with Tracy Griffiths
Saturday October 19th
4:00pm - 8:30pm
Saturday October 19th
4:00 - 8:30pm
Attention Massage Therapists : Earn 4.5 hour CE's for NCBTMB with this class.
The Raindrop Technique is a series of therapeutic grade essential oils, such as oregano, thyme, basil, cypress, wintergreen, marjoram, peppermint and some specialty blends that are dropped about 6-8 inches from the bottle, like raindrops along the spine and massaged in a very particular way on to the bottoms of the feet.
In this class you will receive a Raindrop session and you will learn to give a Raindrop session. This method utilizes a sequence of essential oils that are immune- enhancing that support the body’s natural defenses, as well as the circulatory, respiratory, endocrine, digestive, nervous, and other body systems.
This is a highly effective detoxifying treatment, and one must prepare to receive this session by drinking at least 16 ounces of water, before the session and continue drinking more water after the session. As aromatherapy gains popularity among complimentary medicine, western medical and laypeople alike, more and more bodywork professionals now integrate essential oils into their practice and their lives.
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are the lifeblood and essence of the plant which are extracted from leaves, flowers, roots, buds, twigs, rhizomes, heartwood, bark, resin, seeds and fruits. They are chemically similar in structure to human blood. The most common methods of extraction are water and steam distillation, and mechanical processing as is done with citrus rinds.
Essential oils are exponentially more concentrated than their herbal counterparts. For example, the potency in one drop of peppermint oil is equal to approximately 26 cups of peppermint tea.
Why these particular essential oils?
The set of essential oils used in this technique, even when diluted with thick fatty vegetable oils, are life giving by nature.
Oregano (Origanum vulgare): While the oil has an intriguing aromatic profile, Oregano oil benefits also include creating a relaxing experience.
Thyme (Thymus vulgaris): May be beneficial for overcoming fatigue and exhaustion.
Basil (Ocimum basilicum): Basil essential oil has a fresh, herbaceous aroma that can be calming and refreshing.
Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens): Cypress has a fresh, herbaceous aroma that can promote a sense of security and grounding.
Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens): Wintergreen’s refreshing minty aroma is stimulating and invigorating.
Majoram (Origanum majorana): is an aromatic herb known for its aroma therapeutic and culinary uses. Its botanical name means "joy of the mountain" in Greek, and was actually first used to make wreaths for use as wedding flowers.
Peppermint (Mentha piperita): Fresh, nostalgic, and instantly recognizable, Peppermint essential oil’s scent invigorates the mind and senses, while inspiring a sense of peace. Used topically, Peppermint oil creates a cool, tingling sensation on the skin.
Valor®: essential oil blend is a woodsy, positive scent comes from a blend of Black Spruce, Blue Tansy, and Frankincense.
After each particular oil is dropped along the spine they are massaged into the skin into a very particular fashion. The bodywork techniques of this session are not like any others you have experienced or have been taught. These techniques originate from Tibetan medicine and Native American practices. This is truly an eclectic integration of modalities.
Once all of the oils have been applied to the feet and the spine, then a warm moist towel is placed on the receiver’s spine for about 10 minutes, or the receiver can sit up and turn over and lay on top of a warm moist towel. From there the client can receive cranial sacral techniques or balancing holds to bring the session to completion.
Clients who specifically come for Raindrop sessions are usually looking to support a health ‘project ‘that they are ready to release but mostly they come for the Raindrop session to rejuvenate and build themselves physically, emotionally and spiritually. The essential oils bring clients to a deeper place within. It’s kind of like giving clients a ‘truth serum’ for their entire being, and they can have a purer experience of themselves in this session.
When Tracy teaches the Raindrop class, she will have the students measure their heights before and after the session, and inevitably their height increases anywhere from a ¼ inch to even one and ½ inches! There are many opinions as to why that happens, too many to hypothesize for this article.
If you are looking for a new modality to add to your practice and open to the use of therapeutic grade essential oils, check out Gary Young’s Raindrop Technique. Tracy has personally experienced incredible results on her own health, and facilitated these experiences for hundreds of others!
Instructor Tracy Griffiths, Board Certified Polarity Therapist, Global TRE® practitioner and yoga instructor mentors people all over the world to have healthier and more dynamically fulfilling lives by utilizing essential oils in tandem with yoga, energetic bodywork and TRE, (Trauma Release Exercise). In 2008 Tracy created Aroma Yoga®, a multi-faceted program designed for yoga students, yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and anyone who wishes to use and share essential oils with integrity and safety in mind.
Tracy is the co-owner and co-director of IPSB at Life Energy Institute in Southern California and is also the principal essential oil therapy instructor for the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program™, an organization created by Donna Karan, Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee, that brings yoga, Reiki and Young Living Essential Oils to hospital patients and their care partners.
Her mission is to transform the healthcare industry with essential oils, while helping others become empowered to having true wellness naturally. For over 18 years she has been leading workshops, certified trainings and retreats all over the world, feeding her passion for travel and exploration.