Thermal Auricular Therapy (Hopi Ear Candles) is a relaxing, non-invasive treatment of the ears. It is used to treat a variety of conditions. The candles induce a revitalising heat within the head and ears, which soothes, relieves and relaxes.
History of Hopi ear candles:
This is an an old and natural therapy handed down over many civilisations. Apparently Ancient Greeks used ear candles, initially for cleansing, purifying and healing on a spiritual basis, but later on a physical basis. The practice reached the modern world thanks to the native American Hopi Indians of North Arizona (Hopi means peaceful people). Ear candles were used traditionally by Shamen healers. Historic wall paintings show their 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 the candles work:
The candles are made from the natural ingredients. A constant high quality is ensured. The candles work on a chimney principle, they draw 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.
What are the candles used for?
Though results may vary from patient to patient, Hopi Candles may help with a wide range of disorders in ears and/or sinuses and have a relaxing calming effect for stress disorders.
Remember, if in doubt, always contact your GP.
Are there any side effects?
No contradications are known as such but as a precaution, I would not use Hopi candles :
- If grommets are in place
- If there is inflammation or infection
- In the event of an allergic reaction to the contents.
Most clients find the treatment relaxing and feel ‘less pressure’ in the ears and head and a relaxing and calming effect on the whole system.
Where long-term conditions are being treated, the client sometimes experiences slight headaches and maybe ‘popping’ shortly after the treatment.
What can I expect from a treatment session?
You are required to lie comfortably on the couch and listen to soothing music. The candle is then gently placed into the auditory canal, where it is lit. The candle is held in a vertical position by my hands keeping the candle steady and also stopping any ash falling on to the client. You will experience quiet crackling sounds as the candle burns and the warmth as the candle burns down.. As the candle burns down, the ash t turns to dust. The candle is then taken away while you lie there for a few moments before turning over to treat the other ear. Most clients find the whole experience very relaxing. Some even fall asleep as it is such a relaxing treatment. There is also massage to the back of the ears and front to encourage loose wax of the ear to make its own way out. Also a mini head massage to complete the treatment.