Raindrop Therapy at Evensong Spa
08 Mar, 2018
Aromatherapy in Massage
During our last spa menu update, our therapists were looking for a way to incorporate more aromatherapy into their massages. After witnessing firsthand the benefits of adding essential oils into the services, they were determined to find a treatment that would incorporate as much aromatherapy’s benefits beyond the actual service. After much research and training, Raindrop Therapy became our newest addition to our massage therapy menu.
This powerful technique that harnesses the benefits of essential oils was put together in the 1980s by a man named D. Gary Young. It combines several different methods to rejuvenate the body, and it also aids the body on both a physical and emotional level.
What is Raindrop Technique?
Raindrop Therapy is about applying special essential oils to the spine, neck and feet areas, in a session that lasts around an hour. However, the perks of this therapy can last up to a week or more.
Gary used three holistic methods to create Raindrop Therapy, which creates a synergistic effect for the body as a whole.
- Vita Flex Technique: Stanley Burroughs brought Vita Flex to the United States in the 1920s. “Vitality through the reflexes” is an ancient Tibetan practice that is a theory set in the idea that slight pressure on areas of the body can create an electric charge. This electric charge is thought to be good for the body, and is also known as Piezoelectric.
- Aromatherapy: Raindrop Therapy uses a variety of essential oils during the session. There are seven single oils, two blends, and one oil massage blend, in the same application of the French method where they are applied NEAT, or undiluted, to the body.
- Feather Stroking: This concept was created by Native Americans and taught to Gary by a Lakota elder named Wallace Black Elk. The Lakota would travel to experience the Northern Lights, and take in the energy of this beautiful phenomenon; when they were unable to travel to it, they created a new way of stimulating the same energy. They would take a feather and stroke it along the spine to recreate the energy. It is also known as effleurage.
How does Raindrop get its Name?
This technique gets its name because the oils are dropped onto the spine in the same fashion that rain falls. The idea is that the oils interact with the natural electric field that the body radiates even before touching skin, which enhances the experience and electromagnetic properties of the oils themselves.
What are the Benefits of Raindrop Technique?
There are numerous benefits of the Raindrop Technique. Here are just a few:
- Relax Muscles– Typical oils used to relieve aching muscles are peppermint, cypress, marjoram, wintergreen and basil.
- Reduces Pain – This therapy alleviates back pain, and benefits other systems in the body. The ingredients in the essential oils themselves are good for reducing discomfort and pain.
- Helps Improve Immune Function – Several oils can create an environment for harmful viruses and bacteria that is unfavorable to them, which boosts and supports the immune system. Thyme and oregano are known oils that do this.
- Alleviates Stress and Promotes Emotional Wellbeing – These oils balance the nervous system, which is good for aiding in stress, anxiety and tension. They can also cross the blood-brain barrier and effect the Amygdale which controls our emotions, mood and behavior. The oils immediately enter cell membranes and enter blood and tissue in a matter of moments, offering instant relief.
- Helps Reduce Inflammation –Powerful anti-inflammatory oils are thyme, wintergreen and peppermint, and are often used in Raindrop Therapy.
- Helps Improve Circulation – The oils used in raindrop therapy have oxygenating properties, which is good to boost circulation. Several oils that have these properties are thyme, marjoram, peppermint and cypress.
- Helps Detox the Body Systems –The essential oils used in Raindrop Therapy cleanse the system, due to being high in phenols.
- Helps Improve Immune Function– Several oils can create an environment for harmful viruses and bacteria that is unfavorable to them, which boosts and supports the immune system. Thyme and oregano are known oils that do this.
In short, the benefits of this therapy go well beyond simply physical. Raindrop can not only help relieve pain and restore immediate physical well-being, but it can set in motion the healing processes that will last for weeks. Raindrop Therapy can be added to any of our massages. As an incentive to try out this beneficial treatment, we will be offering $10 off the Raindrop Therapy treatment price through March 31st.
** Due to popular demand we have extended $10 off our Raindrop Therapy add on to any massage until April 17 (taxes due date!).
In health and happiness
Heidel House Resort & Spa