Tennent Technique

Hopi Ear Candling

Ear candles have been used by many cultures as an effective natural therapy since ancient times and today this fascinating and wonderfully relaxing therapy is having it's renaissance within western culture. I am an accredited ear candler and offer a treatment, which includes a head and face massage.

Quite different from conventional wax candles, a Hopi ear candle is actually a cotton tube, impregnated with beeswax, honey and therapeutic oils, that is painlessly inserted into the ear to draw out impurities, relieve pressure in the head and sinuses, and aid hearing problems.

The candles are made from natural ingredients that include sage, St John’s wort, chamomile and beta-carotene. Otherwise known as thermo-auricular therapy, the original source of the technique seems to be from medical ceremonies performed by a native American Indian tribe called the Hopis (meaning ‘peaceful people’).

How does it work?

When lit, the ear candle generates a gentle heat which, when combined with the therapeutic oils, produces a light suction action. This is known as the chimney principle, and works by drawing impurities gently to the surface, where they can be removed.

Most deposits evaporate and are carried away through the candle ‘chimney’, but some are found in the condensed candle wax residue after it is removed from the ear. None of the candle residue actually goes into the ear. 

What does it involve?

Clients are usually advised to remove makeup and jewellery before the treatment starts. Fully dressed the client lies down on their side, with their head supported on a pillow so the auditory canal is vertical. The candle is then lit and the non-burning end is placed gently into the outer ear passage and is turned lightly to seal it in place.

The candle then generates a pleasant crackling sound and a warm, comfortable feeling while it draws out the impurities from the ear. After around 10 minutes the process is repeated on the other ear. This is followed by a period of relaxation, and sometimes a facial massage concentrating on the sinus areas.

What is it good for?

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 are the benefits?

Many clients find the treatment relaxing. As well as the relieved feeling that comes from reduced pressure in the ears and sinuses, clients may experience a general calming effect.

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 his or her doctor first. Some clients may experience headaches or light popping in the ears after treatment.

Please note:

Before a treatment commences a full consultation is carried out. This is to establish information about yourself, your lifestyle, why you are coming and suitability for a treatment. After this I can suggest one or several treatments which would be most beneficial for your needs. A treatment typically takes an hour, however longer or shorter treatments can be arranged (please contact me to discuss this further).

A one off treatment is great but to get the most from a therapy it is recommended to try a course. I offer these at a reduction rate if payment is made at the time of the first treatment.

Embody Complementry - Trevor Tennent Proffessionally Qualified for Hopi Ear Candling, Hot Stone Therapy, Indian Head Massage, Seated Acupressure Massage and Sports Massage Complementary Therapists Association

'All treatments offered here are intended as complementary to conventional medicine and are by no means an alternative to, or replacement, for any conventional therapy you may require. If you are currently receiving medical treatment for a particular condition, I may require a letter of clearance from your GP or consultant before treating you'.

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