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Hopi Ear Candling and Indian Head Massage #01

Hopi Ear Candling

Ear candling has been used for thousands of years by many ancient civilisations. The native American Indian tribe called the Hopis are believed to be the original source of this technique. An ear candle is not a solid wax candle – it is in fact a hollow linen tube, which has been impregnated with beeswax, vitamins and oils.

Please note : Cathy only uses Biosun® Ear Candles, which have the CE mark (93/42-EEC) for medical devices in Europe, and are the only Ear Candle registered as a Class IIa Medical Device.

Cathy was trained in Ear Candling by Andrew Sceats (Pressuredown Therapies), who is considered to be the UK's leading authority on this therapy.

What conditions can Ear Candling help with?

Users of Hopi ear candles have reported success in treating balance and inner ear problems, build up of wax, ringing in the ears, tinnitus, hearing difficulties and sinus problems as well as colds, ‘flu, sore throats, stress, headaches and migraines. The treatment is suitable for children and is a good alternative for people who have found syringing uncomfortable.

What happens during a treatment?

The client remains fully clothed at all times, but may wish to remove jewellery or loosen tight clothing. The client lies on their side on a massage couch, with their head supported on a pillow so that the auditory canal is vertical. The ear candle is inserted into the outer ear canal, and the end that is furthest away from the head is lit. Each candle has a burning time of 10-12 minutes, and is held in place at all times by the therapist. The process is then repeated on the other ear.

When the candle is burning, a light suction action is created, and the movement of the flame creates a vibration of air in the candle, which generates a massage-like effect on the eardrum. This generates a pleasant ‘crackling’ sound. This is a pleasant feeling, and helps to balance the pressure in the ears, forehead and sinuses. Often the relief from pain and pressure is instant, however sometimes relief occurs during the 2-3 days following a treatment.

Following the Hopi Ear Candle treatment, a relaxing facial massage can be offered, which aids relaxation and sinus clearing.

Please note: Ear candles do not draw hard and compact ear wax up and into the ear candle. The Biosun ear candles may pull a small amount of loose or flaky earwax or dead skin cells from the very external part of the ear, but the residue that remains in the candle after treatment is actually beeswax and honey that has not burnt away completely.

What are the side effects and when should it be avoided?

Hopi ear candles should not be used if there is any inflammation or infection in the ear and are not suitable for people who have had recent ear surgery, or those with ear grommets or tubes, perforated ear drums, or allergies to any of the products in the candle.
Anyone who is receiving medical treatment for any ear condition should always consult their doctor first. Some clients may experience headaches or light popping in the ears after treatment.
Hopi Ear Candling and Indian Head Massage #02

Indian Head Massage

This is a gentle, rhythmic massage therapy which has been practised for over 1000 years. It is, however, much more than just a massage of the head!!

If you are feeling stressed or angry tension tends to accumulate in the neck and shoulders. This tension can lead to stiffness in the neck and shoulders, eye strain and puffiness around the eyes. During the course of an Indian Head Massage the neck, shoulders, upper arms, face, ears and scalp are gently massaged to help unknot and relieve tensions.

What are the benefits of an Indian Head Massage? It is renowned for relieving the symptoms of stress, and it provides relief from aches and pains. It is also reputed to promote hair growth! However, the benefits are not just physical – the treatment also works on an emotional level as it calms the mind and promotes relaxation.

Please note that Cathy uses a small amount of oil when massaging the client’s neck – she does not use oils on the hair and scalp. However, during the treatment a small amount of oil may be transferred onto the client’s hairline.

The client remains fully clothed throughout the 45-minute treatment, and is seated in a chair.

Thanks to Sarah for being my model, and to Gill for taking the photos.


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