Raindrop Technique® Essential Oils Massage
Raindrop Technique® Essential Oils Massage
Raindrop Technique® is a powerful technique using Young Living Essential Oils that was developed by the Founder and CEO D. Gary Young in the 1980s. It combines unique, targeted massage with pure, authentic essential oils for a deeply harmonizing, rejuvenating, and relaxing experience. The technique draws from Native American wellness traditions and provides a revolutionary means of aligning the body, emotions and the mind.
What is Raindrop Technique®?
This technique involves applying therapeutic grade essential oils to the spine, neck and feet. The session lasts about an hour however the benefits may last up to a week or more. Gary found that combining several holistic techniques, described below, created a synergistic effect for the body. The three modalities that combine to form Raindrop Technique® are:
AROMATHERAPY Raindrop technique® uses seven single essential oils, two blends and one essential oil massage blend during the session. It is congruent with the French application of aromatherapy where essential oils are applied NEAT (undiluted) to the body.
VITA FLEX TECHNIQUE Vita Flex was brought to the US in the 1920s by Stanley Burroughs. It is an ancient Tibetan methodology meaning "vitality through the reflexes". Its theory is based on the fact that slight pressure applied to the body creates an electric charge that is therapeutic to the body. This is known as piezoelectric.
FEATHER STROKING This is similar to a massage term technique called effleurage. But this technique was actually termed by the Native American Indians.
How does Raindrop get its Name?
Essential oils are actually dropped from about 6 inches above your spine, simulating rain drops! It feels like a rain drop gently striking your spine, and it is very relaxing and comforting. It is thought that the oils interact with a person's electric field before even penetrating the skin of the back. Thereby, enhancing the electromagnetic properties of the oils as well. Amazing!
What is the Concept behind Feather Stroking?
In the 1980s Gary Young worked with a Lakota elder named Wallace Black Elk. He learned that the Lakota people went to Canada to experience the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis (before there were border crossings and reservations). The Lakota people would raise their hands toward the light and breathe in the energy of the lights for transformational purposes.
Once the Lakota people could no longer cross the border, they created a stroking technique along the spine using a feather that simulated the energy of the Aurora Borealis. And this is the massage technique that was taught to Gary Young and is named feather stroking.
What are the Benefits of Raindrop Technique® ?
There are numerous benefits of the Raindrop Technique®. Here are just a few:
Balance and Re-align the Energy Centers of the Body: The combination of techniques brings electrical and structural alignment to the body. The essential oil blend of Valor helps the body align and is often referred to as "chiropractor in the bottle".
Non-Manipulative Technique: No manipulation as in chiropractic is performed. The oils help support the body to come back into harmony by opening energy flow throughout the body.
Reduce Stress and Minor Anxiety: Not only can the oils enhance positive emotions such as joy and happiness, but they can also help us release negative emotions that are subconsciously stored on a cellular level. See the section on stress for more information!
Aid the Body's Natural Response to Irritation and Injury: Thyme and Oregano support the immune, respiratory, nervous, and other body systems*. They are strong antioxidants.
Eases Muscle Discomfort after Exercise: Muscles that are tense and in minor discomfort due to exercise will also benefit. Basil, Wintergreen, Marjoram, Cypress and Peppermint essential oils may reduce tension. See the section on oils for muscles for more information!
Support Healthy Immune System: Thyme and Oregano essential oils support a healthy immune system*.
Emotional Well Being and Release: Essential oils effect the limbic system where emotions are stored in the "brain's emotional computer".
Help Detox the Body Systems: The oils that are high in phenols may cleanse cellular receptor sites and enhance cleansing of the body.
And many more!
What Essential Oils are used in the Raindrop Technique® ?
• White Angelica Essential Oil Blend: protects the facilitator and recipient by shielding their aura
• Valor or Valor II Essential Oil Blend: aligned the spine and balances the emotional and structural body
• Oregano Essential Oil: antibacterial that targets pathogens on the spine
• Thyme Essential Oil: antibacterial that targets pathogens on the spine
• Basil Essential Oil: antibacterial that targets pathogens on the spine
• Cypress Essential Oil: helps with blood circulation and fluid retention
• Marjoram Essential Oil: helps with muscular spasm
• Wintergreen Essential Oil: a warm oil for joints & all types of pain
• Peppermint Essential Oil: drives all the oils deeper into the spine.
• AromaSiez Essential Oil Blend: for stressed muscles, injury and fatigue
Are there any Side Effects?
Because the Raindrop Technique® encourages detoxification of the body, someone may experience some mild side effects. The best advice is to drink plenty of water before and after a session.
While some may experience detoxification, others may feel relaxed, have heightened awareness or may fell peaceful. It is really on a case by case basis, and depends on so many factors.
Is there any Validation of this Technique?
David Stewart, the Founder of the Center for Aromatherapy Research and Education (CARE), published a book entitled "The Statistical Validation of the Raindrop Technique". It is based on the results of a questionnaire where over 400 massage therapists, chiropractors, Raindrop Facilitators and others who used the technique responded.
What were the Results of the Questionnaire?
Besides the fact that 97% of the clients receiving Raindrop felt that it was a positive experience and that they felt better after the session?
Well, over 99% said they would have another session. Approximately 90% felt their improved well being and 86% felt their emotional feeling improved. Wow, that is some positive feedback!
If you would like to read the abstract, or purchase the book, you can go to the CARE Website.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration or Health Canada.
**Products and information on QuestHands are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent ANY disease.
***A decision to use/not use this information is the sole responsibility of the reader.
****Please see your vet, doctor or health care professional for medical evaluation for yourself or your animals.
*****Everyone will experience the Raindrop Technique® differently, depending on his or her body. Recipients may experience fatigue, increased energy, emotional release, or other short-term effects.
******The most amazing thing about Raindrop Technique® is that most clients measure taller after just one session! Even up to 1.5 Inches! Yeah!
+White Angelica Essential Oil Blend: Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Sweet almond) oil, Citrus aurantium bergamia† (Bergamot) peel oil, Commiphora myrrha† (Myrrh) oil, Pelargonium graveolens† (Geranium) flower oil, Santalum paniculatum† (Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood™∆) wood oil, Cananga odorata† (Ylang ylang) flower oil, Coriandrum sativum† (Coriander) seed oil, Picea mariana† (Black spruce) leaf oil, Melissa officinalis† (Melissa) leaf oil, Hyssopus officinalis† (Hyssop) leaf oil, Rosa damascena† (Rose) flower oil
++Valor or Valor II Essential Oil Blend: Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Picea mariana † (Black spruce) leaf oil, Cinnamomum camphora † (Camphor) wood oil, Tanacetum annuum † (Blue tansy) flower oil, Boswellia carterii † (Frankincense) oil, Pelargonium graveolens † (Geranium) flower oil
+++AromaSiez Essential Oil Blend: Ocimum basilicum† (Basil) oil, Origanum majorana† (Marjoram) leaf oil, Lavandula angustifolia† (Lavender) oil, Mentha piperita† (Peppermint) oil, Cupressus sempervirens† (Cypress) leaf/nut/stem oil