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What ARE Hopi Ear Candles?

Thermo-Auricular Therapy is known under Ear Candling, Ear Coning, Funnelling and Hopi Ear Candles in Britain. This is an ancient and natural therapy handed down by many civilisations.

The aged healing art therapy goes as far back as approximately 2500 years. The process was also known as ‘coning’. The oldest recorded use is by the Hopi Pueblo tribe in the South Western Part of America. The candles were believed to be used for spiritual and medicinal purposes and the Shamen of the tribe was often the person to administer them. The word ‘Hopi’ means peaceful and epitomises their way of life.

Thermo Auricular Therapy is a pleasant and non-evasive treatment of the ears, used to treat a variety of conditions. These ear candles induce a revitalising heat upon the head and ears, which soothes, relieves and relaxes.

During treatment one candle per ear is used. The therapist will slightly mould the bottom of the candle to the client’s ear while they lay on their side and then light the top of the candle. Once the candle has been lit then the herbs, bees wax and other ingredients are vapourised and the smoke is drawn down the inside of the hollow candle. This is when you usually experience sizzling sounds. A slight suction action then occurs and the movement of the smoke will create some vibration which in turn massages the ear drum and therefore the inner and middle ear. The vapours within the ear canal swirl around very gently and then travel back up the inside of the hollow candle.

The warmth of the vapours causes a temperature increase within the ear canal and this then transmits to the rest of the ear and surrounding structures e.g. the nose and sinuses. This then will cause an expansion in these areas and a change in pressure and usually this causes draining and clearing of congestion.

The combination of the heat within the ear and surrounding area and the vapours plus the relaxing face massage at the end of the treatment combine together to form a wonderfully relaxing and holistic treatment.

Ear wax within the ear canal may be warmed and loosened with the heat however it will not be removed by this. A small amount may fall out over the next 24 hours. To disappoint you all it is a myth that the residue found in the candle at the end of the treatment is what has come out of your ear! It is in fact the candle ingredients that have not burned efficiently due to congestion within the ear and anyone that tells you otherwise has been improperly trained.

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