For a Limited Time when you Enroll in “Relaxation Techniques for Pain Reduction” you will receive 10% OFF “Post Surgical MLD

Post Surgical Manual Lymphatic Drainage Techniques

Board Approved – Live 14 CEUs

The body’s natural response after surgery includes an inflammatory response when the fluid nourishes the post operative area with white blood cells to start the healing process. Swelling is a normal result after surgery, and mobilizing excess fluid via the lymphatic system helps to facilitate the healing process. Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is the technique used to jump start the lymphatic system post operatively to remove excess fluid and metabolic waste from the tissues in the body to optimize healing and post-surgical results.

Learn MLD techniques that are often prescribed by plastic surgeons after brazilian buttock lift, liposuction, tummy tuck, mommy makeover, face lift, and breast augmentations to facilitate healing. Incorporate MLD into treatment plans after elective orthopedic surgeries like total knee and hip surgeries. Use MLD to help cancer patients recover after lymph node removal. Understand how to best incorporate MLD techniques into your practice as a physical therapist, occupational therapist or massage therapist to best lead your patients and clients on the road to recovery.

As a bonus, learn relaxation techniques to help your patients reduce post surgical pain. Integrating progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery, visualization, and breathing techniques into your existing plan of care will help your patients reduce anxiety, anticipatory pain, fears associated with pain medical interventions, muscle guarding and compensatory strategies by allowing your patient to reach a state of relaxation for both the mind and the body. Adding this component into your sessions while performing manual lymphatic drainage therapies will set you apart from other therapists with this unique approach to reduce pain and swelling.

  • Participant will be able to define manual lymph drainage and indicate methods of use
  • Participate will be able to describe important structures and functions of the lymphatic system and demonstrate knowledge of lymphatic drainage pathways
  • Participate will be able to demonstrate safe MLD techniques for UE, LE, Abdomen, Face and Neck
  • Participant will demonstrate knowledge of indications and contraindications of MLD
  • Participant will be able to identify the benefits of relaxation techniques
  • Participant will understand and utilize relaxation techniques effectively within your scope of practice
  • Participant will be able to perform specific manual strategies to help induce a relaxed state while performing progressive muscle relaxation and visualization techniques.
  • Participant will become familiar with key words and phrases to attain and maintain relaxed state
  • Participant will gain a better awareness of grounding and centering yourself so that you are fully present for your patient without exhausting your own energy
  • Participant will gain an understanding of current  cosmetic procedures that can benefit from manual lymphatic drainage
  • Participant will gain an understanding of elective orthopedic procedures that can benefit from manual lymphatic drainage

Learn effective and safe manual lymph drainage techniques to help reduce edema post operatively and optimize healing.

What motivates many patients to show up for therapy? While our smiling faces and great personalities can contribute to a good therapy experience, patients are often motivated to attend therapy because they have pain and they believe the physical or occupational therapist can help alleviate their pain and improve their function. Patient’s often rate their therapy success level on their pain levels. We know pain is often anticipated pre and post-surgery, during cancer treatment, and with chronic pain conditions, but now we can greatly help our patients by incorporating relaxation techniques into our existing treatments and reducing pain in our patients for a more effective treatment intervention.

Physical and occupations therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapy assistants, massage therapists and other medical professionals interested in learning MLD and guided imagery and relaxation techniques. Estheticians in medical settings can also incorporate these advanced techniques to enhance their treatments.

It is recommended to bring shorts and T-shirts, or sports bra/tank top, or a two-piece bathing suit to each class. Bring roll-up pads, plus pillows and blankets or your own massage table if you wish, to add to your comfort.

This will benefit medical professionals and the patients. This techniques can be incorporated into the existing plan of care. Patients with pain, anxiety and fear can all benefit from this technique. Evidence based research fully supports guided imagery as an effective tool to use with the cancer population, with pre and post-surgical patients, the orthopedic population, and with pain in general.

Michelle Rice, founder of “Preserva Institute”, is a physical therapist with over twenty years of experience and specializes in breast cancer rehabilitation.

She graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor Degree in Human and Organizational Development and received her Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Miami School of Medicine. She has extensive knowledge in manual therapies and incorporates craniosacral therapy, myofascial release, trigger point release, soft tissue mobilization, scar release, manual lymph drainage, yoga, breath control and relaxation techniques into her treatments.

She is a certified lymphedema therapist and yoga instructor. She owns Preserva Therapy MED SPA where she also provides personalized outpatient therapy treatment to women and men on their path to recovery after cancer.

Michelle Rice MSPT, CLT, RYT



8:30am: Registration
9am: The Lymphatic System, Manual Lymph Drainage Defined, Research Review
10:30am break
10:45am: Lab for Basic MLD/ Diaphragmatic Breathing/ Abdominal MLD
12:00pm Lunch
12:30pm: Post-Surgical Candidates for MLD; Procedures Defined; Protocols Reviewed 1:15pm: MLD Lab/ UE and LE
3:00pm Break
3:15-4:30pm: MLD Lab continued
4:15pm: Discussion: additional modalities, kinesiotaping, cupping, manual therapies; research review
4:30pm: End


9:00am: Relaxation Techniques defined; Benefits outlined; Research review of methods discussed;

10:30am: break

10:45am: Relaxation steps outlined

11:00am: Centering for the therapist discussed and taught

11:15am: Lab guided session practicing breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and guided imagery techniques

11:30am: Lab practicing centering, breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery

12:30 Lunch

1:30: Review and Lab; review of basic cranial structures as well as suboccipital, frontal, and temporal musculature; demonstration of sub occipital, frontal and temporal release demonstrated and followed by hands on lab practice

3:00pm: Break

3:15pm – 3:30pm Combining manual techniques with relaxation techniques demonstration

3:30pm-4:45pm: Lab: practice manual techniques of neck and face while guiding patient with breathing cues, progressive muscle relaxation and guided imagery.

4:45pm: Survey, Post-test, Questions, Certificates

5:00pm: end

  • At the end of your training, you will receive a current dated and signed certificate which should be displayed prominently in your office.
  • For the list of the States Approval  send us an email.
  • Our Courses are CEBroker listed. CEUs will be automatically credited to your account within 15days after the course completion.
  • Preserva Institute expects that you will adhere to the highest ethical standards of conduct and reserves the right to withdraw permission to display and market our certification if you misrepresent, its philosophy or its values.

Direction and accommodations will be provided with your confirmation letter. You can also contact our office at 863.658.4360 or send us an email.

Group Discount: (contact us prior booking)
10% discount off each enrollment fee for groups of 5 or more
20% discount off each enrollment fee for groups of 10 or more

Student Discount (contact us prior booking)

A 10% discount is available to current students who have yet to earn a license to practice at the time of course registration. This discount is not available to those therapists who have previously held a license, and are currently enrolled in a doctoral, or other post-graduate, program. This discount cannot be used in combination with any other discounts. To get this discount when checking out online, use the code student99. (Note, this code is only valid for non-licensed students. Our team will verify that registrants signed up with this code are, indeed, current students prior to their attendance of the course).

Referral Credit/Discount
Any therapist who has already taken a Preserva Institute course will earn a $50.00 “referral credit” if:
1. A therapist who has never taken a Preserva Institute course successfully registers for his or her first course(s); AND
2. In the registration process, the first-time registrant gives the name and clinic/hospital of the therapist who referred them to Preserva Institute.
A therapist who has earned a $50.00 “referral credit” may use this credit toward any course that is eligible for a “referral discount”.

Guest Blogger Credit/Discount (contact us prior booking)
Any therapist who completes a qualifying guest blog post on the Preserva Institute blog will earn a $50.00 “guest blogger credit”. This credit may be applied toward any course eligible for a “guest blogger discount”.

Upcoming Courses


August 19-20, 2023

Venue: La Quinta IDrive

Early Bird Price: $ 475.00