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How Long Is The Course?

One weekend a month for 4 months, after which students will sit a one-hour practical examination and a one-hour multichoice theory paper. The complete course including exams takes around 6 months.

How Is The Course Taught?

Visual learning aids, lectures and tutorials are used to teach the theory side of the course. For the practical work students learn by giving treatments to each other.

Course Requirements

Students need to bring with them pens, paper, coloured pencils and an A4 book binder with plastic folders to put notes in. Neat and tidy notes are mandatory and are counted towards the final mark. A course uniform is also required. This consists of a white tunic top and white trousers, with flat white therapy shoes.


At the end of the course students sit a one hour multichoice theory paper, plus a 1 hour practical, where massage techniques as well as client care and standards of hygiene are assessed. Students will also complete 4 case studies massaged 4 times each.


On satisfactory completion of the course, students are presented with an ITEC Diploma in Lymphatic Drainage Massage, as well as a Diploma from The York School of Complementary Medicine.


The cost of the course, including literature, but excluding examination fees is £950. For your convenience this can be paid for by installments.

Lymphatic Drainage Massage Syllabus

Exam: one hour theory and 1 hour practical
Duration of course: 6 months
1 hour multi-choice theory paper


  • Contra-indications for Lymphatic Drainage
  • Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage
  • History of Lymphatic Drainage

Skeletal System

  • List and describe the bones of the head & face
  • The main arteries of the head and neck

Nervous System

  • The position and function of the main facial nerves

The Skin

  • The structure and functions of the skin
  • Recognise common skin diseases and conditions

The Lymphatic System

  • The structure and function of lymph & lymphatic system
  • Function of lymphocytes
  • Major lymph nodes of the body
  • Interrelationship between blood and lymph
  • Structure and function of the spleen
  • Different types of Lymphodema

The Cardio-Vascular System

  • The structure and function of blood arteries and veins
  • The main veins of the head and neck
  • Structure and function of the heart
  • Pulmonary and Systemic circulation
  • Blood clotting mechanism
  • Causes and effects of high blood pressure
  • Diseases and disorders of the cardio-vascular system


  • Lymphatic Drainage massage movements to include Stationary Circles, Pump Technique, Scoop Technique, Rotary Technique
  • Consultation procedures
  • Client care & client modesty
  • Hygiene procedures

Core Subjects

Students must also study the following subjects:

Professional ethics

  • Operating within professional boundaries
  • Contra-indications to treatment
  • Building rapport with the medical profession

First Aid and Treatment Room Safety

  • Contents of a First Aid Box
  • Administering First Aid
  • Health and Safety Laws

Hygiene and Sterilisation

  • Personal hygiene for the therapist
  • Methods of sterilisation
  • Cross infections

Client Handling

  • Designing a consultation card
  • Ethics
  • Client modesty

Business Studies

  • Health and Safety at work
  • Insurance cover
  • Advertising

Pre-requisite for course: students must hold a
recognised massage anatomy and physiology certificate

If you have any questions, or would just like an informal chat, please contact us via our enquiries page.



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Philippa James
Newton on Ouse
York YO30 2BU
01347 844088