Spinal Touch is a century-old technique, one of the so-called
"light touch" therapies; in these, there is actual body-contact with
the client but this is so gentle that no discomfort is caused by the treatment.
Spinal Touch has no contra-indications
- it is safe to use on babies and geriatrics, on people with heart conditions or
bursting with health.
The vast majority of people so
their bodies that their balance is upset – evidenced by the centre of gravity
drifting to one side. In trying to correct this, the muscles of the back will
pull the spine into a distorted shape, which results in excess tissue pressure
on the nerve roots emerging from the spinal cord through the vertebrae. As the
whole body (including all its organs) is controlled by the nerves, this pressure
causes all manner of problems.
For example, only 5% of back pain
cases relate to injury or deterioration of the vertebrae or disks; 95%
of back pain cases are the result of muscular
activity. Particularly noticeable is pressure on the sciatic nerve at the
fourth lumbar vertebra, inducing pain down the back and legs. Breathlessness and
aching arms and wrists can be caused by pressure on the first thoracic vertebra;
bladder problems by pressure on the third lumbar vertebra; and so on.
Spinal Touch gently restores
correct posture to allow the back muscles to relax and the spine to straighten.
This in turn removes the pressure from the nerve roots, which encourages the
body to function properly and without pain. And it does this remarkably quickly,
Treatment after assessment consists
of about 180 mini-massages on specific points over the whole back. Many clients
actually go to sleep on the couch, so gentle and effective is the treatment,
which usually lasts about 20-30 minutes.