Raindrop Therapy is a technique using a sequence of highly anti-microbial essential oils designed to simultaneously reduce inflammation and kill the viral agents responsible for it. The oils are dispensed like little drops of rain from the height of about 6 inches above the back and massaged along the vertebrae. Raindrop technique originated from the research of Dr. Gary Young N.D., a Lakota medicine man in the 1970s.
Aromatherapy is the art and science of using essential oils for the improvement and maintenance of physical and psychological health. This treatment uses a range of of pure essential oils of which the odour or fragrance plays an important part in treating, for example, therapeutically stress, anxiety, depression, PMS and symptoms related to menopause.
Each essential oil has a unique combination of constituents that interact with the body's chemistry in a direct manner influencing certain organs or system as a whole. When oils are applied topically, they are easily absorbed through the skin and transported throughout the body.
Although some form of this treatment may have been practiced in ancient times, modern developments began in Europe in the early 20th century. Essential oils were used to treat wounded soldiers in World War I. In the 1920s, the scientific study of this type of therapy was initiated by René-Maurice Gattefossé, a French chemist, who treated himself for a burn with lavender oil and later studied the properties of various essential oils.
It was discovered that essential oils contain antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic properties, as well as being powerful oxygenators with the ability to act as carrying agents in the delivery of nutrients into the cells. They also assist in the disposal of toxic waste from the body's tissue.
The essential oils are the key to this form of therapy. They are liquids distilled from the flowers, leaves, stems or roots of certain plants and contain the essence of the plants from which they were removed. They are not the same as perfume or fragrance oils. Essential oils are sometimes blended together and are often diluted with a carrier oil. During treatment the oils are are imhaled or applied to the skin. Massage therapy sometimes uses a blend of massage oil with essential oils. During massage, the oils provide stimulation via the nose as well as being absorbed through the skin.
Commercial products such as candles, lotions, etc., are often labeled as "aromatherapy", but many of these consist of synthetic fragrances that are not the same as essential oils.
Our therapist for this treatment is Rosalin Peacock, RMT.