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How Did It All Begin?
Since ancient times, many cultures including the Egyptians, Romans and Greeks, have used the traditional natural therapy of ear candling on a spiritual level, to purify and cleanse the aura. Hopi Ear Candling techniques as we know them today, however, are believed to originate from the Native American Hopi Indians of North Arizona. Interestingly, Hopi means ‘peaceful people’ and this gentle and soothing therapy is indeed well known for its calming and relaxing effects. Ear candles are now widely used throughout the modern world for helping specific conditions and to still stressful minds.
Who Can Benefit?
A Hopi Ear Candle treatment can be enjoyed purely for relaxation purposes, but the process is believed to be helpful for many problems and conditions, including the following:
- Hay fever
- Irritability and stress
- May help to loosen excessive ear wax
- Ear pressure due to flying
- Blockages from swimming, diving and air travel
How Does It Work?
Hopi Ear Candling is a gentle, relaxing treatment involves the use of hollow tubes (candles) which are inserted into the outer ear canal and when lit the flame creates a gentle vacuum which may help to draw impurities gently to the surface. The treatment concludes with a face massage and scalp massage in which the sinuses and lymphatic points are treated to encourage efficient drainage.
What Does It Feel Like?
As the candle burns down, many say it sounds like a fire softly crackling away which adds to the overall relaxing experience. The usual burn time of each candle is between ten and fifteen minutes. A pleasant feeling of warmth from both the candle and the reassurance of the therapist’s touch also makes this a deeply relaxing treatment.
Ear candling is a gentle non-invasive process but there are certain conditions that would prevent treatment.
- Grommets, drains or tubes fitted in the ear
- Cochlear implants
- Perforated eardrum (or lack of eardrum)
- Ear or sinus inflammation or infection
- Auricular cysts
- Recent head or neck injury
- Recent ear surgery
- Any condition of the ear for which you are seeing your GP
- If you are allergic to ingredients in the candle
- High or low blood pressure
- First trimester of pregnancy
Please note this is not an exhaustive list – your practitioner or therapist will be able to guide you further about whether or not the treatment is suitable for you.
The information given is for personal information and interest only. It is not intended to offer professional medical advice or treatment on any condition. Always consult with your GP if you are concerned about any health condition.