Aromatherapy massage is massage therapy but done with essential oils added to the massage oil or lotion.
The sense of smell is are attached to a part of the brain called the limbic system. The limbic system controls and influences the emotions and the nervous system and hormones.
When you inhale essential oil molecules, messages are transmitted to the limbic system and effect several systems of the body including heart rate, stress level, blood pressure, breathing, memory, digestion, and the immune system.
Essential oils are absorbed through the skin.
Every essential oil has different healing properties. Some calm while others energize.
Why Do People Get Aromatherapy Massage?
Aromatherapy massage is well suited to conditions involving stress or emotionally related conditions. Stress and stress-related conditions such as insomnia, headache, digestive disorders, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and back pain.
Here is some of the research being done on aromatherapy massage:
Significantly improved symptoms and wellbeing in people with lymphedema. It also slightly, but not significantly reduced limb volume. However, carefully chosen aromatherapy oils did not appear to be more effective than massage without aromatherapy oils.
Sixteen first-time mothers received a 30-minute aromatherapy massage two days after delivery, while 20 mothers received standard postpartum care. The aromatherapy massage group had significantly decreased ratings of postpartum blues and anxiety and had increased vigor and attachment to their babies.
Research suggests that patients with cancer, particularly in the palliative care setting, are increasingly using aromatherapy and massage.
Raindrop technique is a powerful technique using essential oils developed by D. Gary Young in the 1980s. It combines several holistic modalities, bringing balance and alignment to the body in a non-invasive manner. It helps stimulate all the systems of the body on a physical and emotional level.
What is Raindrop Technique?
This technique involves applying therapeutic grade essential oils to the spine, neck and feet. The session lasts about an hour however the benefits may last up to a week or more.
Gary found that combining several holistic techniques created a synergistic effect on the body. The three modalities that combine to form Raindrop Technique are:
Aromatherapy – Raindrop technique uses seven single essential oils, two blends and one essential oil massage blend during the session. It’s congruent with the French application of essential oils being applied NEAT (undiluted) to the body.
Vita Flex Technique – Vita Flex was brought to the US in the 1920s by Stanley Burroughs. It’s an ancient Tibetan healing methodology meaning “vitality through the reflexes”. The theory is based on slight pressure being applied to the body which creates an electric charge that’s therapeutic. It’s known as piezoelectric.
Feather Stroking – This is similar to a massage technique called effleurage. But was termed by the Native American Indians.
How does Raindrop get its Name?
Essential oils are dropped from about 6 inches above the spine, simulating rain drops! It feels like a rain drop gently striking your spine, which is very relaxing and comforting.
It’s thought that the oils interact with a person’s electric field before even penetrating the skin on the back. Thereby enhancing the electromagnetic properties of the oils as well.
What is Feather Stroking?
Gary Young worked with a Lakota elder in the 1980’s named Wallace Black Elk. He found that the Lakota people crossed the border into Canada to experience the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis. The Lakota people would raise their hands toward the light and breathe in their energy for healing purposes.
Once the Lakota people could no longer cross the border (due to the border crossings and reservations), they created a technique along the spine using a feather that simulated the healing energy of Aurora Borealis. This is the massage technique taught to Gary Young named feather stroking.
What are the Benefits?
There are numerous benefits of the Raindrop Technique. Here are just a few:
- Balance and Re-align the Energy Centers of Chakras of the Body – electrical and structural alignment to the body. The essential oil helps the body align and is often referred to as a “chiropractor in the bottle”.
- Non-Manipulative Technique – No manipulation of the spine is performed. The oils help the body come back into balance by opening energy flow through the body.
- Reduce Stress and Minor Anxiety – The oils enhance positive emotions such as joy and happiness, and can help release negative emotions which are subconsciously stored on a cellular level.
- Aid the Body’s Natural Response to Irritation and Injury – Thyme and Oregano support the immune, respiratory, nervous, and other body systems. They’re also strong antioxidants.
- Ease Muscle, Bone, and Joint Discomfort – Muscles that are sore, spastic or stressed also benefit. Basil, Wintergreen, Marjoram, Cyprus and Peppermint essential oils reduce tension. Wintergreen supports healthy bone structure.
- Improve Immune System Functions – Thyme and Oregano essential oils support the immune system and aid the release of toxins of the body. This contributes positively to overall health and well-being.
- Emotional Release and Well Being – Essential oils cross the blood-brain barrier and effect the limbic system where emotions are stored.
- Help Detox the Body Systems – The oils being high in phenols cleanse cellular receptor sites thus enhance cleansing of the body.
- Increase in Height – Yes, most people experience a slight increase in their height! This is due to the realignment of the spine and detoxification along the spinal column.
And many more!