Video Course: MLD 2: Manual Lymphatic Drainage: Basic Techniques for the Neck and Face

Nicola McGill

This course is approved for Florida’s “Distance Learning Hands-On Technique” category for the 2021-2023 renewal period (CE Broker course #20-1078204 for FL only).

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Gain an understanding of manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) movements and the location of important lymphatic structures as you watch Nicola McGill’s dynamic demonstration of three MLD techniques and MLD sequences for the neck and face. Learn about this important modality that, when provided effectively, can support and enhance the movement of lymph fluid through the lymphatic vessels and eventually back to the cardiovascular system.

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Course Outline
  • General concepts
  • Techniques: stationary circle, pump technique, rotary technique
  • Phases: pressure phase, relaxation phase
  • Frequency and duration
  • Demonstration of basic techniques
  • Watersheds
  • Demonstration of neck sequence
  • MLD sequencing and benefits
  • Demonstration of face sequence
Learning Objectives

Having viewed the online massage therapy CE course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how lymph is transported through lymphatic collectors.
  • List the three techniques used in manual lymphatic drainage.
  • Identify the common characteristics of manual lymphatic drainage.
  • Identify the lymphatic pathways of the neck and face.
  • List the steps in the manual lymphatic drainage sequence for the neck.
  • List the steps in the manual lymphatic drainage sequence for the face.
Nicola McGill

Nicola McGill, LLSA, LMT, BCTMB, CLT-LANA, has over 25 years of experience in the field of massage and bodywork both in the US and the UK. She is a Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) Certification Program instructor for Klose Training and Consulting. In her clinical practice, Nicola utilizes her skills as an aromatherapist, massage therapist, and MLD practitioner to treat a wide range of chronic and acute medical conditions including those related to the respiratory, digestive, musculo-skeletal, nervous, and reproductive systems. She is an oncology massage and lymphedema therapist at Boulder Community Hospital and a team member of the Boulder Cancer Survivorship Program at Avanti Therapy, where she provides lymphedema education and restorative and comfort-oriented bodywork treatments for individuals who are undergoing or have completed treatments for a cancer diagnosis. Learn more at and

Topics and Techniques

This online massage therapy CE course is available to you on demand to access, learn, and earn CE whenever and wherever it’s most convenient for you!


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Is this massage therapy CE course approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) for CE credit?
Yes! All of the courses are approved under ABMP’s NCBTMB Approved Provider account (451086-09).

How do I earn a CE certificate for this video-based course?
After you complete the webinar video, a quiz will appear on the page. Earn a CE certificate by scoring 70% or higher on the course quiz.

How do I access my CE certificates?
CE certificates are available on your “My CE Transcripts” page and on the course page. Visit your “My CE Transcript” page by clicking “My CE” on the navigation bar at the top of your screen.


"This course got me reenergized about MLD!"

"Nicola's instruction makes me want to receive MLD and become certified in it!"

"The instructor was excellent! Her voice was soothing and engaging. I highly recommend this course."