
  • Explain how lymphatic massage can complement facials
  • List nine post-treatment recommendations
  • Explain why each recommendation helps reduce the body’s toxic burden
  • Define 62 terms relevant to lymphatic massage for the body
  • Demonstrate your knowledge of lymphatic drainage massage for the body with 75% proficiency or better


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 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 in practice what I have learned.” John B.

“I liked the holistic focus of the course.  I appreciated being able to read about and then see instruction on rhythm, flow, direction.  This reinforced the learning’s.  I also liked that both sides were demonstrated on the body for additional viewings of the techniques.” Kandace H.

“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, practices, and terminology.  This simply builds up that base.”  Olivia H.

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

“I was very pleased with the course. It was thorough and specific and was at the perfect level for someone like me; therapist with foundational knowledge of the industry and terminology used. I really liked that you could submit quiz answers to check them. I really liked that it wasn't timed and that there were visuals. They were very effective and helpful for me.” Olivia H.

“The course was thorough and more difficult than I thought it would be. It provided a lot of information that I can really use. The way that things were broken down made it easy for me to learn the concepts.” Rhea W.

“Wonderful, easy to understand and so through.” Tamara R.

“I enjoyed the course. It is very informative.” Lindsay M.

“Very good, would try another course again soon.” Terry S.

“I enjoyed it and learned a lot.” Polly A.

“This course was informative, interesting and educational, excellent price, easy to log in, everything was just so easy and relaxed, love the video presentations. I will be returning for more not just for CEU's but because I liked your video presentations and courses. Thanks for all your help, your the best!” Annie W.

“I’m very pleased with this course!” Jillian F.

“I thought the course was very thorough, well organized and presented.” William F.

“The course educates and stimulates a need to learn more. It is very well done.” Bob C.

"A very comprehensive course, in keeping with the standard of quality and quantity of information necessary for continuing education in the field of Massage and Skincare." Helen D.



... 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.