Originally published in Body Sense magazine, Autumn/Winter 2003.
Copyright 2003. Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. All rights reserved.Q:
I recently heard someone refer to raindrop therapy. I'd like to know more about this technique.A:
Anne Wood is a raindrop technique therapist at The Wonder of Touch Massage Therapy at Birchwood Center in Nyack, N.Y. She describes the technique as "a wonderfully, powerful tool for addressing the central nervous system, our most important 'central command' for our bodies. Pure, quality essential oils are used to address those pathogenic organisms that hibernate along our spinal cords and in our lymphatic system," she says. "Our bodies have the ability to hang on to these organisms, causing myriad health-related issues (i.e., colds, fatigue, suppressed immune function, to name a few). When our bodies are unbalanced in any way, these organisms/bacteria can be released and manifest as disease and illness.
"There are seven essential oils and two blended oils used that are very high in antibacterial/antimicrobial properties. They are dispensed on the back like little drops of rain in a very synergistic sequence. A massage and feathering technique is used to apply the oils as you relax on the table.
"After the 45-minute application, a hot, moist compress is applied for an even deeper penetration of the oils into the tissues and cells of the body.
"Essential oils can affect every cell of the body within 20 minutes and are metabolized like other nutrients. Some of the oils used are oregano, thyme, basil, marjoram, wintergreen, cypress and peppermint. The blends are comprised of antispasmodic properties and balancing properties to support the electrical and energy alignment of the body. When the body is in balance, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being is promoted, not to mention the fact that they smell incredible."