Thermal Auricular Therapy (also known as Hopi Ear Candles) is promoted as a pleasant and non-invasive treatment of the ears. Practitioners say that it helps with excessive or compacted wax in the ears, eases sinuses, stimulates local and reflex energy flow and has an over all relaxing and calming effect which is great stress buster.
How it works
I thought the lady was going to produce a large wax candle and then plonk it in my ear; how very wrong I was, they are more like thin canvas like tapers.
The candles work by vaporising their ingredients once lit, (I chose Bergamot and Petunia) bringing air flow towards the first chamber of the ear. The candle creates a mild suction which lets the vapours gently massage the eardrum and auditory canal. Once the candle is placed in the ear it forms a seal which enables wax and other impurities to be drawn out of the ear.
The candle was placed into my ear, only so resting inside the canal, lit and steadied by the practitioner, then left to burn gently for about 7 minutes, then repeated on the other ear.
Once this was complete, I had a relaxing face massage to increase blood flow and decongest my sinus.
As I am foul, I was most looking forward to opening up the filer in the candles too see what it had drawn out. There were some small clumps of wax drawn up from the ear drum but not a great deal.