Certificate in Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Become a Certified Lymphatic Therapist

The NTC Manual Lymphatic Drainage Course is a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme designed specifically for suitably qualified manual therapists seeking to deepen their knowledge and skills in lymphatic drainage techniques.


About our Certificate in Manual Lymphatic Drainage

  • Dublin
  • On Site Learning
  • Weekend
  • 1 Weekend

The NTC Manual Lymphatic Drainage Course is a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme designed specifically for suitably qualified manual therapists seeking to deepen their knowledge and skills in lymphatic drainage techniques. This course delves into the theory, principles, and practical application of lymphatic drainage therapy, providing participants with comprehensive training to effectively incorporate this treatment modality into their practice.

What our gradutes say!

Some unsolicited testimonials from our graduates from over the years.
" I had the privilege of treating Sir Chris Hoy of the GB cycling team "

In April 2012 I completed the Certificate level Neuromuscular Therapy course. Since I completed the course I have had massive success and progression. I had several private clients that I attained from advertising in the gym that I was working in, and also worked on a referral basis with physiotherapist David Gardiner owner of Physiotherapyworks in Naas Co.Kildare.

In August 2012 I moved to Perth, Australia where I have enjoyed even more success. I spent 8 months working at Subiaco Sports Massage and while working in this clinic I had the privilege of treating several Olympic athletes including Sir Chris Hoy of the GB cycling team and also Western Force rugby team of the super 15s competition.

I really enjoyed my time at the NTC – we really had a great group and we all keep in touch.

Colin Cassidy
Neuromuscular Therapy Graduate
" You will not be disappointed "

I have been in the Sports Massage and the treatment of occupational and sporting injuries profession for 26 years and have attended many courses to gain the necessary qualifications to give my very best to those in my care. I had read a book written by John Sharkey which was well written, extremely informative and an excellent reference source. I subsequently had the pleasure of meeting John and went on to register for a Neuromuscular Therapy programme.

It is an excellent course with lectures of the highest standard delivering essential information and first-rate techniques. Applying them in clinical practice I have seen very positive outcomes in patients of all ages. I highly recommend NTC for all therapists at any stage in their career. You will not be disappointed.

Steve Kirby
Neuromuscular Therapy Graduate
" I will definitely recommend this course to a friend or a family member "

Thank you to John Sharkey and all the NTC tutors. The Advanced European Neuromuscular Therapy course has been an eye-opener for me because of my background in Personal Training and Sports Massage. I have learnt unique ways of treating pain and have been applying these techniques to my existing clients.

In particular, a long-term client of mine with knee chronic pain, after few hours of treatment her knee pain has reduced by 80 percent.

Once again thank you to all NTC tutors this would not have been possible without you. It is a shame the course has come to an end but I also can’t wait to treat people with chronic pain and do a diploma in Neuromuscular Therapy. I will definitely recommend this course to a friend or a family member.

Ismail Sina
Neuromuscular Therapy Graduate
" The education you have given me is truly going to develop me as a practitioner "

Thanks once again for an inspiring and enlightening weekend (although my wife’s upper trapezius muscles may disagree!). Learnt loads and I am very excited about the future of my practice.

Although already incredibly busy I find treating people with pain much more interesting and fulfilling than a runner with a tweaked calf. The education you have given me is truly going to develop me as a practitioner in such a dramatic way.

Thanks, John. Sad the course is coming to an end but will thoroughly recommend to others and will look to do the Masters in the future.

Rob Date
Neuromuscular Therapy Graduate
" My experience at NTC was an enjoyable and positive one "

My experience at NTC was an enjoyable and positive one. This is where I realised my interest in Anatomy, Physiology and caring for people and is the main reason I’ve decided to go back to studying Nursing.

I met some fantastic people during my time at NTC and what I learned has played a huge part in me getting a place on Nursing studies.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff and tutors for guiding me to where I am now.

Eamonn Maher
Neuromuscular Therapy Graduate
" Qualification that is recognised and accepted with high regard within the industry "

Can I pass on my sincerest gratitude to all the staff at NTC ? Once again you all have delivered another professional and enjoyable course that ensures a qualification that is recognised and accepted with high regard within the industry.

Alan Devine
Neuromuscular Therapy Graduate
" You are a great team with wonderful tutors "

The good news is that I passed my Neuromuscular Therapy exams. I would like to pass on my sincere thanks to all the team in NTC for helping me in step one of a plan. You are a great team with wonderful tutors.

