Fact: Formerly known as "Ear Coning" from when cone-shaped pottery was used to facilitate the flow of smoke into the ear.
Origin: Ancient Egypt/India/China amongst others
Founded: Dating back to the year 2500 B.C. when hollow reeds from swamp areas were utilized as candles.
Therapy Type: Alternative Medicine/Thermal-Auricular
WHAT EXACTLY IS EAR CANDLING?
Ear candles enable the cleansing of the ear canal and sinus passages. The candles are usually a cone shape and are made from linen or cotton, the cone is immersed in wax, then left to harden, ready to be used.
The burn time for each candle is roughly 15 minutes. Conversely a typical ear candling session is approximately one hour in length, this is to enable a second candle to be used if necessary.The client will experience the sensation of the candle being gently positioned into the ear. Additionally whilst the wax is being drawn out from the ear, crackling and popping sounds may be heard.The ear candling session should not cause any discomfort, if you experience any feelings of pain or distress, inform the therapist and they will stop the treatment and continue the session only when you feel ready. Individuals who have extreme loss of hearing may experience a deeper sense of heat within the ear, during the candling, as their sense of feeling is more heightened than that of a person with good hearing.At the conclusion of your session some time is allocated for you to relax, the therapist to support and promote the clearing of the sinuses and rid the body of toxins, may give you a head, neck, ear or sinus massage. Following the treatment you may find drainage occurs from the sinuses or excess wax drains from the ears overnight, this is common and demonstrates that the ear candling was successful. Furthermore if a feeling of light-headedness and/or sensitivity to noise, due to the blockage being removed should take place, adding a few drops of ear oil onto a small piece of cotton wool and inserting it into the ear can ease the discomfort.
Most people find Ear Candling deeply relaxing and enjoy the tension it releases throughout the body. It is also extremely safe when carried out by a qualified practitioner. It is wise to carry out some research and select a therapist who is either a member of, or accredited by, an association or professional body such as the NZ Society of Naturopaths (NZSN). Ear Candling practitioners are obligated to a code of ethics and procedure that determines the therapy is carried out in a suitable and safe environment. These regulations also guarantee a specialist who has undergone certifiable training and receives professional upskilling.
The Wellness Directory provides a ready-made referral list of certified Ear Candling Practitioners within your region. We fully encourage you to do some independent research by checking out individual credentials, i.e. experience, training, qualifications, relevant client feedback and so forth.
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