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The story of Raindrop Technique and how it can help you!
By Jean Oswald RN CA

Gary Young developed Raindrop Technique (RDT) over 25 years ago. It is based on 1) research with essential oils as antimicrobial agents, 2) his knowledge of the Vita Flex technique and its reflex points in the feet, and 3) fascinating information on effleurage (finger stroking) and its effect on the muscles and nervous system that he learned over  time (and many visits) he spent with the Lakota people in South Dakota.
northernlights2While visiting with the Lakota people, Gary learned that for several generations, before the US/Canadian border was established, Native Americans migrated across the Canadian border into the northern regions of Saskatchewan and Manitoba.  There, they often witnessed the Northern Lights, or Aurora borealis.   Those who were ill or had complicated health problems would stand facing the Aurora Borealis, hold their hands toward the lights, and inhale deeply.  The Lakota believed that when the Aurora Borealis was visible, the air was charged with healing energy.  They would mentally ‘inhale’ this energy, allowing it to pass through their spine and on to other afflicted areas of the body through neurological pathways.  Many experienced dramatic healing effects through this practice.

northernlights4Eventually, after the border made migrations impossible, the Lakota began to use effleurage, or feathered finger stroking, which became associated with this healing technique.  Additionally, the Lakota continued their practice of mentally processing energy, coupled with effleurage, to distribute healing energy throughout the body. 

Gary Young found that when this Lakota practice of effleurage was coupled with the energy created by essential oils and Vita Flex, its effects were greatly heightened. 

Since its formal adoption in 1989, Raindrop Technique (RDT) has received an enormous amount of praise from users all over the world for its help with relaxation, emotional release, tissue cleansing and help with spinal misalignments. 

In 2001, Dr. David Stewart, PhD, circulated a questionnaire to over 2000 health practitioners, massage therapists, aromatherapists and their clients to gain insight on the results that were accruing from RDT.  He received 422 responses summarizing the Statistical Validation of RDTexperiences of some 14,000 RDT sessions.  His findings are summarized in his booklet, A Statistical Validation of Raindrop Technique (available through Essential Science Publishing). 

Overall, the 416 respondents who had received RDT rated it positive (97%), pleasant (98%), resulted in an improved emotional state (86%).  99.9% of receivers said they would choose to receive RDT again. 

Originally Raindrop Technique was taught and given using essential oils undiluted (pure/full-strength) on the feet and spine. In my official training in Raindrop Technique (through C.A.R.E.* in 2006) I followed the protocols that Gary taught (the Dallas method) and used them for six years while clients described improvement and stronger backs, pain relief and improved immune system.

liverWhen I took Advanced Aromatherapy Training I began to ask how difficult it was for the kidneys and liver to eliminate the essential oils. These organs perform hundreds of functions in the body and they don’t need to be overtaxed! What I came to understand is that the healing work of essential oils prevailed even when used in lower dilutions. My education taught me to practice more caution with these powerful essential oils and so, since 2011, I use a 5 – 10% dilution of essential oils in organic jojoba (carrier oil) for a “Modified Raindrop” session. Clients still tell me that this special treatment leaves them feeling not only relaxed but improved overall.

RDT is a powerful, non-invasive technique utilizing the antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory action of several key essential oils to assist the body in maintaining normal spinal curvature.  RDT can release many kinds of tension, congestion, and imbalances in the body. The clients who come for a Raindrop treatment suffer from things like:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Chronic pain
  • Frequent bacterial/viral infections
  • Stress, Anxiety and Low Energy Levels
  • Poor Circulation

RDT performedIt’s important to know
that Raindrop Technique is not a ‘massage’ with essential oils. When you come for a treatment you will lie on a massage table and receive essential oils on your feet as I perform “Vita Flex” technique and then apply oils to your spine using effleurage and more Vita Flex. I finish the treatment with a short massage and typically, hot towels! The whole treatment takes a little over an hour. Give yourself and your loved ones a treat. Make an appointment today. You’re gonna love it!

Raindrop Technique sessions:  Just $90

Read what clients say about a session with Jean:

I was really looking forward to this treatment. I was experiencing a recurrent cough that comes and goes.. allergies? It’s annoying. The space you have provided is wonderful, peaceful and welcoming. I loved the warm pack on my head and had immediate relief from my annoying cough from the oils on paper towel. I am still not coughing and actually feel that I can take deeper breaths. I really enjoyed all aspects of my Raindrop session and deep massage to the back. The main thing I felt through it all was loved, nurtured and cared for.  This wonderful gift sets the tone for a more vibrant, healthy and peaceful existence. Thank you so are so doing what you should be doing. P.S. I smell really good and feel great!”

Cheryl from Pittsford

“I had been experiencing terrible pain in my knee for three weeks. Some days it was so bad that I found it hard to walk. I had a Raindrop session with Jean, which left me feeling open and relaxed. Following the session she worked with me to determine what oils might help my knee. After just three days of applying wintergreen and cypress 3-4x a day, my knee is 90% improved. It feels so much better. I can bend my knee without sending throbbing pains through it. My knee feels healthy again. Thank you so much Jean for your support and insight!”  Elizabeth from Rochester

“Hi Jean! I was floating on a cloud the whole day, and even the next.  It was a beautiful experience.  I was left so rested, relaxed, and I was able to hear myself like I hadn’t in such a long time.  I am incredibly grateful.”    Honor from Honeyoye Falls

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