Hopi Ear Candling or Thermo-Auricular Therapy is a very ancient healing practice. There are records of this type of treatment from many ancient races such as the Egyptians, Assyrians and also the Native Americans.
This treatment can help with excess wax in the ears, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), blocked sinuses, migraines and headaches and similar conditions. Also it can help to rebalance the pressure in the ears. The candles are hollow cotton or linen tubes that are impregnated with beeswax mixed with herbs and essential oils.
They work by a mixture of a light chimney effect and warmth to release matter from the ears and balance the pressure inside the ear. You will be asked to complete a client form giving your medical history and to give details of what it is you require help with. You will then be asked to remove your shoes and glasses (if worn) and lie on the treatment couch.
The treatment begins with a short facial massage to help loosen any blockages in the sinus and ears. Then you will be asked to turn onto one side and the lit candle is placed into the ear. Once the candle has burned down the contents are examined to establish how to proceed. The other ear is then treated in the same way. You will be invited to relax for a while afterwards. During the treatment you can normally hear a crackling sound from the candles and notice warmth in the ear.
Suitable for any age. Contra indications – This treatment should not be used if you have –
- A current ear infection
- Grommets in place
- A perforated ear drum
- If in doubt check with your GP