Let's talk about the Raindrop Technique massage. it's been apart of my family's health regimen for many years now.
When I say it's been a game-changer for my family, I mean I cannot imagine what our health would be like without it. The Raindrop has pulled us out of some serious health trials. But I also use it when it's just been a rough day or someone needs extra emotional and physical support! It's a beautiful way to support wellness.
Print this cheat sheet and let me know what you think!
Side note: I've included a quick Raindrop Roller Blend. Mary Young is not a fan of this! I happen to agree with her. The roller bottle blend is FABULOUS support but will not do the exact same thing that layering the oils individually does. So just keep that in mind. :) Enjoy both, but they are different.
What is the Raindrop Technique Massage?
Essential oils are dispensed by the facilitator in a certain order about 6 inches above the
receiver’s back - like drops of rain. The facilitator will start at the low back then “feather” the
oils with the back of the fingers up along the spine, out over the back muscles, and over the
shoulders to the neck. The entire procedure takes about 30-45 minutes. However, many
recipients feel the benefits of the oils and massage several days after. Subsequent massages
may also be needed.
Before we move on, it’s important to mention that this massage technique is just ONE way to
care for your body. There are many other ways - and this massage will bring about more
benefits when combined with regular exercise, a proper diet and water intake, plus sufficient
HISTORY of the raindrop
So how did this technique come about? D. Gary Young (founder of Young Living Essential
Oils) developed this special massage technique based on his research of essential oils and their
body-supporting properties, his knowledge of the Vita Flex reflexology technique, and the
effect of “feathering” on the muscles and nervous system.
Gary pulled from his experience with the Lakota Indians where he learned about their healing
practices. The Lakota people would visit the area of Canada where the Northern Lights were
visible. They would face the lights, hold out their hands, and inhale deeply. It was believed that
the air they inhaled was charged with healing energy and they would feel that energy pass
through their spine and on to affected areas of the body through neurological pathways.
After time, it became difficult for the Lakota people to travel to this area so they began to
practice this technique mentally and coupled it with light stroking to facilitate the spread of
energy and healing throughout the body.
Gary took this technique of light stroking (also known as “feathering”) and joined it with his
beloved essential oils plus his knowledge of Vita Flex. After discovering the incredible effects
the Raindrop Technique was born. It became an accepted therapeutic practice in 1989 and has
since then been embraced by massage therapists, chiropractors, and other medical
professionals around the world for its help with rejuvenation, alignment, and harmony within
benefits OF THE RAINDROP
So why would you want to experience this special massage technique anyways? I mean,
besides feeling super relaxed. Ha! What are the benefits?
Well, massage in itself - even without essential oils - has major benefits! According to
prevention.com*, “No matter the type, the benefits of massage really come down to one thing:
pressure. ‘The skin is moved during a moderate pressure massage, which results in a calming
and slowing of the nervous system,’ says Tiffany Field, PhD, director of the Touch Research
Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine. And that slowing of the nervous
system leads to other physiological effects, too, like a decrease in heart rate, lowered blood
pressure, and changes in EEG patterns (electrical activity in your brain), says Field.”
Now add in essential oils and the special techniques associated with the Raindrop Technique
and boom! You’ve got quite the experience. It’s a safe, non-invasive way to target specific
needs of the body via the spine. It promotes health, can help align the body and mind, and can
be incredibly balancing and harmonizing for the body.
But why the spine? Check out what the University of Maryland has to say about the role the
spine plays in the body. “The nerve fibers in your spinal cord branch off to form pairs of nerve
roots that travel through the small openings (foramina) between your vertebrae. The nerves in
each area of the spinal cord connect to specific parts of your body. The nerves of the cervical
spine go to the upper chest and arms. The nerves in your thoracic spine go to your chest and
abdomen. The nerves of the lumbar spine then reach to your legs, bowel, and bladder. These
nerves coordinate and control all the body's organs and parts, and let you control your
How crazy is that?! It all makes sense now!