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WHAT IS RAINDROP AND VITAFLEX

Raindrop Technique is a procedure for applying essential oils to the feet, back, and spine.  It s a form of aromatherapy.  It was developed during the 1980's by a naturopathic physician, D. Gary Young.  In developing the methodology, Young worked with the Lakota elder.  Raindrop incorporates certain Native American concepts, including a speial form of massage called "feather stroking" which is similar to a massage technique called "effleurage."  

 

Another aspect of Raindrop is "VitaFlex", a therapeutic maneuver adapted from Oriental acupuncture, acupressure, and reflexology.  The term, "VitaFlex," meaning "vitality through the reflexes", was coined by Stanley Burroughs, who studied Oriental medicine and brought the technique to the West.  VitaFlex involves the gentle pressig and rolling of the Raindrop facilitator's fingertips upon the Raindrop receiver's body surface at specific meridians, or reflex points.  The theory of VitaFlex utilizes the fact that the human skin is piezoelectric.  That is, when even a slight pressure is applied to the body surface, a voltage is generated, and electric charges move accordingly.  The currents so generated are thought to be of therapeutic value.

 

The person performing Raindrop is referred to as the "facilitator" while the one receiving the Raindrop is referred to as the "client" or the "receiver".  

 

In summary, Raindrop Technique is a combination of various aspects of conventional massage, adaptations of Oriental acupressure and reflexology (VitaFlex), Native American healing techniques, and aromatherapy using therapeutic-grade essential oils ( defined on the Young Living Tab).  The techniques of Raindrop performed with non-therapeutic grade oils (food or perfume grades) is not a true representation of the method.  

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 VitaFlex maneuver is also throught to assist in the body's absorption and utilization of essential oils.  

Information for this page is taken from, "A Statistical Validation of Raindrop Technique" 

by Dr.  David Stewart, PhD

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