Liam Cotter
Neuromuscular Therapy Graduate
" If it wasn't for Larry I would have let my nerves get the best of me "

I have just sat my NMT exams and if it wasn’t for Larry, one of my tutors who helped me out, I would have let my nerves get the best of me. I also wish to thank the rest of the tutors and staff for all their help over the past 18 months.

Nicole Dunne
Neuromuscular Therapy Graduate

Schedule and Locations

Good Availability
Digital Office Centre, Swords, Co. Dublin
1 Weekend
August 31, 2024

Full details for the Certificate in Manual Lymphatic Drainage Course

Get all the information about our Lymphatic Drainage Course. (Remember there's even more info in the FAQ section below).

Course Objectives

The objectives of this course are:

  • To provide an in-depth understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic system, including its role in maintaining homeostasis and immune function.
  • To explore the indications, contraindications, and benefits of manual lymphatic drainage in various clinical and therapeutic settings.
  • To teach participants the principles and techniques of manual lymphatic drainage, including proper hand placement, rhythm, and pressure application.
  • To demonstrate adjunctive techniques and modalities that complement lymphatic drainage therapy, such as compression therapy, lymphatic exercises, and postural recommendations.
  • To emphasise the importance of hygiene, safety, and ethical considerations when performing lymphatic drainage.
  • To provide opportunities for hands-on practice and feedback to enhance participants’ proficiency and confidence in performing lymphatic drainage techniques.
  • To empower participants with the knowledge and skills to effectively communicate with clients about the benefits of lymphatic drainage therapy and its role in promoting overall health and well-being.

Course Structure

The NTC Manual Lymphatic Drainage Course is delivered over a two day workshop weekend comprising of theoretical and practical components, with ample opportunities for interactive learning and skill development. Participants will engage in lectures, demonstrations and hands-on practice sessions under the guidance of experienced tutors.


This short course involves continual assessment, also known as formative assessment, involving ongoing process of evaluation of each student’s progress, understanding, and performance throughout the course. This chosen format of assessment reflects NTC’s philosophy of providing timely feedback on strengths, weaknesses, and areas for improvement. By continuously monitoring progress, NTC tutors can adjust their teaching methods and provide additional support as needed, while students can actively engage in their learning process and make adjustments to improve their understanding and performance.


Upon successful completion of the Manual Lymphatic Drainage Course, participants will receive an NTC CPD Certificate of Completion, affirming their competence as a manual therapist and their commitment to ongoing professional development in the field of manual therapy.


Standard cost for this CPD course is €450.00 or the early bird price of €350.00 if places are booked one calendar month before the course start date.

There is an additional 10% discount off the workshop cost for ANMT memberswww.anmt.ie

Full payment is required to book a place.


This course is open to qualified massage therapists, neuromuscular therapists, Holistic massage and manual therapists with the required level of proficiency in massage therapy techniques. Participants should possess a foundational understanding of human anatomy and physiology, as well as practical experience in conducting therapeutic interventions.

Meet the Workshop Team

Our expert tutors will ensure that you qualify with the knowledge to safely administer needling techniques

Frequently Asked Questions

The National Training Centre have been delivering respected educational programmes since 1985 and during that time we have had many questions asked by potential students before registration. Here you can find the answers to the questions we receive most often.

Yes. This is a continuing professional development course for qualified manual therapists who hold at least a minimum level of Massage Therapy qualification (UK Level 3). If you are not sure if you meet the eligibility requirements please email our office of administration at [email protected] and submit a copy of your qualification for approval.

Our planning is based on the numbers registered and the decision to proceed with a course is based on the registered number of participants.

If you can’t make it for the time you have booked you will forfeit any fees paid.

It may be possible, although not guaranteed, to reschedule your participation for a later date if sufficient advanced notice is given.

Full attendance of the 2 days is required in order to achieve Certification.

For more information or clarification please call us on 01 882 7777 or by email to [email protected]

In the unlikely event that a course does not proceed you will be offered whichever of the following suits you best:

  • Reschedule to a different date
  • Reschedule to an alternative location (where applicable)
  • A full refund of all fees paid

Yes you will need to bring two large bath towels with you to use on the course. You will also need to bring a notepad and pen to take your own notes.

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