Updated September 5, 2006
The RainDrop Technique: What Is It and Where Did It Originate?
A revolutionary concept in aromatherapy and bodywork
The RainDrop Technique, developed by Gary Young, has revolutionized the practice of aromatherapy and bodywork. It's a truly amazing aromatherapy application, experienced by tens of thousands of people; and for many, its effects have been life-changing.
The FDA's current interpretation of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA, pronounced du-shay) won't allow me to say anything much about this; however, if you're a massage therapist, you should think seriously of incorporating it into your practice; and if you're interested in optimizing your health, you would do well to find someone who does the RainDrop Technique, and experience it for yourself.
What is the RainDrop Technique?
The RainDrop Technique is, in the most basic terms, a gentle massage method, combining the arts of aromatherapy, massage and the Vita-Flex technique. It can be performed in a variety of ways, with almost any combination of oils, depending on the needs being addressed.
In general, the RainDrop Technique consists of dropping therapeutic-grade essential oils along the spine from a height of about six inches, then working the oils into the skin with feather-like movements up the back, and finally, the application of massage and the Vita-Flex Technique to the back, legs and feet.
What will the RainDrop Technique do for you?
The RainDrop Technique, in its basic form, is a powerful, non-invasive tool, enabling you to enhance the structural and electrical alignment of your body. The kinetic energy of the therapeutic-grade essential oils vibrate at frequencies that affect the human body, restoring balance and normal function to weak body systems, and promotes harmony in the whole person: physically, mentally and emotionally.
Feather-strokes up the spine: part of the RainDrop Technique.
Some people find it to be an invigorating experience — like having their batteries recharged. For others, it's very relaxing. (No two people are alike, and no one person is the same all the time.) And, because of the properties of the oils, it may have other benefits, as well.
Again, the unfortunate reality is that the FDA's current interpretation of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 doesn't allow me to go beyond these vague statements. If you would like more information, your best resources would be the Essential Oils Desk Reference, 4th Edition, the RainDrop Technique DVD, and the Science & Application of Essential Oils DVD.
Where did the RainDrop Technique originate?
The RainDrop Technique was created by Gary Young as an integration of healing concepts he learned in his research into natural healing modalities from around the world.
|Dropping oils along the spine: part of the RainDrop Technique.|
At one point in his research, Gary spent some time with tribal elders of the Lakota, listening to their stories and soaking up their knowledge. One of these men was the holy man, Wallace Black Elk. They told the story of how, each spring, the Lakota would journey up to Canada to experience the beauty and healing benefits of the aurora borealis — the Northern Lights. The people would stand beneath the dancing lights, and using their hands like antennae, they would pull down the energy into their bodies, breathe it in, and push it up their spines — almost like a form of xigong. It was believed that these enchanting lights had the power to raise their personal energy levels and make them well.
In the 1800s, when the borders between the United States and Canada were completed, the Lakota could no longer journey north to experience the Northern Lights. Instead, they adopted the practice of brushing one another up the spine with feathers to raise their energy levels.
Merging what he had been learning about the beneficial effects of therapeutic-grade essential oils to raise body frequencies, Gary used this story as the inspiration behind the brushing technique employed in the RainDrop Technique.