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Raindrop Therapy Aromatherapy Massage

Raindrop Therapy is an aromatherapy treatment that focuses on utilizing the properties found in 9 specific essential oils to aid the recipient in seasonal transitions and detoxification support. Young Living’s proprietary Raindrop Technique® combines unique, targeted massage and energy approaches with pure, authentic essential oils for a deeply harmonizing, rejuvenating, and relaxing experience. The technique, developed by Young Living Founder and CEO D. Gary Young, draws from his experience with Native American wellness traditions and provides a revolutionary means of nurturing harmony—physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Young Living’s proprietary Raindrop Technique® combines unique, targeted massage and moist heat with pure, authentic essential oils for a deeply harmonizing, rejuvenating, and relaxing experience.

The oils used in this luxirous 90 minute massage therapy session are:

Oregano
Oregano

Oregano: This oil has been known to affect the immune and respiratory systems. It has anti-viral, antiparasitic, antifungal properties as well as being antiseptic to the respiratory system. Aromatic influences can strengthen one’s feelings of security.

Thyme
Thyme

 

 

 

 

Thyme: An oil high in antioxidants, Thyme his HIGHLY antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiviral and antiseptic. It is known to be a general tonic for the nerves and stomach and aids in circulation. Aromatic influences include providing energy in times of physical weakness and stress. It is also uplifting and can aid in relieving depression.

 

Basil
Basil

Basil is known to be antibacterial, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, anti oxidant, antiviral as well as diuretic, disinfectant (urinary/pulmonary) stimulant (nerves, adrenal cortex) and uplifting. *Aromatic influence is that it helps one maintain an open mind and increases clarity of thought.

 

 

Marjoram: This oil was used to combat poisoning, fluid retention and muscle spasams. It is known to ease muscle fatigue and is also highly antibacterial, anti-infectious, antiseptic and is a arterial vasodilator.

Marjoram
Marjoram

 

 

 

Cypress
Cypress

 

Cypress: This oil is distilled from the botanical conifer and is steam distilled from branches. Anti-bacterial, anti-infectious, antimicrobial, astringent, decongestant of the lymphatic system and is also vasoconstricting. Aromatic influence is that it strengthens and helps ease feelings of loss. It creates a feeling of security and grounding.

 

 

Wintergreen oil is a very strong and penetrating aromatically. It has been known to be beneficial for rheumatism, muscular pain, cramps, arthritis, tendonitis, hypertension and inflammation. Aromatic influences are elevating, opening and increasing awareness in the sensory system. 

 

Peppermint
Peppermint

 

Peppermint: Known for invigorating and cooling properies, peppermint is also analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral.

 

 

 

 

Valor™ is a proprietary blend of Young Living Essential Oils that contains the following blend: Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Cananga odorata (Ylang ylang) flower oil, Coriandrum sativum (Coriander) seed oil, Citrus aurantium bergamia (Bergamot) peel oil, Picea mariana (Northern Lights black spruce) leaf oil, Chamomilla recutita (Matricaria) flower oil, Picea pungens (Idaho blue spruce) branch/leaf/wood oil, Boswellia carterii (Frankincense) oil, Vetiveria zizanoides (Vetiver) root oil, Cistus ladaniferus (Cistus) oil, Cinnamomum cassia (Cassia) leaf oil, Artemisia pallens (Davana) flower oil, Pelargonium graveolens (Geranium) flower oil

Aroma Siez™ is also a proprietary blend of Young Living Essential Oils containing the following carefully crafted blend: Ocimum basilicum (Basil) oil, Origanum majorana (Marjoram) leaf oil, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) oil, Mentha piperita (Peppermint) oil, Cupressus sempervirens leaf/nut/stem oil

OrthoEase® is one of the massage oils used during this treatment. It contains the following: Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, Gaultheria procumbens (Wintergreen) leaf oil, Vitis vinifera (Grape) seed oil, Mentha piperita (Peppermint) oil, Juniperus osteosperma (Juniper) oil, Eucalyptus globulus leaf oil, Cymbopogon flexuosus (Lemongrass) oil, Origanum marjorana (Marjoram) leaf oil, Thymus vulgaris (Thyme) oil, Vetiveria zizanoides (Vetiver) root oil, Triticum Aestivum (Wheat) Germ Oil, Prunus dulcis (Sweet almond) oil, Eucalyptus Radiata Leaf Oil, Olea europaea (Olive) fruit oil

Definitely let your therapist know if you have a sensitivity to one or more of the above ingredients.

 

Medical Massage & Intuitive Healing

 

What is Medical Massage?

Medical Massage, by definition, refers to therapy prescribed by a physician and the massage is performed following the directives of that physician. Under this definition I have administered hundreds of medical massages during my career in Longmont, CO. I have worked closely with chiropractors, physical therapists and osteopathic doctors to assist patients seeking relief from pain, healing from trauma and injury or recovering from surgery. I love working with people who truly want to get better. People who, from whatever unfortunate life circumstance or event find themselves unable to engage with life, their passion, their joy or even inhabit their body with the now elusive ease they once embodied. The majority of the people seeking medical massage, in my experience, fall into this category.  

Now I will say this, as well. And any honest long time bodyworker will agree: not everyone wants to get better, or more accurately said, many people have an aspect (or two) of themselves that doesn’t really want to get better and here the journey begins. I found this out working in the medical massage field faster than any other field in the realm of bodywork. Often times people would come to me on their insurance company’s dime and I would start to notice a pattern of missed appointments. Or they would find interesting and creative ways to sabotage the progress they were making in our sessions. It was not unusual for these particular patients to be in a lot of pain with very few to no pain management tools and an approach to self awareness that appeared sophistical at best. Additionally, it is always helpful for healthcare providers to realize that those who present on our tables and in our clinics are holding a key to our (as providers) own process, as well. So it bodes well for us to dig deeper.

