Hopi Ear Candling
Thermal Auricular therapy is a natural, non-invasive way or treating the ears. Hopi Ear Candles (often shortened to Ear Candles) are hollow tubes traditionally made from organically grown flax, extracts of honey, beeswax and herbs. These candles provide a non-invasive treatment of the ears which are used in a variety of conditions in a practice often know as Thermal Auricular Therapy.
The use of ear candles is thought to be thousands of years old and was seen in Egypt, Greece and Rome. Though it is the Native American Hopi Indian tribe that has had the most recent influence on modern Europe and helped to term the phrase ‘hopi ear candle’.
The treatment is very relaxing. You only need concern yourself with lying fairly still in a comfortable position whilst the hopi candle is gently inserted in their ear.
How the treatment works
When lit, the candles have a slight sucking action often referred as the chimney principle, drawing out impurities to the surface where they can be gently removed. Some of the wax can be found in the lower section of the candle after removal from the ear, or some could even work its way up to the surface 24-48 hours later.
The rising air inside the ear sets up a vibration which gently massages the eardrum. This can help to regulate the pressures involved inside the ear. The flow of air within the candle creates a circulation of concentrated vapour. This is both soothing and calming and protects the irritated areas.
The session is not complete until I have given the client a facial massage using the Manual Lymphatic Drainage routine. This helps with further drainage both of the ears and sinuses and increases relaxation.