The Raindrop Technique is a method of
using Vita Flex, reflexology, massage techniques, etc., and
essential oils applied on various locations of the body to bring it
structural and electrical alignment. It is designed to bring balance
to the body with its relaxing and mild application. It will help
align the energy centers of the body and release them if blocked,
without using hard pressure or trying to force the body to change,
which should never be done.
description of the process is taken from Gary Young's book, "Aromatherapy,
The Essential Beginning." (The
book offers the fullest description of this gentle application of
essential oils, along with detailed descriptions of each of the
Note: Throughout the
year, trainers who have been taught these techniques by D. Gary Young, ND
offer seminars around the U.S. Be sure to check the Events
page or contact Young Living Customer Service for dates of events in
Have the person lie face-down on the table with the head resting in the
face cradle of the massage table or with the head slightly lower than the
rest of the body. The body should be as straight as possible with the hips
flat on the table. The arms can be resting along the side of the body or
over the edge of the table.
You will need
three medium-size towels, warm water and a way to protect the modesty of
the individual as he or she will be moving around.
Place six drops of Valor
on each foot. It works best if there are two people who can apply the
Valor. One person can apply six drops on each shoulder, and the other
person can apply six drops on each foot. The person who is at the feet may
sit or kneel with the right hand holding the right foot and the left hand
holding the left foot. The palm of the hand should be flat against the
bottom of the feet with as much hand-to-foot contact as possible.
assisting is at the head sitting or standing with right hand to right
shoulder and left hand to left shoulder with as much hand-to-shoulder
contact as possible. Now you must be patient. Do not attempt to force your
thoughts or make something happen. Let your mind be free and peaceful. You
may feel a mild heat or tingling sensation around the feet, or an energy
working up through the legs or back--even as high as the head.
This is the
foundation for everything that follows. In most cases, you will see some
realignment of the spine. The results you will see depend largely upon the
frequency of the person holding the feet. If there are other people in the
room with negative attitudes and the individual applying the oils does not
have a high enough frequency to block out that negative interference, the
results may be less than optimal.
Next comes the application of the oils of Thyme
(Note: For people with fair, sensitive or thin skin, it would be
appropriate to test for skin sensitivity before using these spicy oils.
Try a single drop and wait for 60 seconds to see if any redness or
discomfort appears. If so, add 5-10 drops of vegetable oil to cool the
area. Then proceed with the technique using a highly diluted solution of
these oils with mixing oil-1 drop essential oil to 10 drops V-6
Mixing Oil .)
Hold the bottle
approximately six inches above the skin and let five drops of each oil
drop from the bottle evenly spaced along the spine from bottom to top
(sacrum to atlas or 1st cervical). Try to stay in the electrical field as
much as possible. It does not matter which oil is applied first. Apply one
oil and then layer it by gently spreading it evenly along the curvature of
the spine. Apply the second oils the same way. You don't need large drops,
and more is not better. Then apply 10 to 15 drops of the V-6
Mixing Oil to prevent any discomfort.
With four inch
strokes in a brushing motion and using the nail side of your finger tips,
lightly feather up the spine from the sacrum to the atlas. Remember to
follow the curvature of the spine. Repeat this technique two more times,
always starting at the sacrum.
Then use your
fingertips again, starting at the sacrum, feathering up again about four
inches, and then flaring your finger tips out to the side of the body. The
right hand will move to the right, and the left hand will move out to the
left. Begin your stroking again, starting at the sacrum, stroking up about
eight inches, and then flaring out again. Begin your stroking again,
starting at the sacrum, feathering up about 12 inches, and then flaring
the fingers out. Continue this technique to the atlas and flare out
through the shoulders. Repeat this whole sequence two more times.
The final move in
this step is to start at the sacrum, and in full-length strokes, feather
all the way up the spine to the atlas and then feather your fingertips out
over the shoulders and repeat two more times.
Now apply the oils of Cypress,
in that order. Apply four to five drops of the first oil along the length
of the spine. Layer it in by evenly spreading it with your fingertips.
Then do the same with the other three. Starting on one side of the spine,
gently massage the oils in along the spine. Do not work directly on the
spine. Do not force it or apply direct pressure. Start at the sacrum and
use the fingertips of both hands placed side-by-side, and in a circular
clockwise motion, work up the side of the spine to the atlas, pushing or
pulling the tissue in the direction you want the spine to move. This
technique helps to create a "space" for the spine to move. After
finishing one side of the spine, walk around to the other side of the
individual and begin on the second side starting from the sacrum working
up to the atlas. Repeat this two more times.
