The Raindrop technique is a powerful technique using essential oils that was developed by D. Gary Young, the founder of Young Living Essential Oils, in the 1980's.
It combines several modalities to bring balance and transformation to the person. It also supports body systems on a physical and emotionally level.
Session Time: 60 minutes
What is the Raindrop Technique?
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 on the body.
The three modalities that combine to form Raindrop Technique are:
- Aromatherapy – In the Raindrop technique we use
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.
Why is it called Raindrop Technique?
oils are actually dropped from about 6 inches above your spine, simulating
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 are the Benefits of the Raindrop Technique?
- 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 have their own inherent healing properties
and support the body to come back into harmony by opening energy flow
throughout the body.
- Reduce Stress and 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.
- 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.
- Support a Healthy Immune System – Thyme and Oregano essential
oils support a healthy immune system*.
- Emotional Well Being and Release – Essential oils penetrate into
the blood stream within 7 seconds and are able to perform the same functions
like Hormones do. They effect the limbic system where emotions are stored in
the "brain's emotional computer" and help to enhance, balance,
reduce or harmonize, whatever the body needs.
- Help Detox the Body Systems – The oils that are high in
phenols cleanse cellular receptor sites and enhance to body’s own cleansing process.
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.
This massage technique that was taught to Gary Young by the Lakota is named feather stroking.
It helps to increase the energy flow within the body through stimulating the nervous system at its most sensitive area, the spine.