Thermal Auricular Therapy (also known as Hopi Ear Candles) is a pleasant and non-invasive treatment of the ears. Hopi Ear Candles are often used to help remove excess wax relieve blocked sinuses and are wonderfully relaxing.
When is Hopi Ear Candles useful?
Hopi Ear Candles is useful when your ears feel blocked and congested. It can a useful aid for individuals who travel by aircraft frequently.
A brief history of Hopi Ear Candles
This is ancient and natural therapy handed down by many civilisations. It is believed that the Ancient Greeks used ear candles, intially probably for cleasing, purifying and healing on a spiritual basis, but much later on a purely physical basis. However, the practise reacted the modern world via the native Amercian Hopi Indians of North Arizona (it is ineresting to note Hopi that means peaceful people).
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Ear Candles were used traditionally by Shamen healers. Ancient wallpaintings show there importance in initiation rituals and healing ceremonies of the tribe. The candles are still made today on the basis of the old traditional formula originating from the Hopi Indians.
How do Hopi Ear Candles work?
The candles are made from the natural ingredients of beeswax, honey extracts, sage, St Johns Wort, chamomile, beta-carotene and organically grown flax. A constant high quality is ensured. The candles work on a chimney principle, drawing any impurities to the surface where they can be gently removed. They equalise the pressure in the head and ears, making them suitable for most conditions. Secretion flow is gently stimulated and the vapour collects and removes impurities or deposits. Most of these are carried away through the candle “chimney”, although some of them can be found in the condensed candle wax residue after removal from the ear, or could even work their way up to the surface 24-48 hours after.
Are there any known side effects?
No contraindications are known to date but as a precaution, it is advisable not to use Hopi Ear Candles :
If grommets are in place
If there is inflammation or infection
In the event of an allergic reaction to the contents.
However, most clients find the treatment relaxing and regularly describe a “slight relieved feeling” in the ears and head but also a relaxing and calming effect on the whole body.
What a typical treatment entails.
You are asked to lie comfortably and listen to relaxing music. The candle is then gently placed into the auditory canal, where it is lit. I hold it in a vertical position, my hands keeping the candle steady and, although I place a protective cloth on the face, this prevents any ash falling on to you. You will experience a pleasant crackling sound as the candle burns and a warm comfortable feeling. The candle is then taken away while you lie there for a few moments before turning over to treat the other ear. Most individuals find the whole experience very relaxing. Some fall asleep during treatment.
How much does it cost?
The treatment normally lasts 30 minutes and costs £30 for 40-45 minutes. Buy 5 treatments and get the 6th free.
Here is a list of some typical questions I’m frequently asked. Hopefully anything you might want to know is covered somewhere on this page. If it isn’t, don’t hesitate to contact me.
Does the residue of the candle go into the ear? No – the candles are made with a plug inside which prevents anything going into the ear.
Does it help to have a treatment before taking a flight? Yes – if you have no ear infection and if you suffer with ears or sinus problems, it is a good idea to have a treatment prior to your flight to get rid of any excess wax.
I suffer from a lot of earwax and often have them syringed. Could I use ear candling instead? Yes you could. I have a number of individuals who previously endured the discomfort of syringing but now visit me for hopi treatment instead.