Next, using the
index and middle fingers of either hand, place the fingers so that they
"straddle" the spine beginning at the atlas. In this position,
you move from top to bottom. With mild pressure and with the fingers on
either side of the spine, place one hand over the top of the fingers in a
gentle sawing-like action, rock the fingers back and forth while moving
gently down the spine to the sacrum. Repeat this two more times.
The next technique
will take a little practice. Beginning at the sacrum with your thumbs on
either side of the spine, you will use the Vita Flex technique working up
the spine about a thumb's width apart with each move up to the atlas. With
the thumbs on each side of the spine, nail side up and slightly angled
out, rock the thumbs up to where the thumbs are straight up with the
joints bent and apply a mild pressure straight down. Continue to roll your
thumbs slightly over onto the nails and then release. Move your thumbs up
about a thumb's width and apply the same technique. Do this all the way to
the atlas and then repeat two more times.
Apply five to six drop of Marjoram
Siez to each side of the spine, away from the spine, into the muscle
tissue all over the back. Work these oils in using a gentle massage to
smooth and relax, working all over the back for a few minutes. After the
oils have been massaged in well, rest approximately five minutes. Then
Ease over the entire area of the back and legs.
Take a hand towel that is folded into thirds lengthwise and soak it in
water that is comfortably warm but not hot. Wring it out and lay it along
the entire length of the spine. Take a dry towel and fold it in half
lengthwise and place it over the wet towel. Pay close attention because
the back can become very hot! The heat will generally build slowly in
intensity to where it will peak in five to eight minutes and then cool
down to where it feels pleasant. The water in the towel drives the oils
deeper into the skin. The more out of balance, the more virus or bacteria
activity in the body, or the more inflammation in the spine, the hotter
the area will become along the spine. Some people will experience no heat,
for some it will be mild and very pleasant, while for others it may be hot
and a little uncomfortable. Pay attention to what the person is saying.
Ask questions. If it gets too uncomfortable, remove the towels and apply
Mixing Oil on the back and work it in. This will usually remove the
heat in minutes.
After putting the
towels on, wait a few minutes to see how the person is responding. If the
back does not become very hot, have the person roll over so the back is
against the towels on the table. This usually creates more heat.
Take the four oils of Wintergreen,
in that order, and apply two to three drops of each oil along the inside
of the lower legs along the shin bone from the bottom of the knee area to
the top of the big toes. Apply one at a time and layer each oil in before
applying the next oil.
Place fingers of one
hand along the inside of the shin bone just below the knee, work down to
the ankle, and then along the foot up to the top of the big toe using the
Vita Flex Technique. Roll your fingers up and then over onto the nails of
the fingers, applying slightly more pressure at the top of the roll and
releasing as you come over onto the nails. Short nails would be
appreciated by the person on whom you are working. Do this three times on
This next step works best with two people. Have the individual assisting
stand at the feet of the person on whom you are working and hold each leg
tightly just above the ankles. You stand at the head and gently put your
right hand under the base of the head and your left hand around the chin
and gently pull to create a slight tension. [Note: Do not pull on the
chin, only on the base of the head.]
Hold this traction
for several minutes, but do not pull hard. The person at the feet will be
the anchor, holding the same position while the person at the head begins
a mild rocking of pulling releasing, pulling and releasing, etc. This make
take anywhere from four to eight minutes. It can be tiring, so you have to
exercise patience. As you get a feel for the whole application, you will
sense what is needed.
Have the person on the table roll back so he or she is again face down.
Rest the head in the head-cradle of the massage table again and make sure
the person is lying straight. Remove the towels and then examine the
spine. Corrections may or may not be visible. At this point you may add
another therapy as desired. Sometimes the desired results do not come
immediately, and yet the body will continue to respond for days, at which
time you may begin to see gradual changes.
This is the basic
Raindrop Technique, although there are several variations. Everybody is
different, and what works for one may not work for another. Different body
types respond to the applications in ways not expected. Learn to be
sensitive to the person to whom you are working so that you can respond to
his or her needs.
The question is
often asked, "How long does this
application last?" Again, everybody
responds differently. Generally speaking, the level of health and proper
diet are key factors as are exercise and mental attitude. One application
may last months for one person, but then for another it may be necessary
to have the application done every week until the body begins to respond.
The key is to retrain the body. In some cases, you will have to develop a
new memory in the tissue in order for the body to stay where it should be.
This may take a few weeks or even a year or longer.
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