Thermal Auricular Therapy (also known as Hopi Ear Candles) is a pleasant and non-invasive treatment of the ears, used to treat a variety of conditions. I use Hopi Candles frequently at my practice in Wolverhampton and Staffordshire, but there are many reputable therapists throughout the country. I also offer Reflexology Training Courses (and can offer one to one tuition by arrangement).
These ear candles induce a revitalising heat upon the head and ears, which soothes, relieves and relaxes.
This is an ancient and natural therapy handed down by many civilisations. It is believed that the Ancient Greeks used ear candles, initially probably for cleansing, purifying and healing on a spiritual basis, but much later on a purely physical basis. However, the practice reached the modern world via the native American Hopi Indians of North Arizona (it's interesting to note that Hopi means peaceful people). Ear candles were used traditionally by Shamen healers. Ancient 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.
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.
Though results may vary from patient to patient, some of my clients have reported 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.
No contradications are known to date but as a precaution, it is advisable not to use Hopi candles :
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 system.
Where long-term conditions are being treated, the client sometimes experiences slight headaches and occasional popping shortly after the treatment.
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 preventing any ash falling on to you. You will experience a pleasant crackling sound as the candle burns and a warm comfortable feeling. As the candle burns down, the residue ash (if it falls) will just turn 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 fall asleep during treatment.
The treatment lasts ½ hr. However, costs can vary depending on time and location. Please contact me initially for a brief discussion and appropriate prices.
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 ear wax and often have them syringed. Could I use ear candling instead?
Yes you could. I have a number of clients who previously endured the discomfort of syringing but now visit me for hopi treatment instead.