Exploring the Raindrop Massage Technique

Updated on March 30, 2020
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I have been an active advocate of alternative health therapies for 10 years, and I am the author of a book on essential oils.

Feel Raindrops of Oil on Your Back to Soothe Your Soul
Feel Raindrops of Oil on Your Back to Soothe Your Soul | Source

Raindrop Massage

If you suffer from aches and pains in your back or poor posture, Raindrop Massage is a terrific soothing option. The technique was specifically designed to promote back health.

This massage technique is a gentle, safe, theraputic option that provides many benefits for anyone suffering from back pain. It is also beneficial to those concerned with avoiding injury during sports training and anyone who wants to maintain good back and spine health. It uses essential oils which are dropped onto areas of the back as well as the insides of the feet, and similar areas that correspond with the spine in reflexology. The oils are gently massaged into these areas where they work to align and detoxify the spine and back issues.

Cautions Around Raindrop Massage

While this aromatherapy and essential-oil based massage technique is a soothing way to ease tension be sure to steer clear of practitioners that use undiluted essential oils and claim that raindrop massage cures scoliosis. Applying undiluted essential oils to your skin can cause burns, inflammation, dermatitis, and other negative side effects.

Talk to your doctor before participating in raindrop massage, as it is risky for certain demographics.

Massage can be Extremely Soothing and Relaxing
Massage can be Extremely Soothing and Relaxing

The Benefits of Essential Oils in Raindrop Massage

The essential oils used in the Raindrop Massage have antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. They promote back and spine health by aiding in detoxification. These essential oils help the body rid itself of the viruses, bacteria, and toxins that cause inflammation and pain.

The Vita Flex Massage technique used in Raindrop Massage benefits the back by stimulating circulation and promoting lymphatic drainage, and the essential oils used to support this process. These oils also enable the detoxification process to continue for up to seven days following each session.

The essential oils promote alignment. Not only do they aid in the alignment of the spine, but they also align and balance the flow of energy throughout the body by opening or releasing blockages that are preventing free circulation. Like detoxification, this alignment process continues for several days following the massage. This is why it's important to drink lots of water post-massage. For more information on how to safely use essential oils, check out the Alliance of International Aromatherapists page.

Nine Essential Oils of Raindrop Massage

Each of the nine essential oils used in Raindrop Massage provides specific benefits. Although other oils may be added to customize the massage, the following are the nine primary oils used in the massage technique, along with some of their beneficial properties:

  1. Thyme: strong antiseptic, antimicrobial, revitalizing and energizing
  2. Oregano: highly antimicrobial and antiviral
  3. Wintergreen: antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antiseptic, eases bone, muscle and joint discomfort
  4. Cypress: anti-infectious, antispasmodic, increases circulation
  5. Peppermint: soothes digestion, improves concentration, promotes mental clarity
  6. Basil: relaxes muscles, soothing
  7. Marjoram: soothes muscles, calms nerves, antimicrobial, antiseptic
  8. Valor: balances electrical energies in the body, promotes balance and alignment
  9. Aroma Siez: relaxes muscles, soothes aching or sore muscles

Diluting Essential Oils

Remember that, when using essential oils in raindrop massage, it is critical that oils are diluted to a safe concentration in a carrier oil before direct skin application.

If you were to dilute an essential oil to 1%, you would use three drops of essential oil per tablespoon of carrier oil.

Demographic
Percent Oil in Dilution (%)
Average adult with no known health issues
2
Elderly adults
1
Children ages six and over
1
Pregnant people
1
Individuals with compromised immune systems, serious health issues (such as diabetes), or sensitive skin
1
Dilution guidelines found on Healthline.com and were originally provided by the Alliance of International Aromatherapists.

The Massage Technique

If you've ever had a massage or participated in aromatherapy, you will be amazed at the unique application involved in Raindrop Massage. The specific way in which essential oils are applied to the back and foot areas directly contributes to its theraputic capabilities, as does the Vita Flex massage technique it involves.

In other types of aromatherapy massage, it is common for the therapist to blend essential oils in the palm of the hand before applying them through massage. During the massage, essential oils are very carefully dripped onto specific points on the feet and spine. The effect mimics the fall of raindrops. This allows the skin to sense and absorb each oil in the same way it would falling drops of rain in the natural environment. Originally, this technique was done without diluting the oils, however, I do not recommend dropping undiluted oils on to the backs of those receiving a massage.

Vita Flex techniques are used in Rainbow Massage to help manipulate the flow of energy throughout the body. This involves precise movements of the fingers and palms over the reflex points where the essential oils have been dropped. This gentle type of massage is relaxing, safe, and non-invasive.

Vita Flex is similar to reflexology.
Vita Flex is similar to reflexology. | Source

The Raindrop Massage Experience

Raindrop Massage usually begins with the feet. Your practitioner will drip essential oils on reflex points on the insides of both of your feet, and then perform the Vita Flex massage. It is common to feel a sensation of warmth after the essential oils are applied to your skin as well as during the Vita Flex massage. By the end of the foot massage, you will start to feel relaxed and rejuvenated. The therapeutic benefits of the essential oils will begin to take effect, and you will feel immersed in the pleasant fragrances of the essential oils.

Following the foot rub, the Raindrop Massage technique is applied to the spine. The sensation of warmth, tingling, and relaxation becomes even more pronounced as the oils continue to be applied to the spine and Vita Flex massage begins.

The massage technique feels very gentle and involves easy strokes, taps, or rolling movements. Vita Flex massage technique is designed to enhance the absorption of the essential oils, but it also stimulates the reflex points. This promotes the release of toxins and supports healing and balance, and it also energizes the body.

A warm compress may be applied to your back to complete your massage. Any back pain or discomfort you were experiencing prior to the massage will dissipate, and you will feel refreshed and energized. One of the unique benefits of the massage is the long-lasting effects it has on the body and mood. The general sense of well-being that results last for several days.

Raindrop Massage Is an Excellent Way to Soothe a Stressed Back

Since Raindrop Massage is such a gentle form of massage, it is incredibly relaxing. Because of its ability to align and balance the energy fields within the body, this therapy is excellent for lessening anxiety, depression, and chronic stress.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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    • Cheryl Zaidan profile image

      Cheryl Zaidan 

      2 years ago

      I've never heard of this - although I have had massage with essential oils. I'll have to seek this out.

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      Debbie Gordon 

      4 years ago from Burleson, TX

      In the Burleson, TX Area - Since I became certified, my passion is to provide high quality, energetic and uplifting aromatherapy application to those needing gentle, non-invasive relief, which enhances and supports the body's immune system and natural defenses. Raindrop creates an experience unequaled by other modalities that naturally balances energy, relaxes and calms. Essential oils are mood elevating known to boost stamina, energy, help relax, help manage normal stress, frustrations, and promote overall health and vitality.

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      restrelax 

      8 years ago from Los angeles CA

      Massage is a great treatment in which therapist provide relief from various body pains and improves our health. Nice hub and keep on sharing.

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      charlotte chiropractor kinesiology 

      10 years ago

      Good article about this technique. I'll have to check it out. Learned something new today.

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      monitor 

      11 years ago from The world.

      This sounds like a relaxing massage indeed, TheresaAnn. It's nice to be able to cure all the aches and pains with something that doesn't have any uncomfortable side effects. I think that I may give this a try!

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