The Raindrop Restorative Technique
This application technique was developed by D. Gary Young, aromatologist and one of North America’s leading experts on the art and science of aromatherapy. The technique involves adaptation of oriental acupressure, reflexology, native healing techniques from the Lakota people and aromatherapy using therapeutic-grade essential oils.
The oils are dropped directly onto the spine from about six inches above the body and then worked into the spine using light strokes with the fingers resembling the Northern Lights, which disperse the oils and stimulate energy impulses along the nervous system throughout the entire body. In this way, the body can be brought into balance and the energy centres can be cleared and realigned.
This method also helps to reduce spinal inflammations and to kill viruses that hibernate along the spinal column, as well as to help straighten any spinal curvatures. Although a session lasts around 75 minutes, the oils will continue to work in the body for a week or more following the treatment.
Where Raindrop Gets its Name
During portions of the Raindrop procedure, essential oils are dropped neat (undiluted) on the back along the spine from a height of about six inches. This is where the technique gets its name.
The theory of dropping the oils in this manner is that the oils, which are said to possess electromagnetic properties, are allowed to fall through the electromagnetic field of the receiver before touching the skin. Thus, the oils are thought to interact with the receiver’s electric fields in a possibly beneficial way before being absorbed by the body through the skin. The electrical nature of the Vita Flex manoeuvre is also thought to assist in the body’s absorption and utilization of essential oils.
The Raindrop Session
What to expect during the session
The Raindrop begins by setting an intention for the session and asking permission from the client to perform the technique. Then using essential oils we start anointing the feet with a technique called Vitaflex that uses a gentle rolling motion of the fingers to the reflex points. Once this happens, the reflex points release an electrical charge through the body that travels along the nerve pathway until it meets a break in the path caused by damage or toxins. Then we turn to apply the therapeutic-grade oils dispensed like raindrops six inches above the client back using a feather-like strokes and techniques, this will facilitate absorption of the oils.
Is there any validation for this technique?
Yes! David Stewart, the Founder of the Centre for Aromatherapy Research and Education (CARE) published a book entitled “The Statistical Validation of 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.
The results of this study indicated that 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, over 99% said they would have another session. Approximately 90% felt their well-being improved and 86% felt their emotional feeling improved.
Oils Used in the Raindrop Technique
Works in conjunction with thyme to strengthen the immune system and to attack bacteria and viruses. It may also act as an antiseptic for the respiratory system, help balance metabolism, and help strengthen the vital centres of the body.
Is used for its ability to support the immune system by attacking any bacteria, fungus, infection, or virus that may be present. It may also help one overcome fatigue and physical weakness after an illness.
Is used for its antibacterial, anti-infectious, antimicrobial, and diuretic properties. In addition, it may function as a decongestant for the circulatory and lymphatic systems.
Is relaxing to spastic muscles and is stimulating to the nerves and to the adrenal glands.
Is great for removing discomfort associated with the inflammation of bones, muscles, and joints. It may also help cleanse the lymphatic system.
Is used to relax spastic muscles, soothe the nerves, relieve cramps, aches, and pains and to help calm the respiratory system.
Is used to calm and strengthen the nerves, reduce inflammation, and is highly effective when dealing with conditions related to the respiratory system. It also has synergistic and enhancing effect on all other oils.
The oils in this blend were selected specifically for their ability to relax, calm, and relieve the tension of spastic muscles. This blend may also help to relieve headaches. The single oils contained in this blend are basil, marjoram, lavender, peppermint, cypress.
Is the first and most important oil used in this technique because it helps balance the electrical energies within the body. It also helps create an environment where structural alignment can occur.
Is the crowning oil to this application. It is used to help relax all the muscles of the back and to help reduce any stress, arthritic pain, or tension that may exist.
How much does it cost?
The price for a session of approximately 75 minutes using exclusively Young Living Essential Oils is $150.
Payments with cash, cheque and credit card are welcome.
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