Rather than finding the latter type of patients discouraging to work with regarding their whiplash injuries, soft tissue trauma, surgical rehabilitation etc, their attitude (disconnected as it was) gave me the acumen to look for an accompanying root cause of this disconnection. Where was this resistance coming from? Certainly it is not the horrible relationship one client professed to have with his daughter, right? I mean, while this incessant complaining about her WAS the verbal focus of almost all of his sessions (and he certainly did not appear to be getting better) it couldn’t possibly be influencing his physical progress so severely. Or could this perpetual negative perception be, in fact, stalling his recovery? Is there something additional to addressing the physical manifestations that can be done? These were the early questions I started to ask with regards to my own outlook and perceptions as much as those I was working with and life began to unfold for me with steps both small and large in the direction of discovery.

Don’t look now, but in strides Intuition and Intuitive Healing.

What is Intuitive Healing?

“A medical intuitive (by definition) is an alternative medicine practitioner who claims to use their self-described intuitive abilities to find the cause of a physical or emotional condition. Many medical professionals and psychologists attribute perceived anecdotal successes by medical intuitives to a combination of wishful thinking, confirmation bias, the placebo effect, and regression fallacy associated with self-limiting conditions.” This is the description, in part, that Wikipedia currently shares. I will endeavor to share a deeper understanding of my experience here.

There are many schools that offer certifications or degrees in educating an individual to learn to listen to intuition. Here’s the thing, though- we all have it, intuition, that is. How many times have you noticed something about a person or situation and later learned some supporting “proof” of your initial perception? That was your intuition. Or maybe it was a sense that you needed to do something or share something with another person and discover soon enough that a certain experience would have gone more smoothly had you listened to that initial inner prompting.

From a medical perspective, intuitive healing can come in many forms. It may be the doctor hearing the patient say something about their symptoms that is just outside the normal scope of “reason” for a particular test, but in the case of a seasoned practitioner experience and intuition prompts the directive for the test anyhow. Or perhaps it is a more subtle intuitive sense. I once was working with a client who had a toddler whom she described as a “picky eater”. Though she said nothing about specifics I suddenly had the visual of a peanut butter sandwich drop into my awareness coupled with a dropping sensation. I shared this with her and she later confirmed that he had been tested and did indeed have a moderate allergy to peanuts, with these sandwiches being one of the things he was picky about. Now where does this come from, this intuition? Is it just crazy “whoo whoo” best left in the darkened room of a one-off gypsy card reader?

It is my belief that when intuitive guidance is dealt with gracefully and tactfully it provides an important weave in the tapestry of the patient/practitioner relationship. It gives the patient permission to begin listening with more awareness to their own authentic intuition and the most effective healing arts practitioners I am honored to know work in this manner. Researcher Ted Kaptchuk of Harvard Medical School speaks to this when he says “Doctors give subtle cues to their patients that neither may be aware of,” Kaptchuk explains. “They are a key ingredient in the ritual of medicine.” The hope is that the new brain scans will reveal how doctors’ unconscious thought figures into the treatment recipe. (1)  Prof. Kaptchuk’s scientific and scholarly career has involved a multi-disciplinary investigation of placebo effects that integrates concepts, research designs and analytic methods drawn from the basic, clinical, and social sciences as well as the humanities. In this 2011 interview with The New Yorker magazine, Prof. Kaptchuck explains “The goal is to understand placebos so that they may be used intelligently,” he said one day. “But this is the area where I veer from some of my colleagues. Because what do I really want? Anything that gets people away from the conveyor belts that move from the pharmaceutical houses to doctors and on to patients is worth considering. Anything. We need to stop pretending it’s all about molecular biology. Serious illnesses are affected by aesthetics, by art, and by the moral questions that are negotiated between practitioners and patients.” (2)

These moral questions and the discussions that ensue as part of a healing session/guided meditation or massage session are largely facilitated by listening to the client from a position of clarity and non-judgement and allowing them time and space to begin exploring these same qualities within themselves. It is the quintessential “mirror” effect that modern medicine may chalk up to a placebo. However, in some people these placebos may be found to have significant impact on genes and mood regulation.

As pioneers such as Kaptchuk are finding in their research, a new field of medicine is beginning to open up. A review of these researchers’ studies, published recently in Trends in Molecular Medicine by one of them, Kathryn Hall of Harvard Medical School, and her colleagues, suggests genes do indeed seem to matter. Dr Hall looked for links between the placebo effect’s strength and certain mutations, known as single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), in which a single DNA “letter” in a gene is changed. Altogether she found 11 genes, in four neurotransmitter systems, where SNPs made a difference. Five were in the system mediated by dopamine, which includes the brain’s reward centres. Four were in the system mediated by serotonin, which regulates mood. And the opioid and endocannabinoid systems had one each. (3) 

Yes indeed, it is proving to be an exciting time where science, medicine and intuition are finding themselves at a crossroads together. How will you choose to explore YOUR inner wisdom?

 

References:

  1. The Placebo Phenomenon http://harvardmagazine.com/2013/01/the-placebo-phenomenon
  2. “The Power of Nothing: Could studying the placebo effect change the way we think about medicine?”, The New Yorker Magazine,
  3. “Are You Easily Pleased?” The Economist, May 2nd, 2015 ISSUE