MLD in Japan


MLD/CDT two week training Basic class

This is an intensive course involving extensive hands-on work. The basic strokes and their application to each body part are taught. The practical sessions include special techniques for the joints, the head (including intra-oral) and abdomen. They introduce the student to therapeutic applications. A review of all Basic techniques and sequences is given. The theory covers anatomy and physiology of the lymph vessel system, connective tissue, effects of MLD and contraindications. A written and practical exam is given to test the student’s competence in Basic techniques and theory. Practical exam: Each student has to treat 2 parts of the body and practice some movements on the teacher.

MLD/CDT two week training Therapy class

Successful completion of the Therapy I exam enables the student to continue to these final two courses which are taught consecutively. They cover various pathologies with an emphasis on lymphedema treatment in the context of Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT). Theoretical instruction is given by a physician expert in the field. Bandaging and specific MLD treatments (besides lymph edemas) are taught. At the end of the course, students take a written and practical exam to demonstrate competence in techniques, treatment and bandaging. Practical exam: Each student has to treat one pathology and practice some movements on the teacher. Students who successfully complete the examinations may then describe themselves as Vodder-Certified MLD Therapists.

Actually we run with two Organisers classes in Japan:

1)  Cancer Institute Hospital of Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research -  TOKYO

Course location:
Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research 3-8-1 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-8550, JAPAN

Application to: Kuniko Utsugi, M.D., Ph.D., Participants: Physicians, Physical therapists, Occupational therapists, Nurses Length of the class: 4 weeks, 180 teaching lessons Teaching Hours: Each day from 9 am to 5.30 pm Teaching Staff: Teacher team of the Original Dr. Vodder Schule/Austria Director: Dieter Wittlinger, PT, MLD/CDT-Teacher

2) MLD Training Center - OSAKA

MLD Training Center is a department of JEA, an aromatherapy school in Japan. It has been running Basic and Therapy 1 courses in western Japan since 1996. The courses are taught by Kazue Gill.

Both courses are run two to three times a year in Kyoto and Osaka.

For more details for the MLD courses, please view: or

E-mail enquiry:

Tutor: Kazue Gill (Basic & Therapy 1)

Japan École de Aromatherapie (JEA)
5F Tatsumi-biru, 607 Higashi shiokoji-cho, Kyoto-shi, Japan 600-8216

Telephone:  81-75-354-3377 (Kyoto),   81-6-6451-6000 (Osaka)
Free dial (only from within Japan):  0120-872-700


Kuniko Utsugi,M.D., Ph.D.

Kazue Gill JEA


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