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Thermal Auricular Therapy – or Hopi Ear Candling as it is sometimes known – can be used to treat common ear, nose and throat conditions, balance problems, excessive wax, ringing in ear, migraines, headaches and sinusitis.

The Treatment

Hopi Ear is a non-invasive treatment of the ears. You will be asked to lie on a couch on your side. A candle will be gently twisted into the auditory canal and then lit.  It is held here until it has burned down and then it will be removed from your ear, you will be asked to turn over, and the treatment is repeated in the other ear. It takes approximately 10-15 mins for each ear.


After both ears have been treated you will be asked to lie on your back and a face massage can then be given to help clear the ear and nasal passage. The whole treatment is therapeutic and relaxing. You may find you can hear and breath more easily afterwards.


The Facial Massage

This will help drain the sinuses, reinforce lymph action and the blood flow.  Pressure points on the face and neck are stimulated this can releases blockages.  Facial muscles can hold tension from our daily lives. The massage can be relaxing.  It also helps to stimulate the lymphatic system, bringing you harmony and balance.

The Candles

Ear candles are hollow tubes traditionally made from organically grown flax, extracts of honey, beeswax and herbs. They have a filter at the end to protect you. 


How do they work?

The candles work by very slowly burning down and causing a slight vacuum in the ear. As the flame gently vibrates the air this then massages the eardrum. Heat from the candle stimulates the blood circulation and softens the wax.

The heat also stimulates reflex zones and energy points. Ear candles also indirectly act on acupuncture points that are then revitalised. The vacuum caused by the candle can help eliminate waste and deposits from the ear canal. It also opens closed pores, regenerates the breathing of the skin, and helps regain the correct tension of the eardrum following flights, mountain climbing, swimming and diving.  These activities can cause a "blocked ear" feeling. 


Ear Candles can help with:

  • Irritation in ears and sinuses

  • Excessive or compacted ear wax

  • Pressure regulation in cases of sinusitis, rhinitis, glue ear, colds, flu, headaches and migraine

  • Stress

  • Noises in the ears such as ringing, tinnitus

  • Catarrh and asthma

  • Vertigo

  • Meniere's Disease


They are particularly helpful to frequent flyers such as air cabin crew and business people as they help to regulate ear pressure.


Contra-indications & Contra-actions

  • Perforation or lack of eardrum

  • Ventilation tubes, auricular drains or grommets

  • Recent ear surgery

  • Auricular cysts

  • Acute mastoiditis

  • Otosclerosis or Otospongiosis

  • Ear tumour

  • Inflammation

  • Infection

  • Allergic reaction to the ear candle contents


Many people who have the treatment find it relaxing and experience a "slight relieved feeling" in the ears and head.  They find it gives them a relaxing and calming effect on their whole body.  Occasionally people have experienced slight headaches and occasional popping shortly after the treatment.